Bono Caught Up In Bastille Day Horror
Irish rocker Bono was reportedly rescued by armed police during the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France on Thursday.
The U2 frontman was reportedly enjoying an evening with friends on the terrace of upmarket restaurant La Petite Maison when suspect Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a lorry into the crowd watching a firework display on the nearby seafront, killing at least 84 people, on the country's national holiday.
The owner of the restaurant Anne-Laure Rubi told La Parisienne magazine when she saw people running in fear, she grabbed the arm of the former Nice mayor, Christian Estrosi, who was sitting close to Bono, who owns a home in the nearby town of Eze.
According to the owner, the staff pulled down the shutters and all patrons hid inside the establishment until given the all-clear. Eventually, the group were rescued by armed officers who took them to the nearby Massena Square.
"It took around half an hour for the police to get us out," a diner said. "Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head, and was told to remain calm... The police were clearly very worried that terrorists might still be at large, and everybody was under suspicion."
Following the attack, the group posted on the U2 Twitter page, "Love is bigger than anything in its way - Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry."
Bono was also close to the atrocities in Paris, France in November, where 89 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks, one of which took place at the Bataclan concert hall. The band were in the city rehearsing for their concert the following day, but they cancelled their shows due to safety fears and rescheduled them for December.
The band offered their private jet to the Eagles of Death Metal, who were playing the Bataclan at the time of the attack, but the rockers found another way home