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Federal Government officially confirms two Australians died in London Bridge terrorist attack

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The Federal Government has officially confirmed that two Australians were killed in the London terrorist attack.

Overnight London Metropolitan Police confirmed South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden was one of the victims, while there have been grave fears for Queensland woman Sara Zelenak, who has been missing since the attack.

The Federal Government said British authorities had asked Australia to hold off on releasing the victims' names pending official confirmation of their identities and the families being officially notified.

"The Australian Government is deeply saddened to confirm that two Australians have been killed in the London terrorist attack," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement.

"The Australian Government has remained in close contact with the families who have requested privacy.

"We ask the media to respect their request at this difficult and harrowing time."

SA woman Kirsty Boden (left) has been confirmed dead and there have been grave fears for Sara Zelenak (right). © ABC News SA woman Kirsty Boden (left) has been confirmed dead and there have been grave fears for Sara Zelenak (right). London's Metropolitan Police released a statement on behalf of 28-year-old Ms Boden's family, saying "Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend".

"She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people," the statement read.

"Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life."

London-based nanny Ms Zelenak has been missing since she was seen fleeing from the terrorist knifemen who brought havoc to London Bridge.

The 21-year-old's family said there has been no word from her since the weekend.

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