Eyewitness Account Reveals How Twisted Gunmen Tortured Wounded During Paris Attacks

Dave Johnstone

Brit Mariesha Payne recounted the terror of the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed…

She claimed Isis gunmen used knives to torture mortally wounded victims by slitting open their stomachs while they were lying on the floor.


Mrs Payne, from Perthshire, told the Daily Mail how she hid in a cellar for three hours with her friend Christine Tudhorpe and two Italian men as the armed terrorists rampaged through the venue.

She said:

We knew people were being tortured in the theatre because we heard people screaming, but they were not being shot and these were singular screams. When we escaped a man trapped on the level where it happened said to us the terrorists were stabbing people in the stomach. We were told they were throwing explosives at people. It was a horrendous ordeal.


Mariesha was attending the Eagles of Death Metal gig with Christine to celebrate their 33rd birthdays when the terrorists struck.

The pair managed to cheat almost certain death by turning right into a cellar after hitting a dead end, instead of left where gunmen were firing indiscriminately at concert goers.


They then barricaded themselves in and sat silently, listening to the screams as Isis agents picked off defenceless victims just above their heads.

Christine added: “We were sitting there waiting to be shot. But if we had gone into the street we would have been shot.”


Another survivor from the concert, Pierre Marie Bertin, saw men plead with the killers to let their wives and girlfriends go, as the terrorists told them to shut up.

He told USA Today: “There were some men that went on to the balcony and tried to negotiate for the lives of their wives with one of the guys. It was sickening.”


129 people lost their lives as Isis carried out a series of attacks across Paris on Friday night.