The Victims of Paris
Two British students have described the moment they were forced to crawl over other victims to safety as three teams of masked gunmen massacred 118 people at the Bataclan concert hall.
Hanna Corbett and Jack Konda, both 21, were watching Eagles of Death Metal perform in Paris last night when terrorists targeted the 1,500-capacity venue as part of a series of coordinated terror attacks.
Miss Corbett, from Lenton, Nottinghamshire, said they dropped to the floor along with the rest of the crowd.She described the pair's escape as a 'nightmare' and said she initially thought the gunmen were part of the show.
She said: 'It was towards the end of the gig and we heard what sounded like firecrackers or fireworks. Everyone thought it was part of the show but then I saw the lead singer's face drop before he ran off stage and the lights came on.
We all just dropped to the floor. We were to the left of the stage in the main standing area and quite near the fire exit. Some managed to crawl out but there was just a pile of people by the fire exit. We didn't know what we were crawling over.
'Then when we got out there were just people running for their lives. It was quite disturbing.'
The news comes as a London-educated lawyer and an American design student have been named as two of the victims killed in last night. Valentin Ribet studied at Business law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and had been working in the Paris offfice of an an international law firm.
Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, a design student from California State University-Long Beach, was studying at the Strate College of Design in Paris as part of her semester abroad when she was killed in one of the restaurant attacks last night. Three other Americans were also injured in the attacks in Paris last night, a US official confirmed.
Mr Ribet, 26, was described as a 'talented lawyer' by his employers at Hogan Lovells, who paid tribute to the young man confirmed as one of the 80 people feared dead after gunmen opened fire into the crowd at the concert hall in Paris.
A company spokesman said: 'Hogan Lovells is greatly saddened by the loss of Valentin Ribet.Valentin was at the Bataclan concert hall on Friday night and he was killed in the attack that took place there.
'This is an awful tragedy and hard for any of us to truly comprehend. We are shocked by both our loss and the wider events in the city.