Julia Monaco was in London during the deadly London Bridge attack and in Paris when an assailant claiming to be a ‘soldier’ of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) attacked a police officer with a hammer.
Monaco, who only left Australia three months ago, had her narrowest escape Thursday when a van rammed into a crowd on Las Ramblas, killing 14 people and injuring more than 100.
The 26-year-old Melbourne woman hid in a shopping mall in Placa de Catalunya during the attack when a van entered the pedestrianized strip nearby.
Something is happening in #Barcelona. Complete and utter chaos. Currently in lockdown in an Urban Outfitters. People running, crying.— Julia Monaco (@juliaandmonaco) August 17, 2017
Genuinely terrifying experience. One minute I'm shopping for tshirts, the next I'm running to get away from the windows #barcelona— Julia Monaco (@juliaandmonaco) August 17, 2017
Speaking to Australian radio station 3AW, she described the panic in the mall but said it had not deterred her from continuing her travels.
What are the fucking chances?
I understand. It is she who's the problem. Wherever she goes a terror attack will occur. Now lock her up in the basement and never let her out. ;-}