Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Australia confirms deaths of two citizens in London attack

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Kirsty Boden was killed trying to help other victims, her family said
Two Australians were killed in the London Bridge terror attack, the nation's government has said.

South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, died while running towards danger to help victims on the bridge, her family said.
The other victim has not been named.
On Tuesday, relatives of a 21-year-old Queensland woman, Sara Zelenak, said she had not been seen since the attack and they were "bracing for the worst".
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she was "deeply saddened" to confirm that two Australians had been killed.

"The Australian government has remained in close contact with the families who have requested privacy," she said on Wednesday.
Victims of the attack
What we know so far
Ms Boden was from a town called Loxton, about 250km (155 miles) from Adelaide, and had been working in the UK as a senior staff nurse in Theatres Recovery.
'Heroic' actions
Her family said she was adored by her family, friends and boyfriend.
"She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people," their statement said.

"We are so proud of Kirsty's brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty - we love you and we will miss you dearly."

Queensland woman Sara Zelenak is missing, her family says
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said Ms Boden's death was heartbreaking.
"We all know someone who could have been innocently wandering through London last weekend," he said.
"It is the random nature of this heinous crime which makes it so hard to fathom."
Fears for missing woman
Relatives of Ms Zelenak, who has been working as an au pair in London, said they were concerned for her safety.
Her aunt told reporters: "The family is trying to keep it together but bracing for the worst, obviously."
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had spoken to Ms Zelenak's family.

Media The aunt of Sara Zelenak, who is missing since the attack, says the family are "bracing for the worst"
"Sara Zelenak is a young Australian 21-year-old who was working in London, an au pair, whose circumstances have been the subject of very grave concern," he told local radio station 3AW on Wednesday.
Two more Australians, Candice Hedge from Brisbane and Andrew Morrison from Darwin, were among the injured, after both being stabbed.

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