PETALING JAYA - It was a terrifying birthday experience for one Malaysian student, who was shaken by the terror attacks in Paris on Friday night.
The student, who preferred to remain anonymous, wrote on her Facebbok that it was the "most terrifying birthday ever" for her as she witnessed the events that unfolded at a restaurant in Bataclan where she was celebrating with friends.
A block away from the restaurant was the concert hall where gunmen sprayed bullets at people attending a rock concert, killing over 100.
"I was enjoying some awesome Truffle Pasta, Florentine steak and good wine when suddenly a group of patrons ran from the front of the restaurant and everyone was in such state of panic, hiding at the back of the restaurant.
"The concert hall, Bataclan where hundreds of people were held hostage was only a block away. After over an hour hiding in the restaurant, the police instructed us to leave.
"But the streets are blocked and metro closed. No possibility of taxi or bus either. Seeking shelter at a friend's house nearby. I just want to go home," said the student.
The student said she was still in shock and when she passed Bataclan on Saturday morning, there were so many reporters outside.
"Really appreciate what they do to keep us informed through the live updates all night."
Gunmen and suicide bombers systematically targetted restaurants, the concert hall and a stadium across Paris killing at least 120 people in the unprecedented attack.
Gunmen systematically killed nearly 100 people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall. Anti-terrorist commandos eventually launched an assault on the building, killed the gunmen and rescued dozens of shocked survivors.
Some 40 other people were killed in up to five other attacks in the Paris region, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the national stadium where the national team played world champions Germany in an football international friendly match.