A Paris nurse ran to the aid of someone injured in the Paris terrorist attacks only to make a shocking discovery.
The man who identified himself as David said he was performing CPR on one of the injured people at the Comptoir Voltaire cafe until he ripped open the man’s shirt and found wires.
“There were wires; one white, one black, one red and one orange. Four different colors,” he said in an exclusive interview with Reuters. “I knew then he was a suicide bomber.”
He was correct.
The man he was performing CPR on was Brahim Abdeslam, one of the men responsible for the deadly Paris attacks.
Reuters got a hold of amateur video of two men, one of them David and the other unknown, attempting to resuscitate Abdeslam.
“The first wire I saw was red. I think that was the detonator,” he said. “There was something at the end.”
When rescuers arrived David told one of the firefighters he knew what just happened.
That firefighter immediately yelled for everyone to evacuate the cafe.
“There was a huge flame, there was dust,” he told Reuters. “I immediately thought it was the heaters. I screamed, ‘cut off the gas’. There was panic, people started running out … I left the dining area and went on to the terrace.”
David said he first tended to a woman, then a young man before getting to Abdeslam.
“At this point, I never thought he was a suicide bomber, he was a customer like everyone else,” David said. “I thought that after the gas explosion, he must have gotten hurt.”
Until the moment he saw the wires.
“He had a large opening on his side, about 30 cms (11.8 inches),” David said. “When you lift a t-shirt and you see wires, you know that’s not normal.”
Afterwards police told David that Abdeslam’s bomb had not fully exploded.
“I was thinking about how I lay him on the floor, with me doing CPR. It’s a pretty vigorous process. By just doing that, I also could have been gone,” he said.
Watch video of David’s rescue attempt below.
**Warning – Graphic content.**
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