Singer: Kid saved by hiding under jacket during 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. 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.

The California-based rock band was playing at the Bataclan theater when Islamic State militants triggered explosives and fired at concert-goers, killing 89 people in one of a series of attacks on Nov. 13. 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.

Brussels began a second day in lockdown Sunday after officials placed it on the country’s highest terror alert the day before, shutting down subway lines and deploying troops on the streets because of a “serious and imminent threat.” Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said Saturday the alert was raised “based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris,” the Associated Press reported. So many people put themselves in front of people.” In a statement on its Facebook page earlier this week, the band said those killed that night included Nick Alexander, its merchandising manager, and three record company “comrades” of the band: Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez. In it, three EODM musicians can be seen on stage in the middle of an instrumental performance as gunfire erupts, prompting the drummer to duck for cover while one guitarist flees the stage and another stands frozen. 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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