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'I thought it was a dream and that I would wake up' - Eyewitness vividly describes police raid in Saint-Dénis

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 18/11/2015 | 17:37

An eyewitness to the police raids in Saint-Denis this morning describes how the terrifying scene unfolded right across the street from her home.

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Sara Bouzane,says that when the violence commenced she closed all of her windows.

As she replays a video of the raid that she recorded on her mobile phone she seems to relive it, wincing as explosions can be heard and closing her eyes and exhaling sharply as gunfire rings out.

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"I thought it was a dream and that I would wake up but it's not a dream.

"My son goes to school and I go to do shopping and every day we cross the street," she said.

Members of French special RAID forces gather on the scene in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Members of French special RAID forces gather on the scene in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Members of French special police forces of the Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) are seen near a raid zone in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Masked French judicial police unit members walk at the scene of the raid in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Ms. Bouzane is then joined at the door by another resident who says that she has been following the raid on TV and that the police think the terrorists are in the building across the road.

"In the past policemen said to me that the people across the street are dangerous," the woman said.

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