Witness: Paris Gunmen Shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ While Opening Fire in Theater

November 13, 2015 Updated: December 8, 2015

A witness to one of the shootings in Paris late November 13 says the gunmen he saw were shouting “Allah Akbar” while they shot.

The Arabic phrase means “God is the greatest.”

Louis, who declined to give his last name, spoke with France Info radio after escaping the Bataclan Theater, where hostages are currently being held.

He said he only saw silhouettes.

“The men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell. I took my mum, and we hid,” he said.

“Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out. I was only thinking of escaping. We’re out now,” he added.

“I think people are still inside. It’s a nightmare–a nightmare.”

BFM-TV said one of the gunmen at the theater also said: “It’s for Syria.”

About 60 people are believed to be hostages inside the building, French police told multiple media outlets.

Jeremy Cliffe, an Economist reporter on the scene, said some hostages have escaped, “describing pools of blood and attackers using pump-action shotgun against crowd inside.”

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