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Sunday 25 February 2018

Young Irish woman feels 'incredibly lucky' after surviving London terror attack and Nepal earthquake

Amy Webster and her boyfriend walk away from the scene of the London terror attack
Amy Webster and her boyfriend walk away from the scene of the London terror attack

Kathy Armstrong

An Irish woman has admitted she feels "incredibly lucky" after surviving the London terror attack and an earthquake in Nepal.

Amy Webster (26) was enjoying a night out in a restaurant in London's Borough Market with her boyfriend on Saturday night when three jihadists drove a van into pedestrians, before they jumped out and started stabbing people.

Derry native Amy told BBC Radio Foyle of the London attack: "There were glasses being chucked around, bottles, and then people were throwing chairs.

"People at the back of the restaurant started screaming and running away from it."

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She added: "We started to run away and it wasn't until after a couple of minutes the manager managed to get the guys out of the restaurant and close the shutters.

London Bridge attackers Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Shazad Butt (Met Police/PA)
London Bridge attackers Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Shazad Butt (Met Police/PA)

"We started to come back into the restaurant and someone was saying: 'A girl's been stabbed.'

"Basically, three men had come in with knives and stabbed a girl next to the door."

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack and the three men who carried it out were killed by police.

She added that her boyfriend actually saw one of the attackers.

Ms Webster said: "My partner saw one of the attackers briefly . He saw a man holding up a big knife that [he said] was about a foot-and-a-half long and waving it about.

"We thought it was all over. I was getting our bags together and i was down next to the door and then we started hearing gun fire outside.

"We heard about four rounds of gun shots, in hindsight that was probably the police but we didn't know they were there at that point.

"I found leaving the restaurant was almost the scariest part. We didn't know what was on the other side of the door."

Some of the scenes in the wake of the terror attack in London
Some of the scenes in the wake of the terror attack in London

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Incredibly, Amy also escaped a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 unharmed.

Seven people died and dozens more were injured.

The earthquake killed more than 7,000 people and injured another 10,000 near base camp.

She said that she feels grateful to have survived when so many didn't.

She said: "We walked past a couple of other bars that were also attacked, there was a lot of blood on the ground and there was people still in the bars that were injured and were being treated. It just seemed chaotic.

"We feel incredibly lucky. There were so many people who weren't as lucky as we were to walk away unharmed."

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