One Heroic Guard Saved A Stadium Of 80,000 People In Paris

by
Amna Shoaib
Tragedy gives birth to unlikely heroes. The heroism of one man saved Paris from witnessing yet another bloodbath, another deathly stampede.

A nightmare scenario, much like the one witnessed in Paris' Bataclan theater, could have unfolded in Stade de France if it weren't for the bravery of one security guard — only identified by his first name, Zouheir.

At least one of the terrorists outside the country's national soccer stadium had a ticket to the match between France and Germany. He even tried to make his way inside the venue that can house 80,000 people and was hosting French President Francois Hollande at the time.

Fortunately, his apparent attempt to kill hundreds was foiled when he was frisked at the security check point.

President Francois Hollande inside the stadium, paris attack

The attacker, who was wearing a vest loaded with a explosives and bolts, tried to enter the stadium 15 minutes into the game. However, after the explosives were discovered, he attempted to back away from the security, and according to Zouheir, detonated his vest.

Just a few minutes later, a second person also blew himself up outside the stadium, followed by third suicide attacker who detonated explosives at a nearby McDonald’s, the police said.

Police regulate the crowd, pariss attack, isis

Meanwhile, the audience and players inside the stadium were kept in dark about the horror that was unfolding inside, to avoid panic. Since loud blasts aren't uncommon at soccer matches in France, many only thought of it as firecrackers going off in the distance.

Even Zouheir thought the early blast was a firecracker, but then he noticed the French President being ushered out of the stadium.

“Once I saw Hollande being evacuated, I knew it wasn’t firecrackers,” the guard added.

The confusion began only in the second-half of the match, when people began receiving news alerts about deadly attacks in rest of the city.

Although the Paris attacks are as unbelievably inhumane as it could get, one shudders to only think of what might have happened if Zouheir had not intervened on time and frisked the terrorist before he could enter the stadium.

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