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Fijian Family Will Not be Deterred By Terror Attack

Fijian Waisea Suka had walked past Westminster Bridge, one hour before the terror attack near the parliamentary complex in London, it was disclosed yesterday. His mother, Lorraine Suka, said Waisea
25 Mar 2017 10:00
Fijian Family Will Not be Deterred By Terror Attack
Lorraine Suka pays her respects at Westminister.

Fijian Waisea Suka had walked past Westminster Bridge, one hour before the terror attack near the parliamentary complex in London, it was disclosed yesterday.

His mother, Lorraine Suka, said Waisea had just got home from school. Then they heard sirens. It was not until she accessed Facebook that she discovered the horrific and tragic event.

The attack scene was part of their daily route to school and work.

She said they lived only nine minutes away from the scene by car.

Mrs Suka described it as a frightening experience, wondering what could have happened if she or a family member was in the vicinity of the attack.

“I was hearing more sirens than normal that afternoon, our eldest son Waisea Suka had just walked past Westminster Bridge and then an hour later we saw the devastation,” said Mrs Suka.

Mrs Suka and her family moved to the United Kingdom in 2008 from Germany, where her husband was based as a British Army soldier.

They currently live in Central London not far from the terror attack scene.

“I panicked and I collected my thoughts. I was scared that the attack may escalate to something bigger,” she said.

Concerned family and friends from Fiji and around the world messaged the family to ask whether they were alright.

Mrs Suka said she had worked in Central London for five years and normally commuted along the route of the attack.

Asked if she would be more cautious now, she said: “Although this has happened, I wouldn’t let an act of terror deter me from travelling on that bridge.”

She said the usual saying in London is “Keep calm and carry on, and that’s what we’re all doing.”

Yesterday, she paid a visit to the site to pay tribute to the brave Police officer, PC Keith Palmer who lost his life because of his act of bravery.

“London is a great city and we as a family are very blessed to be living here,” she said.

Since the attack, Police have beefed up their presence around the area, which was visible when Mrs Suka walked around the neighborhood yesterday.

About five Fijian families live near the Bridge close to where the attack happened.

The Sukas joined thousands of mourners who filled the Trafalgar Square for a vigil for the victims killed in the attack.

Police have identified the assailant in the attack as Khalid Masood, 52, an English teacher who was born in Kent, southeast England.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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