Friday 9 December 2016

Fury as moment suicide bomber detonates in Paris cafe shown on French TV

Published 26/04/2016 | 07:59

CCTV shows the moments before Ibrahim Abdeslam blows himself up in the Comptoir Voltaire cafe in Paris.
CCTV shows the moments before Ibrahim Abdeslam blows himself up in the Comptoir Voltaire cafe in Paris.
CCTV shows the moments before Ibrahim Abdeslam blows himself up in the Comptoir Voltaire cafe in Paris

French television has shown the moment when one of the suicide bombers detonated in a Paris cafe as part of the multiple attacks five months ago.

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Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, was captured on a security camera as he carried out one of the attacks on November 13, which killed  130 people across the French capital.

The disturbing footage shows the bomber walking into the busy bar at 9.40pm on the Friday night. Abdeslam walks towards an empty table, before looking down and covering his face with his left hand.

There is then a flash behind him and a puff of white smoke as he detonates.

While the explosion was strong enough to rip apart Abdeslam's body, fortunately nobody else in the cafe was killed.

The footage was broadcast during a special edition of the programme Zone Interdite on Sunday night. The images drew criticism from some of the two-million-strong audience, with some viewers tweeting they thought the programme went too far.

"I have goose bumps, butterflies in my stomach and am in tears," wrote one viewer, according to Le Figaro. Another questioned whether it's normal to show someone blowing themselves up on television.

A neighbour said at the time Abdeslam drank, smoked and ran a drug den. He rented the Seat Leon which was found in a Paris suburb in the aftermath of the attacks with Kalashnikovs inside.

His brother, Salah, was allegedly planning to detonate himself at the Stade de France that night, but instead fled to Belgium. He was captured last month in Brussels shortly before suicide bombers attacked the airport and the city's metro, killing 32 people.

Their mother said shortly after the Paris attacks that she was surprised Ibrahim attacked the cafe and said she was sure he had not planned to kill anyone.

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