It was a close shave for the family of Anju Probst, a Ludhiana woman, when terror struck the French capital on Friday night.
“It was around 9.30 pm when I heard a loud bang that was followed by sirens of ambulances and fire department vehicles,” said Anju, whose house is just 500m away from Bataclan Theatre in Paris that was targeted by terrorists.
“My husband had gone out for an evening walk when the attack took place. I called him up immediately. But he didn’t answer his mobile. I got very tense and kept on trying his number. After an agonising wait of 30 minutes, I saw him coming back. He said he missed my call as he was busy listening to music. He had no clue about the attack,” Anju, a freelance journalist told HT over phone.
“It’s ironic that the terror attack took place on Friday-when people were observing the Day of Kindness As it was a weekend, people had come to the concert hall to hear an American musical group. There was a huge gathering,” she added.
“My son wanted to see the friendly football match between France and Germany at the National Stadium that too came under the terror attack. But we could not go due to some prior engagement. It was a miraculous escape,” said Anju.
“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Saturday as my anxious relatives and friends in India have been enquiring about our welfare. It was a horrific night that I can’t forget. But I am thankful to the Almighty for keeping us safe,” she added.