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Banksy tribute to Paris attack victims stolen from Bataclan

Thomas Samson, AFP | In this file photo taken on June 25, 2018, a man walks past an artwork by street artist Banksy in Paris on a side street to the Bataclan concert hall where a terrorist attack killed 90 people on November 13, 2015.

A painting in homage to terror victims by famous street artist Banksy has been stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where 90 people were killed in 2015 in a jihadist attack.

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The white stencilled oeuvre showing a sad-faced girl on one of the emergency-exit doors of the famed Parisian venue was cut out and taken away.

Banksy’s work, a symbol of recollection and belonging to all: locals, Parisians, citizens of the world has been taken from us,” the establishment said, stressing the staff’s “deep indignation”.

A source close to the investigation told LCI television that “a group of hooded individuals armed with angle grinders cut the painting and took it away in a truck” on the night of Friday to Saturday.

The piece, along with other paintings, popped up in Paris last June and has been attributed to the reclusive British street artist.

Some of Banksy’s works in Paris, which also addressed issues like immigration, were vandalised soon after they were put up, while others were protected by screens.

The Bataclan theatre was stormed by Islamist militants during a rock concert in November 2015, as part of coordinated attacks in and around Paris that killed 130 people.

Banksy, whose identity is known to only a handful of friends, caused a sensation in October when one of his paintings began shredding itself, just after selling for $1.4 million (€1.2 million).

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

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