The lead singer of the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal has said a person was saved from slaughter by terrorists by hiding under his leather jacket during the Paris attacks, USA Today reports.
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. A total of 130 people died in the assaults.
In an interview with Vice, singer Jesse Hughes said: “Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them, except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket. People were playing dead and they were so scared — a great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends…so many people put themselves in front of people.”
The band’s merchandise manager Nick Alexander and Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser and Manu Perez — employees of their Universal Music Group label — were killed in the attacks. 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. The search continues for fugitive suspect Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is wanted on an international arrest warrant for his role in the attacks.