A harrowing image has emerged from inside the Bataclan theatre where terrorists opened fire on concertgoers on Friday night – killing at least 89 people and injuring dozens, possibly hundreds, more.
The photograph, taken in the wake of the attack, details the blood stained interior of the concert hall where bodies remain lying on the ground and the floor is still covered in debris.
It comes as new footage shows the moment the members of U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal stopped their performance midway through a song when the gunfire broke out.
The violence at the Bataclan unfolded as part of a series of co-ordinated ISIS attacks across the heart of Paris on Friday evening in the worst violence to strike France since the Second World War.
At least 129 people are dead, and another 352 injured, after the three teams of jihadis attacked the Stade de France football stadium, a handful of bars and cafes, and then finally the Bataclan concert hall.
Harrowing footage of the moment the jihadis opened fire at the Bataclan concert hall has also surfaced today. In the video, the band’s drummer and two guitarists can be seen on the darkened stage, illuminated only by the light show underway.
Suddenly, gunfire erupts.
What sounds like a loud popping noise – which survivors later said they mistook for fireworks – breaks out to the band’s left. They instantly stop playing as the horror of what is unfolding before them sinks in.
One of the guitarists then flees the stage, while the drummer jumps down behind his drum kit for cover. All band members have since been confirmed safe and accounted for by a US official. They are thought to have left Paris yesterday evening.
At least 89 people were killed when terrorists carried out the shooting inside the Bataclan theatre, in what was the deadliest in the series of co-ordinated attacks across Paris. It is not clear who recorded the video or if they survived.
Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter who was at the concert, said: ‘They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. Everyone was trying to flee.’
He added: ‘I clearly heard them say “It’s the fault of Hollande, it’s the fault of your president, he should not have intervened in Syria”.’
The Foo Fighters, who were due to play in the French capital tomorrow night, Lyon on Tuesday night and Barcelona on Thursday night have cancelled the rest of their tour following the attacks.
Irish rockers U2 have also cancelled their Paris shows while alternative metal group Deftones were set to play a three-night run at the terror-hit Bataclan.
On the second day after the worst terror attack in French history it has emerged:
- French police are hunting for two gunmen on the run after Friday’s attacks and an ISIS bombmaker likely to have made the suicide vests.
- Car used in drive-by shootings at two restaurants found abandoned containing three AK-47s with five full magazines and 11 empty ones.
- One of Bataclan suspects was found carrying Syrian passport under the name Ahmed Almuhamed who travelled to France as a migrant through Greece. Ferry tickets reveal he travelled with another man named as Mohammed Almuhamed.
- Frenchman Omar Ismaël Mostefai, 29, also named as a Bataclan suicide bomber who was identified by his severed finger. Mostefai’s father, a brother and other family members have been held and are being questioned.
- Bataclan survivors claim that one of the four shooters was a woman.
- Seven people were detained in Belgium linked to the atrocities – three at the border and four in Brussels.
Serbian media claims Ahmed Almuhamed, 25, whose Syrian passport was found on the body of a suicide bomber, allegedly blew himself up at the Bataclan concert hall.
The newspaper Blic claims Almuhamed arrived with another of the bombers in Europe on the Greek island of Leros on October 3 on his way to Paris. Greek website Protothema have published ferry tickets showing the name of a second man, Mohammed Almuhamed, who could be a relation.
Survivors have also claimed a woman was among the group shooting randomly into the crowd at the gig before the three blew themselves up and a fourth person was shot dead by police before they could detonate their bomb.
At least 129 people died in Paris on Friday night after eight terrorists, including one as young as 15, carried out the co-ordinated attacks. They struck the Stade de France, restaurants, and the packed Bataclan concert hall armed with AK-47s, grenades and wearing suicide vests.
One of the attackers has been named locally as homegrown terrorist Omar Ismaël Mostefai, 29, from Courcouronnes, Paris. The petty criminal was known to police as a radical and identified by the fingerprint on a severed digit found after he detonated his suicide belt.
It is believed two of the bombers were carrying Syrian passports. At least two others are believed to be French while several could also be Belgian.
The disclosure that some may have entered Europe as migrants, which came amid claims of French intelligence failures, inevitably raises new security concerns about the safety of Europe’s borders.
Meanwhile the black Seat Leon used by the terrorists who murdered diners outside the Casa Nostra pizza restaurant and the La Belle Équipe cafe has been found abandoned 20 minutes away in Montreuil with a cache of weapons inside.
Police are believed to be looking for two suspects on the run as well as the ISIS bombmaker likely to be hiding in France or Europe.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks across Paris, saying ‘eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles’ conducted a ‘blessed attack on… Crusader France’.
The killers – who are understood to have been young, with one possibly just 15 – specifically targeted places where young people were enjoying their Friday evening.
The attacks began at 8.17pm GMT when a thunderous bang rose above the singing of football fans at the Stade de France. Fans, unaware of what caused the sound, continued cheering.
Police said the suicide bomber had detonated his explosives outside the stadium, hoping it would trigger a stampede of crowds which two subsequent suicide bombers in the area would target. Although they also detonated their vests, only one person was killed.
Around eight minutes later, gunmen across town started their assaults on popular bars and cafes. Here they opened fire at the following sites: Le Petit Cambodge, La Casa Nostra, Le Carillon Bar, Belle Equipe Bar, and Comptoir Voltaire.
Read more: dailymail.co.uk
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