JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Messages have been pouring in on Jenn Ulloa's phone halfway around the world. The graduate student from Jonesboro said she turned to Facebook upon hearing the news that terror had struck the streets of London, not far from where she was attending class.
"I got texts and messages from friends back home, and I was able to check-in on Facebook saying that I was safe," said Ulloa. "A lot of my friends had been doing the same."
The area where an assailant, armed with a knife, drove his car through a crowd of people is a place familiar to Ulloa.
"It's a pretty dense tourist attraction. It's by Westminster and the Parliament Buildings," Ulloa said. She indicated that the attacks came in the afternoon London time. Region 8 news spoke to her via Skype.
"I am in Russell Square. My school is SOAS, which is maybe a 30-minute walk from the Westminster Bridge," Ulloa explained. "What's really scary is one of my tutors is stuck in Parliament right now," she said. "She's under lockdown."
Ulloa said the incident had been one of much discussion.
"There was a meeting going on at the time of the attack," she said. "One of my colleagues had told me there had been a big enforcement of security. So I don't know if they had already suspected something. There were people already surrounding the Parliament buildings. They were able to respond very quickly when this happened."
Chaos ensued following the terror attack. Injured victims were laying on the Westminster Bridge. Police and lawmakers tried to help those injured outside Parliament.
"It does make me a little nervous. I don't have any family here," Ulloa said. "But at the same time, I'm at school right now. So this is probably one of the safest places I can be."
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