New footage shows Paris suicide bomber putting head in hands before blowing himself up in cafe

These are the final moments of a Paris suicide bomber detonating his explosive vest and obliterating himself in chilling CCTV that was broadcast on TV for the first time in France.

Brahim Abdeslam, 31, killed himself in the Comptoir Voltaire cafe on November 13 while his fellow attackers began the horror mass shooting at the Bataclan theatre.

Brahim Abdeslam can be seen putting his head in his hand, seconds before detonating his explosive vest inside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe. Photo: M6 France
Brahim Abdeslam can be seen putting his head in his hand, seconds before detonating his explosive vest inside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe. Photo: M6 France

The CCTV reveals the chilling facial expressions of what the terrorist looked like before detonating his suicide bomb on the night of carnage that killed 130 people.

Abdeslam was a French passport holder who grew up in Brussels and at 9:40 on Friday evening the suicide bomber was dropped off by a car outside and wanders into the cafe, looking incredibly nervous.

The attacker walks towards the middle of the small cafe as approximately ten customers are sitting at tables who look at him as he lowers his head into his left hand.

Using his right hand, Abdeslam detonates the bomb.

The explosion seems to come from behind Brahim after he detonated his explosive device with his right hand while covering his face with his left hand. Photo: M6 France
The explosion seems to come from behind Brahim after he detonated his explosive device with his right hand while covering his face with his left hand. Photo: M6 France
Miraculously, none of the cafe's customers died but 20 were injured, one of whom was in critical condition.<p>Photo: M6 France
Miraculously, none of the cafe's customers died but 20 were injured, one of whom was in critical condition.

Photo: M6 France


A puff of smoke covers the screen and for a few seconds the bomber's body was torn from the waist up and left shredded to pieces.

Miraculously, none of the cafe's customers died but 20 were injured, one of whom was in critical condition.

A tiny portion of Abdeslam's fingerprint was left behind and forensic officers used this to later identify him.

On Sunday evening, France's channel M6 chose to broadcast the distressing images on their "Forbidden Zone" program and they have since been criticised for doing so.

Before airing the horrifying issue, M6 released with a warning logo for children under 10 years but still shocking the station's audience of two million.

Twitter users have lashed out over the broadcast and said they believed the news station had crossed the line by showing such images on television.

"I saw confetti everywhere, then I realised that these were pieces of flesh," one French user tweeted.

"I have never had to watch the stories of yesterday, I had nightmares all f***ing night," another tweeted.

On November 13, 2015, Brahim wandered into the Comptoir Voltaire cafe and blew himself up. Photo: AFP/Getty
On November 13, 2015, Brahim wandered into the Comptoir Voltaire cafe and blew himself up. Photo: AFP/Getty


The suicide bomber's brother, Salah Abdeslam, was also involved in the Paris attacks and was arrested in Brussels on March 18, a day before accomplices killed 32 people during another series of IS attacks in the Belgian capital.

Salah managed to escape Paris after failing to detonate his own suicide belt at the Stade de France, during a football friendly between France and Germany.

After the Paris attacks, the 26-year-old reportedly told another brother: "There would have been more victims had I done it."

Salah is set to be extradited back to Paris where he will stand trial for mass murder and terrorist crimes.

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