Early news reports estimated more than 150 people were killed in Paris, France on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 by eight suicide bombers who reportedly has ties to France, Egypt and Syria. ISIS is taking accountability for this carnage that took place in six simultaneous attacks around the city and promises more.
ISIS, who recruits via social media, is touted as one of the most organized of terrorist groups. The extremist group dubs the French capital a city of adultery and vice. The hashtag #ParisAttacks is breaking the Internet. Major landmarks closed today including the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. Public demonstrations in Paris are banned until Thursday.
French president Francois Hollande said today this is “an act of war that was organized and planned from the exterior with internal accomplices….the country is suffering and I have signed a decree to declare it a three-day mourning period. Long live the republic. Long live France.”
The shootings and explosions, a coordinated mass casualty attack, in the City of Lights have devastated the world leaving 127 dead. The first blast was heard at 9:17 p.m. Central Europe Time (CET) around the Stade de France. France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has authorized local authorities to impose curfews during this state of emergency. He says, “We are unanimous in our support for our security forces who are entirely committed, as was apparent from our police force’s courage last night, of the BRI and the GIGN as well as they freed the hostages from the terrorists’ barbarism at the Bataclan.
“I pay tribute to the fire fighters and the all the emergency services who acted amid these acts of barbarism with bravery and selflessness.”
This is the second mass attack this year in the multicultural city. US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner has said the government believes American citizens are among the injured in terror attacks.
Who were these attackers?
French police officials say Syrian and Egyptian passports were found on the bodies of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France. A 30-year-old French national by his fingerprints, and confirmed he was known to police. Of the eight attackers, seven died by suicide one was killed by authorities.
Where the attacks happened.
- North of Paris at the Stade De France (4 dead reported).
- Rue Bichat (14 dead reported).
- Around rue du Faubourg du temple and Boulevard Voltaire (5-6 dead reported).
- Bataclan concert hall (80 dead reported).
- Rue de Charonne (19 dead reported).
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