Irish citizen stable after being shot at Bataclan

Irish man underwent surgery for gunshot wounds sustained at Paris concert venue

 

An Irish man is in a serious but stable condition in hospital in Paris after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds he suffered during the attack on the Eagles of Death Metal concert on Friday night.

The Irish citizen was injured at the Bataclan, in the 11th arrondissement, when three attackers opened fire on a crowd of 1,500, killing 89 people.

An Irish official confirmed the man, who was visiting Paris this weekend, was in a serious but stable condition after surgery. Consular assistance is being provided to his family.

One of the attackers was shot dead by police while the other two killed themselves using explosive vests when police commandos raided the venue. The attack at the Bataclan was one of six virtually simultaneous incidents that killed 129 people and injured 352 in Paris on Friday night.

The Department of Foreign Affairs laid on extra staff in Dublin to provide advice and was contacted by large numbers of concerned Irish people over the weekend. However, it has been called on to provide consular assistance only in the case of the man injured at the Bataclan.

The department said Irish people in France should try to make contact with their families at home to let them know they are safe.

It also urged Irish citizens in Paris to be cautious and to follow the instructions of French authorities.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said officials in Paris and Dublin worked through Friday night and Saturday morning to monitor the situation and provide consular assistance.

“Any citizens intending to travel should check with their airline or tour operator for information – the airports are operational but citizens should expect additional security and travel disruptions,” he said.