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Tuesday, 15 October, 2002, 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK
Bali relatives braced for worst
Emotional reunions at Heathrow airport
Heathrow has been the scene of emotional reunions
Relatives of Britons feared dead in the Bali bomb say they are braced to hear the worst.

The death toll from the nightclub attack has risen to almost 200 people - including 33 Britons. Hundreds more are wounded, including at least two dozen Britons.

Two Indonesian men are also being questioned by police investigating the bomb attack last Saturday.

Police chiefs said the identity card of one of the men had been found close to the nightclub where the car bomb exploded, in the beachside town of Kuta.

Officers have also found traces of plastic explosive at the bomb scene - suggesting a sophisticated operation.

Prime Minister Tony Blair will make an emergency Commons statement on Tuesday outlining Britain's response to the bombing.

Among the Britons feared dead in the attack are seven members of an amateur Hong Kong rugby team.

A County Durham car mechanic is also thought to have died, and there are fears for two backpackers from Sheffield.

On Monday Mr Blair said the incident showed that the world was still under threat from terrorism, and urged international action to "eradicate this evil".

Hundreds were burned by the fire caused by the explosion
So far, six Britons have been named among the dead.

On Monday, it was confirmed that Marc Gajardo, 30, from Cornwall, had died in the bombing.

British national Paul Hussey, who lived in Bali, was confirmed dead by the Foreign Office on Tuesday.

While South Yorkshire police issued a statement announcing cousins Natalie Perkins, 20, and Laura France, 18, both from Sheffield, had died.

They had stopped off on the Indonesian holiday island while travelling to Australia before starting work and higher education.

Ian Findley, 55, a car mechanic, of West Pelton, County Durham, was another confirmed dead by a friend and travelling companion who identified his body in Bali.

The final victim to be identified so far is Jon Ellwood, the director of studies at the International School at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Marc Gajardo
Marc Gajardo died in the explosion
Confirming the death, a school spokeswoman said Mr Ellwood, 39, from Aldbury, Hertfordshire, was in Bali on holiday and due to attend an Education Conference on the International Baccalaureate this weekend.

Nine Britons are in hospital in Bali, three are in Australian hospitals and four have been repatriated to hospitals in Singapore.

There were emotional scenes at Heathrow airport on Tuesday as flights carrying some of the Britons caught up in the blast arrived home.

Heroic rescues

Other survivors returning to the UK have been describing their experiences.

Rachel Griffiths, 28, from Tenby, Pembrokeshire, was pulled from the club wreckage by friend Jonathan Hartery and suffered burns, cuts and bruising.

Natalie Perkins
Natalie Perkins: Died with her cousin
She said: "After the explosion... when I saw the flames they were very, very severe and very hot and I thought maybe we wouldn't [get out]."

The device exploded outside a crowded nightclub in the resort of Kuta, which is popular with foreign tourists.

While no-one has admitted carrying out the attack, both Indonesia and US President George Bush have said they believed it was linked to the al-Qaeda network.

Mr Blair will address MPs on the first day of the new parliamentary session following their summer break.

On Monday he spoke to President Bush, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri about the bomb.

Laura France
Laura France: Confirmed dead
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw is holding talks in Washington - originally meant to focus primarily on Iraq - with US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Mr Blair could face criticism in the Commons for allowing the prospect of war with Iraq to distract attention from the war on terrorism.

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said on Monday that the bomb highlighted the folly of allowing Iraq to dominate the global anti-terrorism agenda.

Forensic teams

The Foreign Office is urging people to avoid travelling to Indonesia for now.

A team of British forensic and counter-terrorism specialists are on their way to Kuta and Singapore to help with the investigation.

Helpline numbers
British Consulate: 00 62 361270572
Foreign Office: 0207 0080000
Detectives are appealing for information from anyone who has returned from Bali in the last few days.

The Muslim Council of Britain has strongly condemned the bombing and urged the authorities to punish those responsible.

UK tour operators are flying home some of the 1,000 British tourists who were on Bali, although many have decided to stay on.

The government has said it will help relatives of the dead pay to bring their bodies home. It will also help pay for the travel home of the injured, and the travel of relatives to visit the dead or injured.

Kerry O'Shaughnessy and Andy Swann from Exeter
"Once the debris had finished falling we got out quite quickly"

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