Over 120 Killed in Paris Terror Attacks, 8 Attackers Shot Dead
A series of attacks targeting concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians at popular places killed at least 120 people.
A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed at least 120 people in the deadliest attack to strike France since World War II.
The worst carnage was at a concert hall hosting an American rock band, where scores of people were held hostage and attackers ended the standoff by detonating explosive belts. Police who stormed the building encountered a bloody scene of horror inside.
President Francois Hollande condemned it as terrorism and pledged that France would stand firm against its foes.
When the attacks were over, eight attackers were dead, seven of them in suicide explosions and the other killed by security forces in the music venue, Paris prosecutor’s spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre told The Associated Press.
The death toll was at least 120 people at six sites, including the national stadium and a circle of popular nightspots, Thibault-Lecuivre said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Jihadists on Twitter were quick to praise the attacks and criticised France’s military operations against Islamic State extremists. Witnesses in the concert hall described hearing attackers say “Allahu Akbar.”
Metro lines were shut down and streets emptied as fear spread through the city, still aching from the horrors of the Charlie Hebdo attack just 10 months ago.
Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country’s borders, although officials later said they were just re-imposing border checks that had been removed after Europe created its free-travel zone in the 1980s.
Hollande, who had to be evacuated from the stadium when the bombs went off outside, later vowed that the nation would stand firm and united: “A determined France, a united France, a France that joins together and a France that will not allow itself to be staggered even if today, there is infinite emotion faced with this disaster, this tragedy, which is an abomination, because it is barbarism.”
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