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 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 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 349 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.
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A photograph of the theatre hall reveals the bloody horror that unfolded when terrorists opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at The Eagles of Death Metal rock concert on Friday night
Harrowing footage of the moment the jihadis opened fire at the Bataclan concert hall shows the band’s drummer and two guitarists on the darkened stage, illuminated only by the flashing stage lights.
Suddenly, gunfire erupts.
What sounds like a loud popping noise – which survivors said they at first 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, and they left Paris yesterday evening.
But 89 people were killed when the terrorists carried out the shooting inside the theatre, in what was the deadliest flashpoint in a 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.
Meanwhile, on the second day after the worst terror attack in French history it has emerged:
- French police are hunting for three 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.
- The eight-strong ISIS cell alleged to have included three brothers who may all have gathered in a Belgian suburb called the ‘Jihad capital of Europe’ to collect their AK-47s and suicide vests.
- 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.
Video shows the moment the gunfire erupts inside the theatre and the band’s drummer dives down behind his drum kit for cover
One of the guitarists then turns and flees the stage (far left), while a second guitarist stays motionless (right), seemingly unable to register what’s occurring before him
The gunfire, which broke out in the middle of a song, can be clearly heard in the footage as it drowns out the sound of the band’s performance
Jesse Hughes, the lead singer of the rock band The Eagles of Death Metal (pictured centre wearing a puffer jacket) is pictured here leaving Paris last night
The band left the city 24 hours after the horrific attack at their concert. Pictured are members Matt McJunkins (far left), Eden Galindo (centre, wearing a puffy coat) and Dave Catching (far right)
Band members Dave Catching (left), Jesse Hughes (centre, second image) and Matt McJunkins (far right) collect their belongings
BREAKDOWN OF ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH PARIS ATTACK
There have now been a string of arrests in connection with the terror attacks across central Paris locations on Friday. The arrests so far include:
Saturday afternoon: Three people are arrested at the French/Belgian border after police trace their car after it was sighted in Paris at the time of the attacks.
Saturday evening: Police arrest seven people in the St Jans Molenbeek district of Brussels after a discarded parking ticket found in the VW Polo seen outside the Bataclan theatre led police there. It is confirmed two of the attackers live in Brussels, with one from the Molenbeek area.
Saturday night: Suicide bomber Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, is identified by his finger, which was found among the carnage at the Bataclan concert hall, and confirmed as one of the terrorists responsible. He killed himself in the attack but six of his family members, including his father, 34-year-old brother and sister-in-law, are arrested in France and their homes searched.
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.
Serbian media claim 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 he 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 has 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.
Another one of the attackers was 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.
Shoot-out: Sparks fly as bullets from the terrorists’ machine guns ricochet off the bonnet of a parked car during a shootout with police near the Bataclan which was caught on camera
An armed officer stands outside the theatre, which is just 200 metres from the Charlie Hebdo offices
Tension: Armed police prepare their assault on the terrorists at the Bataclan concert hall, where more than 80 people were slaughtered
A woman is evacuated from the scene of the massacre, where witnesses said gunmen threatened to kill anyone who moved
A member of the French special forces evacuates people, including one man with an injury to his head, from near the Bataclan theatre on Friday night following the shootings
Hundreds of football fans leave the Stade de France on Friday night after the friendly football match between France and Germany. During the game, two bangs were heard when suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside the stadium
A woman looks at the bodies of shooting victims lying in the streets of Paris’ 10th district on Friday night after dozens of people at bars and cafes were gunned down by the ISIS killers
French president Francoise Hollande is photographed speaking on his phone from the security control room in Stade de France minutes after being told the attacks were underway on Friday night
Hollande (left) was evacuated from the stadium where he was in attendance for the football. Here he is pictured taking his seat in the crowd alongside German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Being informed: French President Francois Hollande learns from his bodyguard of the terrorist attack in Paris on Friday night
VITAL CLUES MISSED? ONE TERRORIST WAS A PARISIAN ON TERROR WATCHLIST
A series of vital clues appear to have been missed before the Paris terror attack.
At least one of the terrorists was a Parisian who had been on a watch list for five years, but was not being monitored closely enough to be stopped before he took part in the murderous attack.
Greek authorities believe that two of the gunmen sneaked into Europe posing as refugees from Syria – heightening fears that not enough security checks are being carried out on migrants.
In May this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed the concerns of security analysts that Islamic State extremists were being smuggled into Europe among refugees crossing the Mediterranean. Yesterday’s discovery appeared to confirm those fears.
More than a week ago, a heavily-armed suspect was stopped in Germany on his way to Paris. Hidden in his car, police found a terrifying arsenal, including seven Kalashnikov assault rifles and seven hand grenades. The destination programmed into his satnav system was Paris but officers failed to alert anti-terror police. The 51-year-old driver, a Muslim from Montenegro, was arrested and held in custody but has refused to talk.
In August, French intelligence detained a 30-year-old man on his way back from Syria who said militants were planning attacks on French concert halls.
Prosecutors also said the terrorists used an improved explosive known as TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, which also was used in the 2005 bombings in London and were likely to be homemade with ingredients usually traced by the secret services.
French intelligence and security services had been reorganised in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacres, which left 16 dead in January. A former senior intelligence officer very familiar with France said he and a lot of French intelligence officials think that after two internal services — the Central Directorate of General Intelligence (RG) and the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST) — were merged, it created a larger, but far weaker, General Directorate for Internal Security.
Alain Charret, an expert on France’s surveillance system, said it was hard for the military to be everywhere and for intelligence to predict everything, ‘but the reason why it is usually difficult to track people is because one or two people on their own are involved — here, it seems like it was a big group of organized people, so it should have been tracked more easily.’
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 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.
Pictured from left is French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Paris police prefect Michel Cadot. The group visited the Paris police command centre today
France, and Paris in particular, are in a state of emergency following the attacks on Friday night which killed 129 people
Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks with reporters at the police control centre, where police are closely monitoring the city of Paris
Hundreds of spectators at the football game on Friday night invade the pitch after they realise suicide bombs have gone off outside the stadium
The crowd massed on the pitch at the conclusion of the game while authorities ensured the area was safe for people to leave
A police special forces team member takes cover near an ambulance by the Bataclan theatre on Friday night after several gunmen shot dead 89 concertgoers
Injured concertgoers are helped by members of the Paris fire brigade near the Bataclan theatre on Friday night
A man injured in the theatre attack is given medical treatment as he sits on the pavement following the massacre
‘THIS IS AN ACT OF WAR’: FRENCH AMBASSADOR’S TEARS AT ‘FRANCE’S 9/11’
French Ambassador to London Sylvie Bermann wept on TV this morning while listening to her country’s national anthem – as she described the Paris attacks as her country’s 9/11.
Responding to the horrific attacks in which teams of gunmen killed 129 people in the French capital, she said it was an ‘Act of War’ and had been coordinated by Isis.
Miss Bermann, 61, then shed tears while listening to French opera singer Nicolas Courjal sing ‘La Marseillaise’ on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning.
She said: ‘I think this is totally different from Charlie Hebdo attacks. This time this is more like 9/11. This is an act of war. Those attacks have been co-ordinated, planned, organised from outside, from Isis.
‘It’s really a war, just again, because they’re planning to kill us, and that’s the reason why we are intervening. They know that the US does also, but it’s more difficult because it’s very far away from them.’
Appearing on the same show, British Home Secretary Theresa May said the UK stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with France and announced a security review in the UK will examine lessons to be learned from the carnage in Paris.
The Home Secretary also suggested the British death toll from the attacks would rise and set out how security is being stepped up across the UK.
‘As a result of what has happened in Paris, we will now review that and see if there are any lessons to be learned.’
French Ambassador to London Sylvie Bermann, appearing on the Andrew Marr Show this morning, described the attacks as ‘an act of war’
More than 30 people were killed in the bar and restaurant attacks, in a mixture of shootings and one suicide bombing.
But the deadliest part of the attack occurred last, at the Bataclan, where at 8.49pm the gunmen stormed the hall and began indiscriminately shooting members of the crowd.
The 150-year-old music hall was sold out for the Eagles Of Death Metal concert, who had been on stage for an hour when the four attackers burst into the auditorium with AK-47s blazing. They ordered the audience to lie on the floor.
One shouted in French: ‘What you are doing in Syria, you are going to pay for it now.’ Another cried: ‘This is for Syria.’ Then, aiming their weapons, they issued short bursts of fire, killing two or three people at a time.
Survivors would speak later of the terror, of people crawling on top of each other, covering their heads, whispering prayers. For ten minutes, the gunmen slowly picked off their victims as they lay face-down, deliberately pausing for a minute every so often, raising the already appalling sense of dread.
‘They shot, recharged their guns, and shot again,’ said one man.
Some of the spectators managed to flee from back exits, but for minutes the gunmen shot unimpeded.