Tributes paid to dead men

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Tributes continued to be paid yesterday to the bomb-blast victims, Inan Ul-Haq Bashir, 29, and John Jefferies, 31, who were on Saturday dug out of the rubble of the newsagents in which they worked.

Immediately after the explosion, Mr Jefferies' 68-year-old father, also called John, rushed from the home they shared in Bromley, Kent, to scour lists of the injured, but he could find no trace of his son. On Saturday, he said: "I hate the IRA and I would like to shoot Gerry Adams."

Mr Jefferies's neighbours described the young man as a gentle musician. One, Terry Elliott, 59, said: "He used to say he wanted to be a pop star. He wrote music and he wanted to be famous. You'd see him coming out of the house with his guitar on his back."

Mr Bashir's elder brother, Ishan Bashir, of Streatham, south London, said: "What tribute can you give, apart from that he was a lovely man? Let him rest in peace."

Four bomb victims remain in hospital. A woman, 23, has serious facial injuries, a man, 34, has head and back injuries and a man, 31, has serious facial wounds. The fourth, Zaoui Berrezag, 55, remains critical with skull and face injuries. His son, Farid, 17, has had two operations to remove shards of glass from his neck and skull.

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