U2 cancels Paris concert, ‘shocked’ by attacks

  • AP, New York
  • Updated: Nov 14, 2015 10:48 IST
A file photo of U2 performing in Turin, Italy, in September. (AP)

U2 has postponed its Saturday night concert in Paris in the light of the deadly attacks across the city on Friday night. Instead, the band says in a statement that it is resolved to go ahead with the concert “at an appropriate time.”

The band members say they watched in shock and disbelief at the unfolding events and were devastated by the loss of life at the concert held by Eagles of Death Metal, one of several sites in the city that was violently attacked.

A French policeman assists a blood-covered victim near the Bataclan concert hall following attacks in Paris. (REUTERS)

U2 members say: “We hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.” HBO had planned to televise the band’s performance.

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The Paris police said the attackers at the Bataclan rock venue, where the concert was being held on Friday, blew themselves up with suicide belts as police closed in. He said the gunmen first sprayed cafes outside the venue with machine gunfire, then went inside the concert hall and killed more before the assault by security forces.

All the attackers are believed dead, although authorities are hunting for any possible accomplices.

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