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London attack close to home

London attack close to home

Last Wednesday people from all around the world, including two Barossa girls living in London, were rattled by a terrorist attack on the Westminster Bridge in London, England.

At around 2.40 p.m. Khalid Masood plowed into pedestrians on the bridge, before crashing outside the British Parliament.

Five people were killed, including a police officer and the attacker, and at least 50 people were injured.

Ebony Haar and Rachel Williams, both from Nuriootpa, have been living in their home in North London for the past eight months.

Both girls were at work at the time of the attack, with Ebony actually receiving an email informing staff to be careful at around 3 p.m., less than half an hour after the incident.

Rachel, who was working in Notting Hill, heard about the attack from Ebony after she’d messaged their group chat to let them know and make sure everyone was alright.

Rachel explained that she was ‘just really shocked’.

“I’ve never been in a city where something so terrible has happened so close to me,” said Rachel.

“I just looked up everything I could about it and messaged my mother to let her know I was okay.”

Meanwhile, Ebony was at work in Soho, less than 10 minute’s  drive away from the attack.

“It just felt so surreal. I was just happy I wasn’t catching my usual tube home which goes through Westminster,” said Ebony.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.