Serbia’s interior ministry has said the holder of the Syrian passport found at the scene of the Paris attack crossed into Serbia on 7 October and claimed asylum there, Reuters reports.
The Syrian passport is also said to have been used to register on the Greek island of Leros in October.
The legitimacy of the passport has not been verified, and it is not known whether the same person who used it to pass through Greece was the person who was involved in the Paris attacks.
A South African graduate has described in vivid detail how she played dead for over an hour after gunmen open fire at the Bataclan concert hall.
Writing on Facebook, Isobel Bowdery said:
It wasn’t just a terrorist attack, it was a massacre. Dozens of people were shot right infront of me. Pools of blood filled the floor. Cries of grown men who held their girlfriends dead bodies pierced the small music venue. Futures demolished, families heartbroken. in an instant.
Shocked and alone, I pretended to be dead for over an hour, lying among people who could see their loved ones motionless.. Holding my breath, trying to not move, not cry – not giving those men the fear they longed to see. I was incredibly lucky to survive. But so many didn’t. The people who had been there for the exact same reasons as I – to have a fun friday night were innocent.
Isobel described how the gunmen “meticulously” shot at the crowd “without any consideration for human life” after entering the concert hall during a show by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal. She initially mistook the gunfire as “part of the show”, she said, but realised the true horror of what was unfolding as dead bodies began to fall.
Being a survivor of this horror lets me able to shed light on the heroes. To the man who reassured me and put his life on line to try and cover my brain whilst i whimpered, to the couple whose last words of love kept me believing the good in the world, to the police who succeded in rescuing hundreds of people, to the complete strangers who picked me up from the road and consoled me during the 45 minutes I truly believed the boy i loved was dead, to the injured man who i had mistaken for him and then on my recognition that he was not Amaury, held me and told me everything was going to be fine despite being all alone and scared himself, to the woman who opened her doors to the survivors, to the friend who offered me shelter and went out to buy new clothes so i wouldnt have to wear this blood stained top, to all of you who have sent caring messages of support – you make me believe this world has the potential to be better.
Isobel’s post has been shared widely on Facebook, with more than 1.3 million people ‘liking’ it and nearly 500,000 sharing it with friends.