Residents relive the night of terror, grapple with new reality

Monday, May 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-AP) -- A Miami, Oklahoma, woman says she had never known fear, until now.

Patti Abercrombie and her husband James live in one of the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, compounds attacked by suicide bombers. The attacks killed 25, including eight Americans.

Abercrombie says she had just gone to bed when she heard a popping sound like a golf ball dropped on concrete.

She says she thought her dog had knocked over something and got up when a blue flash lit the room, the window crashed in and she was knocked to the floor by a blast of hot air.

Abercrombie says it felt as if evil entered the room.

The compounds provide Westerners an escape from Saudi restrictions, such as women being required to wear large robes outside the home.

James Abercrombie works for Lockheed Martin.