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Cancelled Dinner Saves Priscilla

‘Concert hall where the shooting took place just 8-minute walk from my workplace’ A Fijian living in Paris, Priscilla Singh, could count herself lucky after she cancelled a dinner invitation
16 Nov 2015 10:29
Cancelled Dinner Saves Priscilla

‘Concert hall where the shooting took place just 8-minute walk from my workplace’

A Fijian living in Paris, Priscilla Singh, could count herself lucky after she cancelled a dinner invitation just a few minutes before terrorists struck various establishments in Paris with guns and bombs last Saturday.

In an interview with Fiji Sun from Paris, the private school English teacher said she was invited to dinner by a workmate after finishing work at 9pm that evening at a restaurant in Place de Republique. “But I had to cancel the dinner invitation because I had to work early the next day,” Ms Singh said.

She said on arriving home at 9.45pm, she was shocked to see on television what had happened; the concert hall where the shooting attacks took place was just an eight-minute walk from where she worked.

“There were also many restaurants located there and the shooters were targeting open bar restaurants at random,” she said.

Ms Singh attended a candle vigil at Place de la République in Paris Saturday evening (yesterday Fiji time) where people gathered and lit candles.

“During 5 to 6pm on Saturdays, bars and cafes will be filled with people but now it’s quiet and subdued and empty.”

Ms Singh said this was not her first experience of a terror attack in France; the first was in Toulouse in 2012 where she witnessed the Mohd Merah attack where seven people were shot dead and the second was the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris early this year which brought the city to its knees.

She said she was shocked at what happened and started contacting her friends to see if they were safe.

“It was also reported on the local news that our work place was on lockdown,” she said.

“Paris is very quiet after the incident happened and people are still in shock but hopefully soon things will get back to normal,” Ms Singh said.

Ms Singh said her family in Fiji, who had been greatly concerned, were relieved that she was safe.

Meanwhile, Flying Fijians captain, Akapusi Qera confirmed that Fijian boys playing in Paris are safe and Simon Raiwalui and the rest of the boys living hours away from Paris.

The co-ordinated attacks hit six sites in Paris starting at around 9.20pm local time killing more than 120 people, leaving more in critical condition.

Feedback:  arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 



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