Con­cert at ter­ror at­tack club

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A con­cert by Bri­tish pop le­gend St­ing was due to mark the re­open­ing last night of the Paris’ Bat­a­clan con­cert hall one year af­ter sui­ci­dal ji­hadis turned it into a blood­bath and killed 90 rev­ellers with au­to­matic weapons and ex­plo­sive belts. The co­or­di­nated at­tacks in Paris on Novem­ber13 last year left 130 peo­ple dead and hun­dreds more in­jured and were the worst ex­trem­ist at­tacks ever to hit France. The Bat­a­clan said all 1,000 St­ing con­cert tick­ets sold out in “less than 30 min­utes” and sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies had also been in­vited to the con­cert. St­ing, 65, is no stranger to the Paris venue. He played there decades ago in 1979 as lead singer of The Po­lice. St­ing said the con­cert pro­ceeds would go to two char­i­ties help­ing sur­vivors. More than 1,700 peo­ple have been of­fi­cially recog­nised as vic­tims of the hor­ror that un­folded at the Bat­a­clan, Paris cafes and France’s na­tional sta­dium. The con­cert hall – which has been re­fur­bished to its orig­i­nal state – will re­main closed on to­day’s ac­tual an­niver­sary of the at­tacks, when au­thor­i­ties plan to un­veil a plaque out­side to com­mem­o­rate the vic­tims. In ad­di­tion to those who died, nine peo­ple re­main hos­pi­talised from the at­tacks and oth­ers are par­a­lyzed or ir­repara­bly in­jured.

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