Camlough journalist caught up in attack

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Camlough journalist caught up in attack thumbnailALANA Fearon

THE terror of the Barcelona van attack last Thursday was vividly described live by Camlough woman Alana Fearon.

Ms Fearon, who is the editor of Dublin Live, was in Barcelona at the time of the attack, which claimed the lives of 13 people and injured over 100 as the van careered through tourist hot-spot La Rambla.

Responsibility for the attack was subsequently claimed by so called Islamic State.

Ms Fearon had been planning to go to the airport to return to Dublin when she was caught up in the chaos, and was ushered into a restaurant for cover, from where she reported.

"Police came from all angles and took everybody into shops," she said.

"We just saw lots and lots of tourists running down La Rambla, which is obviously the busiest area in Barcelona.

"We thought that initially that it was pickpockets...We saw up to 13 police vans, riot police, flying past us in vans. Doors open, rifles.

"Everyone was asking 'what happened?' There was no ambulances initially. We didn't understand what happened. A police car came up."

The shutters were then drawn, and Ms Fearon said that everyone inside was "very, very scared", unaware as they were of what had actually happened.

"We were initially very, very scared as we were supposed to be in Placa de Catalunya," she continued.

"That's where the airport bus goes from, so it would have been a very busy square. But we decided to sit on and get a taxi so we didn't go up to it.

"We're currently still locked inside our restaurant, the shutters are down.

"There's a police cordon all down the strip. I don't know if we're going to be able to get our flight this evening.

"Not everybody has been allowed to come in from outside, some are just standing on the road. We don't know if it was an accident or if it was an attack.

"All I can see now is police in high vis vests and bulletproof covers walking up and down the strip."


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