- The Washington Times - Friday, July 15, 2016

The Nov. 13, 2015, terror attacks in Paris included a “gruesome torture” scene that French officials attempted to suppress.

A government committee’s testimony translated by Heat Street, a conservative site owned by News Corp., on Friday spotlights beheadings, gouged-out eyes, and sexual abuse at the Bataclan theater last year. The Islamic State terror attacks killed 130 across the city and 89 at the concert venue alone.

A translation provided by the website show France’s Commission of Inquiry asking an investigator about the remains of victims on the second floor of the theater. The questioner said that injuries attributed to shrapnel seem dubious given that one man had his testicles removed and placed in his mouth.

“Some of the bodies found at the Bataclan were extremely mutilated by the explosions and weapons, to the point that it was sometimes difficult to reconstruct the dismembered bodies,” an prosecutor said. “In other words, injuries described … may also have been caused by automatic weapons, by explosions or projections of nails and bolts that have resulted.”

“Would those have put a man’s [testicles] in in his own mouth?” the committee member fired back.

“I do not have that information,” the prosecutor replied.

At one point an exasperated official blurted out, “All this would have been videotaped for Daesh!”

“I believe so,” an investigator replied.

Heat Street’s exclusive comes less than 24 hours after 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian man, killed at least 84 people during Bastille Day ceremonies. The driver was killed by police after plowing into victims along the Promenade des Anglais.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said an investigation is underway to determine whether Mr Bouhlel had accomplices.

“Although yesterday’s attack has not been claimed, this sort of thing fits in perfectly with calls for murder from such terrorist organizations,” Mr. Molins said, Reuters reported Friday.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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