Fort girls safe after bomb attack
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.