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July 8, 2015 1:04 pm

In First Interview Since Attack, Hyper Cacher Terror Victim Recounts Harrowing Experience

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The French Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain was targeted in January by an Islamic extremist, who killed four people. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The French Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket chain was targeted in January by an Islamic extremist, who killed four people. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

One of the victims of the January terror attack against a Kosher supermarket in Paris revisited his experience working closely with the 32-year-old gunman as the hostage crisis progressed, in an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair published on Wednesday

The man, who “insisted” on going by the name of Andre, recalled the harrowing events as they unfolded at the Hyper Cacher market, just two days after ISIS-affiliated terrorists murdered 12 people at the satirical French Charlie Hebdo magazine, also in Paris.

Andre recalled telling the terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, that it was the first time he had shopped at the supermarket.

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“Wow, that is bad luck,” Coulibaly responded, after he had already shot dead four victims at the supermarket in Paris’ 20th arrondissement.

Andre had fled with a few others to the basement of the market after he heard gunshots ricochet through the market. He was told to come upstairs, with the others, or else the victims being held above would be shot.

Andre — formerly a teacher in a rough Paris neighborhood perhaps not unlike Coulibaly’s own — recounted assisting the terrorist establish an Internet connection to post footage of the attack, and to disseminate the news in real-time to France’s major networks. He noted that it felt as though Coulibaly was following a protocol of sorts.

Andre said he was “struck by what seemed to be a split in Coulibaly’s personality. He seemed equal parts insecure student and newly trained terrorist, as if he were taking cues from the ISIS playbook, which inspires working-class would-be jihadists to morph into monsters capable of beheading.”

He said that although Coulibaly had come equipped with a GoPro camera, computer and other technical equipment, he had forgotten to bring a means for connecting to the web, which is where Andre stepped in.

“I told him what I was doing as I was doing it. And at all times I called him ‘mister,’ and I used the formal vous, as a way of showing my respect. I wanted to keep him calm. I knew that already he had killed four people, and I made it my mission: No one else will die. ‘We don’t need Wi-Fi,’ I told him. ‘I can get you online,'” he said.

Ultimately, police stormed the market and shot Coulibaly dead. In the end, no other hostages were killed beyond the first four who Coulibaly killed when he stormed the market.

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  • Reform School

    “André” appears as much a victim as Patty Hearst, today a filthy-rich Gazillionheiress. Following the SLA playbook, will “André” share all her Progressive Media dependents?

  • Mayven

    This was indiscriminate murder . BRAVE only when against defenseless innocent people. Cowards are like that.
    That “Andre” remained cool-headed in light of the blood bath is very telling too .

  • Peter Joffe

    We must recognition that ALL Muslims follow the Qu-ran and that the book it one of hatred and violence. There is no peace in Islam so Muslims are either supporters, or active in carrying out the commands of their ‘prophet’. Ask any Muslim if he will disavow any parts of the Qu-ran and the answer be NO as it is a death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam.

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