During the deadly terrorist hostage situation in French, a Muslim man hid hostages in a supermarket hence hailed as a young hero on social media and French newspapers for his kind actions. The young man, Lassana Bathily, an employee of a local supermarket, Hyper Cacher kosher in Vincennes, helped hid hostages into a freezer downstairs as gunmen was preparing to shoot them. This is according to French TV station, BFMTV.
The young man, a religious Muslim follower, says when he guided the people to the freezer, he switched off the light in the freezer and told them to stay quiet. ‘’ I will go out when they come, ‘’ he allegedly told them. ‘’I went upstairs by the elevator.’’ ‘’The young man asked us all to follow him upstairs otherwise we would all be killed where we were hiding, Bathily, 24, reported to BFMTV. According to BFMTV, he exited the freight elevator quickly and ran outside and was arrested by the police later, and he helped show where the hostages were hiding,
The hostages came out and congratulated the young man. The French newspaper L’Express could not determine how many people had hid in the freezer. The gunman was killed as he tried to shoot the police but he managed to kill four Jewish captives. Rudi Hadad, among those hidden in the freezer, said that some few people were confused and ran back and for the upstairs during the incident. The social media was hype with praise for the young man Bathily, particularly on Facebook. A Facebook follower said, ‘’ Friend, I have great pride in your efforts. You risked your life to save your colleagues. God surely saw your efforts and will reward your accordingly. You will be blessed because you have shown humanity and kindness.’’
Another man who claims to be a relative to Bathily posted on Facebook, ‘’Bravo to my cousin, you showed great courage yesterday where the world could not have done what you did. In other news, an estimated 4 million people and world leaders have held peaceful marches across France to honor the people killed in Paris attacks. In Paris alone, 2 million were part of the Sunday rally and among them were the family members of the victims. The assailants also besieged the police and Kosher supermarket, killing five innocent people. The families of the victims wore a white bandana written “Charlie’’ across.
About 2500 security personnel were on the guard on the 3km stretch from Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation, according to France interior minister. Snipers were also positioned on rooftops for maximum security. According to the interior ministry, the large number of the crowd that took place in the march where more that the marchers who roamed the streets when the allied side liberated France from the dreaded Nazis during the World War II. The foreign dignitaries present included German Chancellor, British prime minister, and Spain prime minister. Other dignitaries present include Israel prime minister and Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Palestinian president, and Ukraine’s president.
Queen Rania and Jordan’s King Abdullah also attended the march
Netanyahu blamed al-Qaeda as he addressed the masses. He also singled out Boko Haram, Syria’s al-Nusra Front, and Alshabab, saying all these groups are interlinked. French Muslims had difficulty participating in the march where Israeli leaders were participants as they viewed them as war criminals. This is a direct reference to the offensive Palestinian militant group Hamas, that killed 72 Israelis and 2500 Palestinians.
The attacks in Paris started on Wednesday when gunmen attacked Charlie Hebdo, a publication office that publishes cartoons of religious figures such as prophet Mohamad. In the attach, 12 people were killed in cold blood including France’s best cartoonist.
According to a French media newspaper, the attack was carried out by an al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch that has launched previous attempts to kill westerners. In the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a senior leader of al-Qaeda says the attack was to avenge Prophet Mohammad’s honor. This has not been confirmed by the security officials yet. This has been a sad day for France as they struggle to come to terms with the tragic shooting of their citizens by gunmen last week.