A relative of a Birmingham family recovering in hospital following the bloody Bank Holiday bombings in Turkey yesterday spoke of his relief that they survived the atrocity.
Richard Hughes, whose mother Dorothy was badly hurt when Kurdish militants carried out a two-day campaign of terror which left three people dead, said he was grateful that his relatives were still alive.
Dorothy was injured with her daughter Jenny and grandson Louis Beckford, aged nine, when a bomb exploded in their minibus.
Louis's father, Alex, and his grandmother, Susanne, were also injured when Kurdish militants struck in the popular seaside town of Marmaris late on Sunday night. Louis suffered burns to his face, legs and other injuries.
Speaking from his home in Quinton yesterday, Richard said the family had been holidaying in the resort for the last couple of years.
He said he was "relieved" to have not travelled with the family this year because of lack of money.
He added: "The first I knew of what had happened was when mum rang me at 6am from the hospital.
"Although they've all got nasty injuries, I'm so grateful that they are all still alive."
He said Dorothy had broken both legs while Jenny, aged 36, Alex, aged 35 and Susanne, aged 67, had shrapnel wounds.
Richard, a 35-year-old metal finisher, said the family had resisted using buses all week because of the warnings of bomb attacks. But they had been out for a meal on Sunday night and decided to throw caution to the wind. Speaking from the home in Glyn Farm Road, which he shares with his mother, he said: "The blast apparently came from the back of the bus and luckily they were all near the front.
"I don't know how serious Louis's injuries are but his head is almost completely covered in bandages. He is only nine. I hope he doesn't have permanent scarring."
The family were recovering after receiving treatment at the Abu Hetman Hospital in Marmaris.
A man and a woman aged 38 and 44, from Coventry, who suffered minor injuries, were released from the private Caria Hospital on Monday.
The remaining five Britons in the Marmaris minibus attack were: Sarah Wilson, 37, of Essendon, Hertford-shire, who was travelling with her sons, Adam, seven, and Jamie, eight, and friend Kevin Smith, 41, and his daughter Jennifer, 13.
She said both families had been to a restaurant and had just got on to a bus used to ferry tourists to their hotels.
Another bomb attack in Istanbul on Sunday injured six people, and a blast on Monday in the Turkish coastal resort of Antalya left three dead and at least 20
wounded. There were two other explosions in Marmaris at the same time as the blast that ripped apart a minibus. However, there were no injuries connected with the explosions in rubbish bins on the town's main boulevard, an area lined with bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants.
The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a small militant group believed to be an offshoot of the much larger Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, claimed responsibility for both Sunday's attacks.
They issued a chilling vow to "turn Turkey into hell" as the Foreign Office continued to warn of a "high threat from terrorism" in the country.
Turkish police yesterday detained an alleged Kurdish rebel who was said to be planning a fresh bombing campaign.