bore silent witness to the moment of terror

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Hello, Forum Members!

This is from CNN news article. The webpage is : 'One ISIS attack every 84 hours' spurs dread and anger in Europe -

It seems to me the phrase in bold means "were silent witness". Is this wild gues correct?
And is the phrase "bore silent witness" normal way of writing?

Thank you for your reply in advance.
In Ansbach, a picturesque town in Bavaria, stunned locals drifted past the scene of the suicide bombing at a café, where abandoned drinks and playing cards bore silent witness to the moment of terror the night before.
  • Englishmypassion

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    India - Hindi
    Yes, you got it right. Abandoned drinks and playing cards gave silent witness to the terror of the night before (since people abandoned those drinks and playing cards in terror). It's a literary/figurative way of saying that.
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