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French TV channel broadcasts gruesome video of apparent Paris café suicide bombing

The shocking video, which appears to show Brahim Abdeslam blowing himself up, has caused controversy in France.

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A FRENCH TV station has broadcast what it says is a video taken from inside the Paris restaurant where jihadi Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up on 13 November, killing himself and wounding several others.

The extremely graphic CCTV footage was shown for the first time by the M6 channel on Sunday, as part of a documentary about the terrorist attacks, entitled “Nuit noire a Paris” (Black night in Paris).

It appears to show a man walking into the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant near Place de la Nation in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

The café is crowded with Friday night diners, as the man appearing to be Abdeslam looks down and covers his eyes before an explosion at his back propels his body forward.

The Associated Press was not immediately able to verify the footage’s authenticity.

The images are gruesome but reaction in France has been muted. A spokesman for France’s television watchdog says he couldn’t give the total number of complaints but that it wasn’t unusually high.

The 13 November attacks in Paris killed 130 victims and wounded hundreds more.

Abdeslam was the brother of Salah Abdeslam, the suspected mastermind of the attacks, who was arrested in Brussels last month.

Additional reporting by Dan Mac Guill

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