A day after the horrific terror attack in Paris that left over 129 people dead, a new video has surfaced on video sharing site LiveLeak that claims to show the moment the terrorists opened fire inside the Bataclan concert hall. The Bataclan concert hall was the among the worst hit during the terrorist attack in which an estimated 60 to 100 people were held hostage by the terrorists. A total of 87 people were killed inside the hall on the day of the attack.
In the video, you can see the U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal playing a song and the performance being interrupted by a number of gunshots. In the video, you can clearly see that the members of the band were startled at the sound of gunfire. It was also reported that several members of the audience thought the sound of gunfire was just part of the show. The members of the band were safely evacuated from the Bataclan hall and managed to escape unhurt. It is unclear who took this video and if the person survived the attack.
While several people had earlier claimed that the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” before they opened fire, it is not audible in this video — probably because of the high volume levels. Eyewitnesses also said the attackers opened fire indiscriminately after entering the Bataclan hall. They were not wearing any masks and did not show any emotion while they went about shooting and killing innocent people. The men, according to eyewitnesses, also mentioned “Syria” several times. According to a reporter identified as Julien Pearce, who was inside the hall at the time of the attack, the terrorists did not panic and calmly reloaded their guns when they ran out of ammunition.
At the time of the attack, there were an estimated 1,500 people inside the Bataclan hall. The band were playing the fifth song of the night and were an hour into the concert when the armed ISIS terrorists entered the hall. The time was 21:45 hours, local time, when the terrorists entered the hall. By 22:00 hours, they had managed to take somewhere between 60 and 100 people hostage and rounded them up. A large police contingent had arrived outside the hall by then.
Meanwhile, another eyewitness claimed one gunman yelled out to the crowd saying,
“This is because of all the harm done by Hollande to Muslims all over the world.”
After three hours, at around 00:15 hours local time, the police started an assault on the Bataclan hall after it was reported that the gunmen had started executing several hostages. This was followed by a gun battle between the police and the terrorists at the end of which four attackers were killed. According to police officials, three attackers blew themselves up using their suicide vests while the fourth was shot dead by the police. Initially, more than 100 people were thought to have been killed inside the Bataclan hall. That number was later revised to 87 individuals.
It took officials more than 10 hours to identify the victims of the Bataclan attack since many of them had removed their identification papers with the coat-check service inside the hall.
Several other videos have surfaced online as well, some of them very graphic in nature. In one of the videos, shared by the New York Times, several people are seen running outside the Bataclan hall though its rear exit. Some people could be seen lying dead on the floor while several others are seen injured. In the same video, a number of people are seen hanging out of the windows from the upper floors of the Bataclan hall. It is unclear if these people were eventually rescued by officials.
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