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Banksy's homage to Bataclan victims has been stolen from Paris theatre

Thieves have stolen a fire-exit door from the venue where 90 people were killed in a terror attack in 2015

Banksy's mural located on the door to a Parisian concert hall, where 90 people were killed in a terror attack in 2015, has been stolen. EPA
Banksy's mural located on the door to a Parisian concert hall, where 90 people were killed in a terror attack in 2015, has been stolen. EPA

A mural by British street artist Banksy that pays tribute to those killed in a 2015 terror attack on a Paris theatre has been stolen.

The work, one of a series of murals painted last June in the French capital and attributed to Banksy, showed a veiled female figure in a mournful pose.

It decorated a fire-exit door at the Bataclan theatre, where extremists killed 90 people three years ago.

"We are today filled with a deep sense of indignation. The work of Banksy, a symbol of contemplation belonging to all - residents, Parisians and citizens of the world - has been taken from us," the Bataclan said in a Twitter post on Saturday.

Thieves with a van had stolen the door on which the mural was painted the previous night, a police source told Reuters.

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

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 murals of Banksy, who keeps his real name secret, have become prized attractions for collectors. A work created last month in an industrial town in Wales, UK, depicting a child enjoying snow that is in fact pollution, was sold for over £100,000 pounds (Dh485,000).

Updated: January 27, 2019 10:33 AM

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