Witness Inside Bataclan Hall In Paris Posts Chilling Account On Facebook From Inside — REPORT
As France grips with the horrific scene unfolding in its capital city late Friday evening, a witness inside the Bataclan concert hall, where hostages were being held, is sharing information through his Facebook account. Benjamin Cazenoves claims to be inside the first floor of concert hall, and his words, translated from French, are chilling.
"I'm still at the Bataclan. 1st floor. Hurt bad! They are faster on the assault. There are survivors inside. They are cutting down all the world. One by one. 1st floor soon!!!!" Cazenoves soon after posted, "Alive. Just cuts... Carnage... Dead bodies everywhere." If he was indeed inside the Bataclan, our hope is that he, along with the other hostages, are now safe.
Police stormed the concert venue to recover hostages in the early hours of Saturday morning, and BBC reports that two attackers were killed, effectively ending the siege at one of several hot spots across the city. According to CNN, at least 100 hostages were brought outside, including some who appeared to be wounded. Dozens of people were reported killed in a series of attacks on Paris, including an explosion at the Stade de France, the national stadium, and at Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon restaurants. The total death toll is still unknown, though estimates range from 43 to 60 people confirmed dead.
President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency and closed France's borders, calling the attacks "unprecedented" and "a horror." He also called upon the country to rise above the terrorism that has once again taken a hold of its people. "Faced with terror, this is a nation that knows how to defend itself, how to mobilize its forces and once again, knows how to overcome the terrorists," he tweeted.
The attacks come less than a year since the gunmen opened fire at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring another 11. Related shootouts also took another five lives.
Here is a map of confirmed areas under attack in France: