Paris is City of LIGHT it will never Go Out!!
DARKNESS IN THE CITY OF Light.
PARIS MOURNS: 129 Dead… 352 Injured, 99 Critically… ISIS Claims Credit… '3 Coordinated Groups' In Attack…Pray for Paris. Horrifying Eyewitness Accounts: 'It Was A Bloodbath'… Victims Identified…Solidarity And Strength From Paris To New York… One Suicide Bomber Named… Syrian Passport Found Near Attacker… Belongs To Refugee Who Passed Through Greece… 3 Attackers Thought To Be From Brussels… Suicide Bomber Tried To Enter Stadium, Stopped By Guard…
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One hundred and 29 people died and over 300 were injured as Paris suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which 191 people died. Eight attackers launched a devastating series of coordinated shootings and explosions at six locations across the French capital
Sequence of events
21.20 Stade de France Saint Denis | First of three explosions outside the national stadium during an international football match
21.25 Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge Rue Alibert, 10th arrondissement | 14 die as gunman attacks two establishments in quick succession
21:32 Casa Nostra Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 11th arrondissement | Five people die in machine gun attack on pizzeria
21.38 La Belle Équipe Rue de Charonne, 11th arrondissement | Gun attack outside brasserie kills 19
21.49 Le Bataclan Boulevard Voltaire, 11th arrondissement | 87 die as four attackers storm music venue during a rock concert
A statement issued by Islamic State said it carried out the attacks in response to France’s airstrikes in Syria and threatened further reprisals. All of the terrorists are now believed dead, most having blown themselves up in France's first ever suicide bombings.
Three French nationals were arrested in Belgium on Saturday in connection with the attacks. The Paris public prosecutor, Francois Molins, said one of the three had rented a Seat Leon car used by some of the terrorists during the attacks.
President François Hollande had announced a nationwide state of emergency on the night of the attacks. On Saturday the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, authorised local authorities to impose curfews if needed and announced 1,500 soldiers would conduct patrols in the heart of the capital.
Le Bataclan, Boulevard Voltaire: four gunmen slaughter 87 concert goers
The deadliest incident took place at a large Parisian music venue when four terrorists attacked a packed concert by the American rock group Eagles of Death Metal, killing 87 people. Using automatic weapons, the gunmen were said to have fired indiscriminately into a crowd of around 1,500 people. During the assault witnesses say they heard some of the attackers shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’ in Arabic) and also mention France’s airstrikes against Isis in Syria.
Those trapped inside used social media to implore the police to act. “I’m still in the Bataclan, 1st floor," tweeted one. “I’m heavily wounded. Please police you have to launch an assault, there are still people alive here but they are killing them one by one." Around midnight, shortly after President Hollande addressed the nation on TV, French special forces stormed Le Bataclan to end what had become a hostage situation. Within two minutes all the gunmen were dead. Two blew themselves up while a third was shot dead by the security forces.
One of the attackers at the Bataclan is understood to be a 30-year-old French national, who was known to French police because of links to Islamic radicals.
Wounded people are evacuated outside the scene of a hostage situation at the Bataclan concert hall, where gunmen killed 87 people. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA
Stade de France, Saint Denis: football stadium targeted during match
President Hollande was attending an international friendly between France and Germany at the national stadium when the first explosion occurred about 20 minutes into the game. With reports of the developing situation filtering in, Hollande received a security briefing before leaving the stadium to convene an emergency cabinet meeting at the secure interior ministry.
Spectators gather on the pitch of the Stade de France following the friendly football match between France and Germany. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Further explosions occurred at 9.30pm and 9.50pm – one of these attacks is believed to have killed three people. All three explosions were caused by suicide bombers blowing themselves up at locations outside but close to the stadium. Despite all three explosions being audible within the stadium, the match was played to a finish with supporters congregating on the pitch at full-time before they were evacuated.
A Syrian and an Egyptian passport were found on the bodies of the two suicide bombers who targeted the Stade de France. The Syrian passport belonged to a refugee who passed through Greece, according to a Greek minister.
La Belle Équipe, Rue de Charonne: gun attack outside brasserie kills 19
Nineteen people died after al fresco diners and drinkers were again targeted. This time there were said to have been two gunmen with the shooting lasting for three minutes. Witnesses described scenes of bodies piled outside the bar with residents in apartment blocks throwing down blankets and sheets to cover the victims.
People lay flowers at the cafe 'La Belle Equipe’ in Paris, following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late on November 13. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge: 14 shot dead at two restaurants
Fourteen people died in a double-attack on a cafe bar and Cambodian restaurant metres apart from each other in Rue Alibert, not far from Place de la République. Witnesses described how a gunman first opened fire on Le Carillon cafe bar before before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge and turning his gun on diners there.
Medics carry the wounded people to the ambulances near Le Petit Cambodge restaurant. Photograph: Getty Images
A young woman who arrived at the scene shortly after the attack broke down. “It was surreal, everyone was on the ground", she told reporters. “A girl was being carried in the arms of a young man. She seemed to be dead."
Casa Nostra, Rue de la Fontaine au Roi: five die in gun attack on pizzeria
Five people died after a man dressed in black military-style clothing opened fire with an automatic machine gun outside the popular pizzeria. Psychotherapist Mark Colclough, a 43-year-old British-Danish dual citizen who was 20 yards from the cafe when the attack was launched, described how the attacker shot first at people dining outside, swiveled to shoot through a car driver’s window and then entered the premises to continue the attack. Colclough also described hearing 15-20 shots inside the restaurant and noted how the gunman was firing in controlled bursts.
Forensic experts outside the La Casa Nostra pizzeria, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire