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Paris Attackers Reportedly Sought Eagles of Death Metal Singer Jesse Hughes

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A new report suggests Eagles of Death Metal singer Jesse Hughes may have been a main target for the terrorists who stormed the band’s Nov. 13 concert in Paris.

Responsibility for the attacks, which left dozens dead, has been claimed by Islamic fundamentalists at odds with the West — and who, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail tabloid, sought to assassinate Hughes in retribution for his outspoken religious and political beliefs.

Bystanders claim to have heard the attackers shouting “Where’s the singer?” and “Where are the Yanks?” after raiding the Bataclan. The Mail‘s report also notes that Hughes is a self-professed devout Christian who’s argued loudly in support of gun ownership, and that he has expressed support for Donald Trump – a Republican presidential candidate attracting plenty of attention for his own antagonistic relationship with the Muslim community.

Regardless of whether or not the attackers were really looking for Hughes personally, the experience has left him understandably shaken. As he recently admitted to Rolling Stone, Hughes was unsure whether he or the band would resume live performance after the horror of the Bataclan, and he credited the kindness of U2 frontman Bono and his bandmates with helping nudge the Eagles of Death Metal on the road to recovery.

“The day after the attack, a courier came with a phone and a note that said, ‘This is from Bono. Make sure you call your mom,'” recalled Hughes. “He just prayed with me on the phone. He kept my head off of things. Then, U2 visited the memorial site – that was important to me because I really wanted to be out there. I didn’t want to be in some safe house. That little detail is something that nobody would ever know mattered, but it mattered to me. I didn’t know how I was ever going to get back on stage again.”

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