Malaysian student living near London terror attack sites recounts commotion

Members of the emergency services attend to persons injured in an apparent terror attack on London Bridge.
Members of the emergency services attend to persons injured in an apparent terror attack on London Bridge. PHOTO: AFP

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Ms Siti Farhana Sheikh Yahya was at home near the London Bridge area when she heard a loud commotion outside.

She later learnt that events of the London terror attacks were taking place directly outside her apartment.

Ms Siti Farhana, a 24-year-old Masters student at King's College London, lives a few minutes' walk from the London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market where the two "terrorist" attacks took place.

"Everything happened right in front of my house. There are police cars right now and I could hear everything from my place," she told The Star Online, explaining that her room is some 300m from where one of the attacks occurred.

"I can hear helicopters and two loud bangs. I'm not sure what it was and I'm scared to find out," she said.

On the street, a white van had swerved and hit several pedestrians in the South side of London Bridge. Three men then exited and ran towards Borough Market, where they started stabbing people who were out enjoying the Saturday night.

Six people have been reported killed.


Fearing to to step out of her front door, Ms Siti Farhana kept watching the events below from her window.

"It was about 10 or 11 at night. I had just finished buka puasa (breaking fast) and was at home alone the whole time.


Ms Siti Farhana, a 24-year-old Masters student at King's College London, lives a few minutes' walk from the London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market where the two "terrorist" attacks took place. PHOTO: THE STAR

"I saw through my window the police circling the area and I think they arrested a man at the alley in front of my house," she said adding that police have cordoned the area with tapes "everywhere."

"I heard the police shouting to a man 'put your hands up' and I saw them coming and talking to him," she said.

"There are police cars everywhere. Borough Market, where the stabbings happened, is also in front of my house.

"I could hear people shouting and it was loud and chaotic outside," she said.

Knowing that she was very close to the location of the attacks, Ms Siti Farhana's family and friends in Malaysia and the United Kingdom started messaging her to check on her safety.

"I feel a lot better now compared to earlier. The bangs and the shoutings got to me a bit. I was definitely shaken up but things became better now, there's police, but hardly any noise," she said.