Published: 11:29, 20 December 2016 |
Updated: 15:07, 20 December 2016
A family say a spur-of-the-moment decision to turn back and look at some decorations at the Berlin Christmas market saved their lives.
Lynn Butler owner of the Indulgence Cafe in Coombe Lane, Tenterden and her husband Barry, were on a short break with daughter Laura and her fiance Alan and were looking round the market at Breitscheidplatz, when a truck ploughed into stalls in a suspected terror attack last night.
The attack yesterday left 12 dead and injured 48 people.
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Lynn said: "We were on our way out of the market at the point where the lorry entered when my daughter Laura, 28, said 'mum, can we stop for a minute and look at these decorations.'
"While we were looking we heard a loud rumbling noise and people crying out.
"A group of policemen ran passed me and nearly knocked me over trying to get to the scene.
"A women came towards us limping and crying and the stall holders were in floods of tears.
"It was totally surreal and we didn't want to go anywhere near the exit as my husband said there might be a bomb on the lorry.
"The stall holders were crying, everyone was crying" - Lynn Butler
"The stall holders were crying, everyone was crying.
"It all happened less than 50 yards away from us and we are very lucky as it could have been so much worse.
"If my daughter hadn't asked to look at those decorations we would have been in the centre of it."
The attack happened around quarter past eight local time yesterday and the family returned to their hotel badly shaken. They had only flown out yesterday and are due to return to Tenterden on Thursday.
But Lynn said they would not let the terror attack stop them continuing with their plans
"We are taking the tourist bus today to look around the city as we can't give in [to these attacks].
"It could all have been so different but I guess it wasn't our time to go."
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