Saturday 25 May 2019

Terrorists targeted wheelchair users

KILLED: Nick Alexander
KILLED: Nick Alexander

David Raleigh

AMONG the dead were Nick Alexander, a 36-year-old from London, who worked the merchandise table for Eagles of Death Metal - the band playing at Bataclan.

His close friend, Helen Wilson, told how she tried to resuscitate Mr Alexander as he collapsed in her arms.

"He couldn't breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him," Miss Wilson, an American living in Paris said.

Miss Wilson said the terrorists had deliberately targeted wheelchair users at the concert. "They went into the back room where there were people in wheelchairs and they just started shooting them and every time anybody tried to get out a guy would come out and start shooting again," she said.

Another victim was Valentin Ribet, a French lawyer who graduated from the London School of Economics and worked for the Paris office of a London law firm.

Anxious family and friends posted photographs of missing loved ones on social networking sites, pleading for information as to whether they were dead or alive. Video footage taken from an apartment overlooking the rear of the Bataclan recorded terrified concert goers running for their lives. The video shows three people dangling from window ledges by their finger tips, their feet resting on metal security bars before they are dragged back in the building. Their fate is not known.

In other scenes, badly wounded victims are heaved to safety down the street, leaving trails of blood. Some victims appeared too badly injured to move and it is likely some lying in the alley did not survive the onslaught.

A British woman in the Bataclan said she hid for three hours in a cellar. "Above us there was automatic gunfire, explosions and horrific screams," said Christine Tudhope, 35, from Edinburgh.


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