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13/09/01
Blair: 'British Death Toll Will Be in the Hundreds'
- 20,000 overall total feared in WTC collapse

HUNDREDS of Britons are feared to be among the death toll likely to run into the tens of thousands following Tuesday's collapse of the World Trade Centre in New York City.

"It's difficult to predict with any certainty, but what is becoming clear is that the death toll of British citizens is likely to run into the hundreds. It is grim news indeed," said a spokesperson for Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Londoner Poran Malani, who runs an advertising consultancy in Manhattan, saw Tuesday's cataclysmic events in person. "It was incredible. My girlfriend lives close to where it all happened and, through the window of her apartment, we saw the second tower [of the World Trade Centre] collapse. It was total chaos."

The kind of total being estimated for British dead would make the suicide-plane attack the worst terrorist outrage involving UK nationals of all time, but will nevertheless be seen as a mere footnote to the main story. Most estimates are putting the total number of dead as a result of the tragedy in NYC at around 20,000.




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