Fort girls safe af­ter bomb at­tack

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times & Oban Times -

TWO Fort Wil­liam girls who were at Manch­ester Arena when the sui­cide bomb went off have been speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times about the chaos that un­folded in the mo­ments af­ter the at­tack.

Sis­ters Si­bel, 19, and Sehnaz, 14, Yildiz were at the Ari­ana Grande con­cert on Mon­day night when an ex­plo­sion erupted af­ter the con­cert.

The girls ar­rived back in Scot­land on Tuesday.

Speak­ing from Glas­gow, Si­bel, who is a stu­dent in the city said: ‘It’s all so sur­real right now, and I am just so glad I and my sis­ter are home safe.

‘One minute ev­ery­one was hav­ing a great time, be­cause it was the end of the con­cert and ev­ery­one was in high spir­its, and then all of a sud­den the com­mo­tion just came out of nowhere – it was just unimag­in­able.’

The girls were seated near the front of the stage, close to a set of stairs at an exit. Ev­ery­one was start­ing to leave out the exit and then I just heard a mas­sive ex­plo­sion. I re­mem­ber look­ing out into the crowd and I saw peo­ple run­ning and ev­ery­one around me just started to scream.

‘Sehnaz just looked at me, she was ter­ri­fied. She was say­ing, “Si­bel, what’s hap­pen­ing? I’m scared”. At that point I just grabbed her and started run­ning. But there were just so many peo­ple and I started to lose her in the crowd. I was so scared she was go­ing to get lost. But I was adamant I was go­ing to get us out of there.’

Lochaber High School pupil Sehnaz, who is a huge fan of Ari­ana, was given a pair of tick­ets to the con­cert from her par­ents as a Christ­mas present.

The girls’ dad, Abidin, who runs Abi’s Ke­babs in Fort Wil­liam, said he got a call from Si­bel to tell him what had hap­pened at around 11pm.

He said: ‘She called and was say­ing, “Dad, there’s been an ex­plo­sion at the con­cert”.

‘I just started to panic and worry about them. I just can’t stop think­ing what if it was them. I feel shocked and so sorry for other par­ents of chil­dren who lost their lives, and all of those in­no­cent chil­dren.’

Si­bel, left, and Sehnaz Yildiz.

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