A CONGOLESE national has been dubbed a “hero” after friends say he jumped in front of a bullet to save a woman’s life during the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (Nov 13).
Ludovic Boumbass, who grew up in Lille, northern France and is one of the 129 confirmed deaths, is said to have been enjoying a birthday meal with friends when gunmen began to fire bullets at people sitting on the terrace of La Belle Epique bar in the Rue de Charonne in the 11th district.
The woman he saved is believed to be in hospital in a critical condition.
A friend of the 40-year-old told the MailOnline: “Ludo threw himself to protect a girl and took the bullet.
“She was also shot, but survived and is in hospital.”
Boumbas was attending the 35th birthday party of waitress Houda Saadi who was also shot and killed when two gunmen descended on the bar.
At least 19 people died when gunmen opened fire at around 9.35pm.
A witness to the attack at the bar told the BBC: “It lasted three minutes, then they got back in the car and headed towards Charonne Station.”
A former FedEx worker, Boumbas is honoured by friends who described him as someone who loved people and travelling. “He was just one of life’s good, good people,” they said.