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Bataclan survivors tell Paris court of their ordeal By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – A French officer stands in guard at the Bataclan venue for a ceremony to mark the five year anniversary of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris (France), November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


By Tangi Salaün

PARIS (Reuters – Irmine, 55 years old, believes she is still alive due to Fabian who protected her at Bataclan’s concert hall, where Islamist gunmen fired on the crowd in a string of attacks against Paris that took place six years ago.

Fabian was killed instantly. Irmine, who was struck in the chest by a bullet, fell to the ground conscious but injured. As the gunmen began to spray the crowd with bullets and Irmine lay on the floor for some time, someone spoke near her.

Irmine said Wednesday that she heard someone say “leave fast, they are loading their weapons, it is time to get out” and was the first survivor to give evidence about the events at the concert hall in Paris, which saw 90 deaths.

“I tried to stop Fabian’s bleeding but it was impossible. There’s blood all over. “I try to pull his corpse once or twice but it is impossible,” she groaned, choked. He was my only hope, but when I thought of my children and my husband I realized that my family needed me, so I went.”

Although Wednesday marked the beginning of testimony regarding the Bataclan attacks, victims of the attack on bars and restaurants at the Stade de France stadium were able to testify that they are still haunted every day by images and sounds of bombs and human flesh.

130 persons were among the victims of coordinated gun-and bomb attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

Although most defendants face life sentence, questioning of them will be held in November. They aren’t expected to testify on the night of the attacks until March. In late May, the verdict will be announced.

Prosecutors claim that Salah Abdeslam (32), is the sole survivor of the Islamic State cell responsible for the attack. At the commencement of his trial, he stated to the court that “an Islamic State soldier” was what he meant.

Other crimes include providing attackers with cars or weapons, planning to take part in attacks or even taking part.

Irmine turned to face the accuser and asked for her surname to be kept private. She said that she didn’t know the thoughts of the killers. The people they shot at were people and not objects. “I hope this trial will open their eyes.”

France’s largest-ever trial has more than 1,800 plaintiffs.

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