‘I’M GLAD I LEFT THE ARENA LATER’

Bomb ex­ploded at an en­trance near where we sat, says con­cert-goer

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“IHEARD a loud boom, and when I looked up to see, ev­ery­one had al­ready started scream­ing and run­ning.”

Th­ese were the words of Wan Amalia Wan Jazmi, who was hav­ing a fun night out with her two friends at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert when an ex­plo­sion rocked the foyer en­trance of the Manch­ester Arena in Eng­land on Mon­day night.

Amalia, 27, said the show was com­ing to an end when the blast re­ver­ber­ated through the build­ing.

“The bomb ex­ploded at the upper en­trance while I was seated at the bottom area. It was re­ally near where we sat.

“At that time, some of the con­cert­go­ers had al­ready made their way out through the en­trance and exit.

“I am so thank­ful that I de­cided to exit slightly later. If I had ex­ited ear­lier, I would have surely been af­fected,” said Amalia, who is a caterer in Se­lan­gor.

Amalia, who has been on a hol­i­day in Eng­land for a week, re­counted the mo­ment she heard the ex­plo­sion.

“It was so chaotic. Peo­ple were run­ning and ram­ming into each other. Chil­dren were cry­ing.

“We were so scared, but my friends and I just ran to our car.”

Amalia said many am­bu­lances and a heli­copter were out­side the arena.

There were also road­blocks and po­lice­men, and the train sta­tions were shut down, she said.

“Many peo­ple were stranded. Luck­ily, we drove there.

“We used back roads that were not blocked to get to our place in Turner Street, which is about 15 min­utes from the arena.”

Af­ter ini­tially feel­ing trau­ma­tised, Amalia said she was now re­lieved.

She was sched­uled to leave for Malaysia yes­ter­day night.

Wan Amalia Wan Jazmi (right) and her friend, Iffa Syazwanie, at the Ari­ana Grande con­cert at Manch­ester Arena be­fore the ex­plo­sion.

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