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Canadian, French, Australian and London victims named among terror attack dead

Two women comfort each other during a minute’s silence on London Bridge in honour of the victims of Saturday night’s terror attack PICTURE: Dominic Lipinski/PA

A LONDONER, a Canadian woman, an Australian nurse and a French national were among the seven people killed in Saturday night's attack in the capital.

Canadian Christine Archibald (30), was the first to be named.

She died in her fiance's arms after being struck by the speeding van on London Bridge.

Her family said she would have had "no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death".

James McMullan (32), from Hackney, was last seen outside the Barrowboy And Banker pub and his sister said police have told her his bank card was found on a body at the scene of the attack.

Melissa McMullan described her brother as "an inspiration" and told Sky News: "While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us, and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more."

She added that police told her they were unable to formally identify him until the coroner's report is released on Tuesday.

Australian nurse Kirsty Boden was killed after she ran towards danger to help people, her family said.

Relatives said the 28-year-old was "loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend", while colleagues at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in central London described her as "one in a million".

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life," her family said in a statement. "We are so proud of Kirsty's brave actions, which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was."

A French citizen was also killed, foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The victim has not yet been named by officials or his family, but French newspapers reported he worked in a bar in the London Bridge area.

Mr Le Drian told a press conference on Monday that two French citizens are missing and eight were taken to hospital, four of whom are in a critical state and two of whom have been discharged.

Four people reported missing have not been seen since the attack:

Sebastien Belanger's friends said the French chef was last seen drinking at the Boro Bistro near Borough Market when the area came under attack.

Two of his companions that night escaped uninjured, but the fate of the 36-year-old remains unknown and his loved ones – who have since printed leaflets in a plea for information – believe he is still alive.

Originally from Angers, western France, Mr Belanger has lived in London for several years and his friend Damien Lecomte (34), said: "It's frustrating, the people are trying to help us as much as they can, but they don't have much information at the moment."

Xavier Thomas and his girlfriend, Christine Delcros, are said to have both been victims.

Nathalie Cros Brohan said on Facebook on Monday that she was on her way to London after her sister, Ms Delcros, was injured and taken to hospital, while Mr Thomas is yet to be found.

"I call on all those who have news of #Xavier #Thomas who is missing," she posted. "We're terribly worried."

The family of Sara Zelenak told Australia's ABC news they are "bracing for the worst" after she became separated from friends on Saturday night.

Pri Goncalves said on Facebook she was the last person to see her, writing: "I called her a lot of times but she never picked up the phone. She hasn't been seen since the attack and we are all scared, worried but hoping she will be all right."

Ms Zelenak's mother Julie Wallace told Brisbane radio station 97.3FM she planned to fly to London to look for her daughter, who she described as a "very smart, sensible girl".

Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria (39), remains missing after trying to help an injured woman in Borough Market, his father said, based on the account of his son's friend who was at the scene.

Joaquin Echeverria told the Associated Press that the family was flying to London on Tuesday to join other relatives, adding authorities had not shared any information with them.

The son's employer, HSBC, has provided the services of a private detective to help in the hunt for information.

Dozens of others were injured, including four police officers:

A British Transport Police (BTP) officer was stabbed in the head, face and leg after taking on the knifemen armed only with his baton.

An off-duty Metropolitan Police officer was in hospital with serious injuries after he confronted the attackers with no weapon.

Two other Met officers, who were both on duty, received less serious injuries during the rampage.

New Zealander Oliver Dowling (32), from Christchurch, is reported to have been left in a coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach.

It was reported that his girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, was also injured.

Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho was left in intensive care after being stabbed in the throat when he tried to help a wounded bouncer.

He has tweeted: "Thank you every one for the best wishes. I got out of surgery yesterday and am on the mend."

Two Australians were stabbed in the neck, while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government had "very real concerns" about another two citizens who may have been caught up in the attacks.

Candice Hedge is recovering in St Thomas' Hospital, while Andrew Morrison received stitches for a wound and was on his way home to Australia.

Daniel O'Neill (23) was left with a 7in wound from his stomach to his back and was saved by a friend who applied a tourniquet and took him downstairs in a pub.

Millwall FC fan Roy Larner (47), told The Sun he was knifed eight times as the attackers targeted drinkers at the Black & Blue restaurant and bar.

Speaking to the paper from hospital, he said he tried to fight them off with his bare hands, adding: "They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere."

Alexandre Pigeard (27), has been named by French media as one of the seven people killed.

Brittany news outlet Le Telegramme reported an account from Boro Bistro manager Vincent Le Berre, who told how his colleague, Mr Pigeard, was attacked by a terrorist in the bar near Borough Market on Saturday night.

"I managed to escape him, but my friend Alexandre did not have that chance. He was hit in the neck with a knife," he said.

According to French media, Mr Pigeard was from Caen, in Normandy, but had been living in London for more than two years.

Normandy news outlet La Manche Libre reported that Frederic Loinard, the mayor of nearby Colleville-Montgomery, where Mr Pigeard has family, confirmed the death to locals yesterday.

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