French investigators are in possession a two-hour-long recording of the terrorist attack inside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13.
According to French TV network TF1, the house recording system was activated before the attack began by a Bataclan technician who was making a personal tape of the Eagles of Death Metal performance on the night that three terrorists broke into the concert hall. All together, 90 people died inside the Bataclan – and the recording system remained on and active throughout the entire massacre.
Describing the soundtrack as “a chilling document”, TF1 reports that the two-hour-long recording helped investigators to identify the individual voices and actions of the three terrorists in real time, providing a moment-by-moment replay.
The recording clearly documents “the entry of three suicide bombers into the Bataclan at 9:40 p.m.,” the network says, “until members of the BRI (Brigade Rapid Intervention) end of the assault near 12:30 a.m.”
The Eagles of Metal Death were already on stage when the three terrorists burst into the sold-out concert hall. In the recording, shouts from the terrorists can be heard, as well as cries for help and bursts of gunfire.
Between two sustained rounds of gunfire, the three terrorists call each other by name while also declaring their loyalties to ISIS. They then reload their weapons and begin to shoot again.
According to reports, the soundtrack enabled investigators to pinpoint Samy Amimour as the terrorist killed in an explosion when the first police officers arrived at the scene – a moment the officers later called an indescribable moment of terror.
The tape also confirmed investigators’ beliefs that Ismail Mostefai and Fouad Mohamed-Aggad hid in an upstairs area of the concert hall when other officers began arriving as backup.