Muslim Employee Saved Lives in Attack on Paris Kosher Supermarket
When Islamist gunman stormed into supermarket, Lassana Bathily let customers into store’s basement freezer, told them to stay in while he kept lookout.
Quick thinking by a Muslim employee may have saved the lives of 15 customers in the kosher supermarket in Paris during a deadly terrorist attack on Friday, Buzzfeed reports.
When the Islamist gunman broke into the store, Lassana Bathily, a 24-year-old Muslim from the African country of Mali, told customers to hide in the store’s basement freezer.
Closing the freezer’s doors, he told the customers to wait calmly inside while he keeps a lookout. After police raided the supermarket and killed gunman Amedy Coulibaly, the hostages emerged safely from the freezer.
Bathily’s actions did not go unnoticed on social media.
A true hero of the hostage crisis in the kosher grocery store yesterday, 24-year old Lassana Bathily managed to… http://t.co/dWFecZkJi2
Malian Muslim worker in kosher store hid Jews, saved them. Right now, Lassana Bathily is coolest man on the planet. pic.twitter.com/R8ex4F1Hbw
Respect à Lassana Bathily, gros respect.
Appreciation for Bathily followed social media accolades for another Muslim involved in the attacks - police officer Ahmed Merabet, 40, killed during the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine’s offices, that killed another 11 people.