Paris Attacks: Suicide Bomber Held At Gate Of Stade De France

Paris Attacks: Suicide Bomber Held At Gate Of Stade De France
Vue de Paris centrée sur la tour Eiffel. Taxiarchos228 / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0
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A potential attacker wearing an explosive vest had a ticket to enter Stade de France, which hosted a France vs. Germany friendly game on Friday night. A security guard and French police both confirmed the news. The man was blocked at the gate of the 80,000-capacity venue.


Fifteen minutes into the game, the attacker made an attempt to enter the stadium, but the security guards frisked him. The guard, identified by his first name Zouheir, revealed that the attacker intended to detonate his vest full of explosives.

A police officer confirmed that the attacker intended to detonate his vest inside the gallery to trigger a fatal stampede. Three minutes later, a second person blew himself outside the stadium. A third attacker caused an explosion in the McDonald’s near the stadium. One person was dead in the site, according to police. The reports clarify why terrorists failed to create carnage inside Stade de France. The Paris attacks that happened outside the stadium claimed at least 129 lives on Friday, mostly in the Bataclan conert hall and other areas around Paris.

“Once I saw Hollande being evacuated, I knew it wasn’t firecrackers,” said Zouheir, the on-duty security guard. He could see Hollande’s VIP box from his position. The French president was escorted away after the first blast.

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The game continued. No information was transferred to teams or spectators in order to avoid panic. Sounds of explosions aren’t uncommon in European soccer circuits, as firecrackers are used very often.

“Of course we thought of it,” Germany manager Joachim Löw said. “It was very loud. You could imagine what had happened.” The team stayed back in the stadium on Friday night and flew home early on Saturday morning. France will be hosting the Euro 2016 across ten cities. The Paris attacks will raise new security concerns.