Canary Wharf IRA bomb hero flies to Northern Ireland to meet other victims
Victims of the Canary Wharf IRA bombing 15 years ago are in Northern Ireland today for solidarity talks with families across the UK and Irish Republic affected by Libyan-sponsored terrorism.
They include Jonathan Ganesh, a security guard trapped by the bomb blast at the Midland Bank HQ at South Quay in 1996.
He flew to Belfast at the weekend for the Docklands Victims’ Association for talks with Northern Ireland’s Families Acting for Innocent Relatives, which has been leading a campaign for compensation from the Gaddafi regime.
“We have been looking forward to meeting other victims in Northern Ireland who have suffered due to terrorist outages,” he told the East London Advertiser before leaving. “Northern Ireland has suffered so much due to Gaddafi’s sponsorship of the IRA.”
Jonathan, now 41, was trapped in the rubble at the bank at South Quay when the massive bomb went off, killing two men and injuring 39 others.
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But he managed to crawl out, then heard on his radio there could be another bomb in the area and, despite his injuries, ushered other wounded to safety in the basement car park before being taken to hospital himself.
He was lucky to be alive, but lost two friends, Inan Bashir and John Jefferies, who ran a news kiosk at South Quay destroyed in the blast which also wreaked havoc on the nearby Barkantine Estate in Millwall.
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