Police with victim outside Bataclan Theater in Paris
Police with victim outside Bataclan Theater in ParisReuters

The ISIS terrorists responsible for the deadly attacks in Paris last November not only murdered 130 and wounded close to 400 victims, they also engaged in “gruesome torture” and sexual mutilation of their victims.

A government committee in France heard testimony indicating the terrorists involved had subjected some of their victims to torture, which may have been filmed for use in ISIS propaganda videos.

The story, which was initially reported by Heat Street, suggests the French government actively sought to cover up the horrors of the attack, withholding information from the public and playing down physical evidence of torture, saying claims the state of some of the victims’ bodies indicated they were mutilated were rumors.

According to the testimony, which was given in March, the mutilations were so severe that a police investigator inspecting the scene of the attack ran out of the Bataclan to vomit after having viewed some of the victim’s bodies.

Some victims reportedly had their eyes gouged out, others were decapitated, while still others were disemboweled, and some castrated with their testicles placed in their mouths. Women were also reportedly sexually mutilated.

French prosecutors played down the claims of torture, saying they were “a rumor”.

One lawmaker questioned investigators, asking how they became aware of the “acts of barbarism”, with no indication the acts of mutilation were in dispute.

“For the information of the Commission of Inquiry….can you tell us how you learned that there had been acts of barbarism within the Bataclan: beheadings, evisceration, eyes gouged out…?”

An investigator responded, saying “After the assault, we were with colleagues at the passage Saint-Pierre Amelot when I saw weeping from one of our colleagues who came outside to vomit. He told us what he had seen.”

“Bodies” of the victims, one investigator testified, “have not been presented to families because there were beheaded people there, the murdered people, people who have been disemboweled. There are women who had their genitals stabbed.”

Later in the testimony, one of the investigators quoted the father of one of the victims who learned the true nature of his son’s fate at a Paris forensic institute, contradicting claims the victims had simply been shot or killed by explosives.

“On the causes of the death of my son A., at the forensic institute in Paris, I was told, and what a shock it was for me at that moment, they had cut off his testicles, had put them in his mouth, and he was disemboweled. When I saw him behind glass, lying on a table, a white shroud covering it up to the neck, a psychologist was with me. He said: This is “the only presentable part, your son’s left profile.” I found that he had no right eye. I made the remark; I was informed that they had punctured his eye and sliced down the right side of his face, where there was a very large hematoma that we could all see.”