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Paris attacks - Bataclan owners: No words to express our sorrow

The owners of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris have said there are "no words" to express their sorrow as they thanked people for the support they had received since Friday's massacre.

Eighty-nine music fans were killed and more than 100 injured by gunmen who fired indiscriminately at the crowd during a concert by American rock band Eagles Of Death Metal.

As the terrorists held people hostage, armed French police stormed the building and shot one dead, while two others blew themselves up using suicide vests. Another gunman died nearby.

With France falling silent as the nation mourned its victims, the owners of the Bataclan wrote a message of condolence to those caught up in the atrocity.

In a statement in French, posted on Twitter, they said: "Dear friends, there are no words to express our sorrow.

"Our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their loved ones. Many of you want to gather at the Bataclan but unfortunately the authorities are still working at the scene.

"We will keep you informed on when that will be possible. We thank you for your support, it has deeply moved us."

Briton Nick Alexander, who had been selling merchandise for Eagles Of Death Metal, was among those who died at the venue.

The 36-year-old, from Colchester in Essex, was at the concert with friend Helen Wilson who described how they lay down with other people on the floor as shots rang out.

Speaking to the Telegraph, she told how she tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, despite being shot in the leg herself during the attack.

Mr Alexander's girlfriend, Polina Buckley, posted pictures of herself with him on Twitter, writing: "You are and always will be the love of my life, Nick Alexander", and "Sleep tight, my sweet prince, Nick Alexander".

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