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Zainab Usman Is One Of The Lucky Ones Who Left Promenade des Anglais Just Minutes Before The Terrorist Attack



Zainab Usman, who is currently under going her Ph.D programme in Oxford University, explained how she unknowingly walked away from the target of the attack 10 minutes before a  man, identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhle, deliberately drove a cargo truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, killing 85 people and injuring 303.

The attacker was killed in an exchange of fire between him and the police, during the attack.

Below the excerpt of her story as shared on her blog –

“I am in a large crowd walking on one of the adjacent streets, at the main city square, Place Massena, heading home, when we see people running from the Promenade, spilling into the square.

“It is frantic. Chaotic. Nothing like I have ever seen. Mothers grab their children. Friends disperse. The crowd sways and moves in all directions, with a collective look of sheer terror. Something is happening. We don’t know what it is. No one knows.

“My Brazilian classmate pulls my arm and urges me to run. I just had a new, ‘revolutionary’ hairdo. It feels heavy and is dragging me behind. Nevertheless, I run into one of the backstreets. Holding my hair with one hand, my handbag with the other, like a cartoon character, feeling scared and ridiculous at the same time.

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