For most of us, what seven men perpetrated on Paris last Friday night is unfathomable. Try as we might, we can’t begin to get inside the heads of these terrorists to understand what could possibly make them capable of such horrific acts. We can only look at clues left in their wake to try to gain some semblance of comprehension.
To that end, new video footage has emerged from the hotel rooms used as base camp for these terrorists in the days leading up to the bloody attacks. Among the notable findings is a pile of used syringes investigators are looking at for possible drug use to fuel the terrorists’ killing spree — or perhaps fuel their explosive belts.
As The Daily Mail reports:
Extraordinary video has emerged from inside the filthy hotel rooms where the ISIS death squads made the final preparations for their bombing and gun rampage through Paris.
The footage shows a pile of used syringes, a set of short needles and plastic tubing scattered on a coffee table in a room littered with rubbish.
Forensic experts are trying to work out whether the paraphernalia was used to take drugs to fuel their killing spree or to help make their explosive belts.
The world’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam, 26, who played a key role in the attacks, booked the rooms at Appart’City hotel in the south-east Paris suburb of Alfortville in his own name.
Police have also found that his suicide bomber brother Ibrahim, 31, rented a safehouse 15km away in the capital’s Bobigny district, suggesting the terrorists used two properties before the raids.
One witness who saw the attackers hinted to drug use after telling police that before the attack on the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were slaughtered, the men ‘were like zombies’.
It is common practice for jihadists involved in suicide attacks to take heroin and cocaine to steel themselves.
Using the website Booking.Com, he requested two large rooms that could accommodate a number of people for a week, paying with his own bank card.
The booking started last Wednesday, two days before the attack, it was reported by Le Point.
‘It allowed them to use rooms 311 and 312 of the hotel in Alfortville,’ said a source close to the criminal enquiry.
He added: ‘The hotel does not have video-surveillance camera.
‘The judicial police have found traces of DNA and confiscated the hotel’s computer desk from reception.’
The Alfortville hotel was used by at least two of the attackers.
Pizza leftovers and chocolate cakes bought from the hotel’s snack machine were found in one of their rooms.
The footage emerged as the landlady who rented a Paris safe house to members of the eight-strong ISIS killer squad on the eve of the attacks said they seemed ‘nice, kind and proper’ men.
So this is — in part — what final preparations to murder 129 and injure 352 innocent souls looks like. ‘Nice, kind and proper’ men renting a couple of rooms in a cheap hotel for a few nights. Replace the syringes with beer bottles and you might mistake it for the remnants of some college-age men’s road trip, strewn with pizza boxes.
Of course, in this case, there’s MUCH more than meets the eye here, much that authorities will be learning as they continue to investigate how this coordinated, multi-faceted attack was planned and carried off with hardly a hitch from the terrorists’ perspective.
But if the syringes were indeed used by these men to ingest drugs to either fuel or numb their killing spree, it is a stark signal that even for beyond-sick individuals such as these men, who’d sign up to commit such heinous acts against humanity — even for them, the atrocity of their actions requires some “medication” to disconnect them from their own consciences and consciousness.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]