Wharf bomb victims buoyed by PM's Libya visit
Victims of the Canary Wharf bomb received a boost in their campaign for compensation after Prime Minister David Cameron highlighted their plight during his visit to Libya this week.
The Canary Wharf bombing of 1996 was caused with Semtex supplied by the fallen dictator.
Shop workers John Jeffries and Inam Bashir were killed in the blast at South Quay, while dozens more were left with life-changing injuries.
Mr Cameron mentioned their case while announcing detectives investigating the murder of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher would head to the north African country.
The PM told the press there was a need to "discuss and try to recognise the pain and damage that was inflicted by the Semtex that Colonel Gaddafi gave to the IRA".
Former Canary Wharf security guard Jonathan Ganesh, who was injured in the blast and has since campaigned on behalf of the victims, said he was glad to hear the PM's speech.
He said it was important victims work closely with UK and Libyan governments to create "a positive lasting legacy" from the Wharf atrocity and the many other IRA attacks caused by Libyan Semtex.
"We very much welcome the PM's comments," he said. "They clearly demonstrate this issue is very high on the agenda.
"We've been in discussions with the Libyan and UK governments, not just for compensation to the victims, but also over the opportunity for reconciliation with the Libyan people.
"We were both victims of Colonel Gaddafi."