A Muslim employee of the Kosher market in Paris where hostages were being held by a terrorist helped hide several people and a baby in a freezer downstairs as the seven-hour siege began, Metronews reported Saturday.
After the Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly stormed in to Hyper Cacher on Friday, 15 or so people ran downstairs to the store’s basement.
That is when the 24-year-old employee Lassana Bathily, who is from Mali, had the idea to hide people in the market’s freezer.
“I opened the door of the freezer and a number of people went inside, I turned off the lights and the freezer,” Bathily told MetroNews.
As he closed the door to secure the hostages inside, he told them, “Stay calm here. I’m going out.”
Bathily managed to escape from the store using an elevator, alerting French police to the hostages hiding in the freezer as he fled.
The young employee is being hailed across social media as a hero, and received thanks from the hostages after they were freed.
Respect à Lassana Bathily, gros respect.
— Alvs (@Jo95zey) January 10, 2015
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