Bataclan Terrorists: Where are they from?

Almost all of the terrorists from the 13th November attacks were French or Belgian, ranging between 20 and 31 years of age. How could these young men have injured 500 people and murdered 130 innocent victims in cold blood? What could have led them to this? And how did they organise the attacks? One thing is for certain: all of the killers are different. Some are minor delinquents while others have no criminal records, turning to their religion.

We followed five of these men to uncover the truth: Foued-Mohamed Aggad, one of the Bataclan assailants, Abdel Hamid Abaaoud, one of the coordinators of the attacks, Brahim Abdeslam, one of the shooters, his brother Salah Abdeslam, and Najim Laachraoui, the fabricator of the explosive belts.

We gathered the testimonies of those who knew them: their childhood friends, teachers, associates, as well as their close relatives, some of whom speak out for the first time.

In this film, we discover the roots of their radicalisation. Namely, these men were indoctrinated and convinced to fight in Syria through the rhetoric and propaganda of certain ISIS recruiters. This investigation sheds light on the measures undertaken by these terrorists to organise the tragic attacks.


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: TONY COMITI
  • Director: Elise Richard
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France

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