Survivors of the deadly hostage situation at the Bataclan theater said the terrorists were ‘cutting down’ people one-by-one, leaving behind ‘carnage’ and ‘dead bodies.’ Though police were able to end the Nov. 13 siege, they could not do it before reportedly 127 people lost their lives in the terrorist attack.
As French authorities piece together the horrible tragedy at the Paris concert venue that reportedly left 112 hostages dead, eyewitnesses reports paint a bloody attack by ruthless terrorists. One of the survivors of the slaughter said that the killers were shooting people “one by one,” while another victim called it a “bloodbath.”
“I’m still at the Bataclan,” wrote Benjamin Cazenoves on Facebook during the hostage crisis, reports the Daily Mail. Benjamin was reportedly one of those taken hostage in the Paris concert hall by terrorists on Nov. 13. He was on the “1st floor” and “hurt bad.” Benjamin pleaded for help, as he said “there are survivors inside. [The terrorists] are cutting down all the world. One by one.”
Benjamin’s chilling account matches the one given by Julien Pearce, a radio reporter attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan theater. Julian said that “it was a bloodbath” inside the theater. “It lasted for 10 minutes,” Julien told CNN. “Ten horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their head.” Julien also said that the terrorists “didn’t shout anything,” but just came in and started “shooting people on the floor.”
Julien was able to find an exit and escape the massacre that left around 118 people dead. As for Benjamin, he also made it out of this horrible tragedy with his life. “Alive,” he wrote on Facebook, adding that he suffered “just cuts,” before describing the slaughter as “carnage. Dead bodies everywhere.”
The brutal attack on the Bataclan was part of a deadly night of killings in Paris. A shooting took place at a restaurant near the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, the scene of the deadly terrorist shootings in January, according to the Daily Mail.
There was also an explosion at the Stade de France stadium, located just north of Paris, which killed four. France was playing Germany in a friendly soccer match, and French president Francois Hollande was actually there in attendance. He was evacuated to a safe spot, and gave a brief, heartfelt statement about the terrorist attacks. France will close its borders and issue a curfew, the first time since World War II. President Barack Obama sent his condolences over this horrible attack, as did many celebrities who asked people to “pray for Paris.”
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out for all those involved in this horrible tragedy.
— Jason Brow