- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2001

Foreigners were not immune to the attack on America Tuesday. More than a dozen countries say their citizens are among the missing and the dead at New York's World Trade Center.
British citizens have made up a significant portion of the missing. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said about 100 people from the United Kingdom were missing, while other reports spoke of even higher numbers.
Several Britons among the missing worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond firm that lost 700 of its employees, and Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, an investment firm missing 68 of its 170 employees. A spokesman at the British consulate in New York said 1,500 inquiries from concerned relatives and friends have been received there. Many are inquiring about loved ones who were nowhere near the attack.
"At a time like this, people don't really understand," the spokesman said. "Their relatives could be in Brooklyn, but to them, it's still New York.
The French were hit hard as well. Carr Futures, a division of the French bank Credit Agricole, said 69 of its 142 employees who worked on the 92nd floor of the north tower were missing.
About 20 Japanese firms had offices in the World Trade Center, including some of the country's largest banks. About a half-dozen Japanese firms were located above the 70th floor of the north tower, but only 22 Japanese nationals were counted among the missing as of yesterday, according to Oyama Nobuyuki, a spokesman for the consulant general's office in New York.
Two of the dead were on the hijacked planes, along with three Chinese nationals. Mr. Noboyuki said it was difficult to determine how many Japanese people worked in the buildings; some worked for American firms, and not all employees of Japanese companies were American. The total number of missing Americans who worked for Japanese firms was still unknown.
He added that Japanese firms have had difficulty finding places to relocate. No Japanese citizens have been among those pulled from the rubble. More than a dozen firms from China, Japan or South Korea were located above the 70th floor of the World Trade Center's north tower.
Fuji Bank and Trust was the Japanese company hit hardest. The company had offices on the 79th through 82nd floors of the south tower, and reports said 12 of 125 employees were missing. Meanwhile, all 94 World Trade Center employees of the Japanese Asahi Bank Ltd. were accounted for, a spokesman told CNN. They all managed to escape from the 60th floor of the north tower.
Kangsoo Seo, a press attache at the South Korean consulate, said that 25 workers from five major South Korean companies located at the World Trade Center were in the building at the time of attack, and all but one had been accounted for.
Sixteen South Korean nationals who worked in American companies in the center and worked in small businesses around the area have yet to be accounted for.
Elsewhere, the Philippines called its losses "substantial," and said that nearly all of the 435 tenant companies in the World Trade Center had a Filipino employee. Officially, seven Filipinos have been reported missing. Additionally, Bangladesh confirmed that 50 of its nationals were believed to have perished.
Final counts for the dead may not come for some time, and breaking down that nationality of victims has proven challenging, officials said. Many specific records dealing with workers nationalities were destroyed in the attacks, adding to the difficulties.
"It's very difficult, but it's something we're trying to get a hold of," the British spokesman said.


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