Eagles of Death Metal: Many fans died trying to save friends in Paris attacks

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Eagles of Death Metal singer: ‘One kid survived by hiding under my jacket’.

Two members of the Eagles of Death Metal band tell VICE that several people hid in their dressing room during the deadly terrorist attack in Paris last week. Several fled to the band’s dressing room, but the murderers followed them and killed all but one, who was hiding under lead singer Jesse Hughes’ leather jacket.The California rock band that was playing in on the night of the Paris attacks survived the massacre at their concert, but others died seeking shelter in a dressing room, the group’s lead singer said. In an emotional interview with Vice, Jesse Hughes, 43, described how just one person in the room survived – by hiding under the vocalist’s leather jacket. Hughes says in a short clip released by HBO that the killers were able to get into the dressing room and killed almost everyone — with the exception of one person who hid under Hughes’ leather jacket.

The band fled the stage and managed to escape unharmed as jihadi gunmen slaughtered 89 of their fans during the gig last Friday in attacks on the French capital which left 130 people dead across the city. In a statement released after the killings, the band said: ‘While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. ‘Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones. ‘Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion. ‘We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil. So many people put themselves in front of people.” As the terrorists held people hostage at the Bataclan, armed French police stormed the building and shot one dead, while two others blew themselves up using suicide vests. The death toll from the attacks rose to 130 on Friday, one week since Isis militants attacked the concert hall, the French national stadium and several cafes and restaurants in Paris, leaving hundreds injured.

The UN security council has backed a French-sponsored resolution designed “to combat by all means this unprecedented threat”, saying IS “constitutes a global and unprecedented threat to international peace and security”. France will be on a state of high alert until well into the new year after the country’s senate voted to extend a state of emergency for three months following last week’s deadly attacks. The move expands powers to allow police to carry out arrests and searches, while authorities can ban the movement of people and vehicles at specific times and places.

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