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WA: Perth businessman one of two Australians killed in Indon

Fri Jul 17 20:30:45 EST 2009

PERTH, July 17 AAP - Perth businessman Nathan Verity is believed to be one of two Australians killed in the Jakarta hotel terrorists bombings.

Jim Truscott, a personal friend, said Mr Verity had run a human resources and recruitment business out of Jakarta, but lived in Perth with his wife Vanessa and five-year-old son.

"He only lived in Jakarta for work. He would spend a couple of weeks in Jakarta and couple of weeks in Perth," Mr Truscott told Fairfax Radio.

"His home base was Perth."

Mr Truscott said he had not learned how Mr Verity may have died but said his body had been found amid the rubble of one of the bomb blasts that struck the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels.

"We don't know at all exactly (how he died) other than his body's intact and he must have been killed by a blast," Mr Truscott said.

He said his wife Vanessa was "pretty distraught" on learning of the death.

"She'll go up tonight and hopefully identify the body tomorrow morning and bring him home."

Verity is the name of Mr Verity's company.

Its website describes the company as "a professional search and selection company and recruitment consultancy formed in Australia and Indonesia in 2007".