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Paris attack survivor who was at Bataclan emphasizes importance of 'love'

by Elizabeth Murray / / Source: TODAY

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A survivor of Friday's Paris terror attacks shared a powerful and detailed account of the horror inside the Bataclan during the terror siege.

But on TODAY Sunday, Thomas Tran Dinh emphasized the importance for people around the world to respect and care for one another.

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"It's easy to hate," Dinh told TODAY's Erica Hill. "We have to love each other."

Dinh, who works for IBM France, was attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan when gunman attacked, killing at least 87 people with automatic fire weapons and held hundreds more victims hostage for hours.

Dinh described the moments that he realized the concert was being attacked, and how he escaped.

"It was the end of the song, and we heard fire trucks but we didn’t know it was fire trucks. It wasn’t in rhythm at all with the song," Dinh said. "And people started to collapse."

From the mosh pit, Dinh said he could tell shots were being fired into the crowd. "I knew I was not going to survive there," he said. After what he said was about 10 minutes, Dinh ran outside and escaped.

In an essay posted to his LinkedIn page, Dinh wrote: "The sun is rising. I cheated death, that was so close. Another day starts. I love you all."

Dinh emphasized the importance of love on Sunday, telling Hill that as soon as he got out safely, his thoughts went to seeing his loved ones. "People you care about, you want to see them again," he said.

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