France: Bataclan theatre survivor faked death to stay alive03:00

France: Bataclan theatre survivor faked death to stay alive

France, Paris
November 16, 2015 at 18:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

One of the survivors of the Bataclan theatre, part of the Paris attacks from Friday night, told his story on Sunday, saying he was surprised that he was still alive, as "I had so many people dead next to me. So I thought I am going to die soon, it is going to be my turn in a few minutes."

The survivor said that he was watching the Eagles of Death Metal band, who were playing there at the venue on Friday night. His friend, who he attended the gig with, was shot in the shoulder and is now in the hospital. He went on to say that once the people realised that "terrorists have got into the venue, all of us were standing, so the first thing we did was to lie on the floor and slowly we started crawling. Tried to reach a door that we were seeing in front of us, was 10 metres away, and it was difficult because the terrorists were shooting for 15-20 minutes, non-stop. So it was difficult to move, I was just moving when they were shooting in the opposite direction, and when they were looking at me, I pretended to be dead."

The survivor could see one of the attacker's faces, which has stayed in his mind, because "he was not far from me, like five metres away from me," he said. The survivor continued, saying that after a while he could reach the door and take the stairs to the fourth floor, where he hid with others. Once away from the shooting, they blocked the door with anything they could find, to prevent the shooters from coming after them. The survivor said that after 20 minutes the shooting stopped and he only heard shots fired again after a silence of one hour and a half, suspecting the new shooting sound to be from the police. Lastly, the survivor said that "it is something difficult to explain, because if you were not there you cannot understand."

At least 129 people were killed and more than 352 left injured, 99 critically, after a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at six different locations across Paris on Friday evening. At least 87 of those victims were killed after gunmen opened fire during a concert at the Bataclan theatre, taking dozens hostage before detonating suicide bombs. Police stormed the venue, freeing the hostages and killing one of the attackers. Dozens of other people were killed in attacks at the French national stadium and a string of popular bars and restaurants.

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One of the survivors of the Bataclan theatre, part of the Paris attacks from Friday night, told his story on Sunday, saying he was surprised that he was still alive, as "I had so many people dead next to me. So I thought I am going to die soon, it is going to be my turn in a few minutes."

The survivor said that he was watching the Eagles of Death Metal band, who were playing there at the venue on Friday night. His friend, who he attended the gig with, was shot in the shoulder and is now in the hospital. He went on to say that once the people realised that "terrorists have got into the venue, all of us were standing, so the first thing we did was to lie on the floor and slowly we started crawling. Tried to reach a door that we were seeing in front of us, was 10 metres away, and it was difficult because the terrorists were shooting for 15-20 minutes, non-stop. So it was difficult to move, I was just moving when they were shooting in the opposite direction, and when they were looking at me, I pretended to be dead."

The survivor could see one of the attacker's faces, which has stayed in his mind, because "he was not far from me, like five metres away from me," he said. The survivor continued, saying that after a while he could reach the door and take the stairs to the fourth floor, where he hid with others. Once away from the shooting, they blocked the door with anything they could find, to prevent the shooters from coming after them. The survivor said that after 20 minutes the shooting stopped and he only heard shots fired again after a silence of one hour and a half, suspecting the new shooting sound to be from the police. Lastly, the survivor said that "it is something difficult to explain, because if you were not there you cannot understand."

At least 129 people were killed and more than 352 left injured, 99 critically, after a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at six different locations across Paris on Friday evening. At least 87 of those victims were killed after gunmen opened fire during a concert at the Bataclan theatre, taking dozens hostage before detonating suicide bombs. Police stormed the venue, freeing the hostages and killing one of the attackers. Dozens of other people were killed in attacks at the French national stadium and a string of popular bars and restaurants.