JNN 15 Nov 2015 Paris : At least 129 people have been killed in seven separate attacks across Paris, including 89 during a hostage situation at Bataclan, a music venue
What has happened?
There have been seven apparently coordinated terror attacks in Paris carried out by at least seven militants, all wearing suicide vests. At least 129 people are feared to have been killed and 352 are injured.
First two attacks: Stade de France
The first series of attacks were launched virtually simultaneously, at just after 9.20pm local time, four miles apart.
First, two explosions close to the Stade de France were heard minutes apart inside the stadium, where Francois Hollande was watching France and Germany play an international friendly.
The first explosion, a suicide bombing, was at an entrance to the stadium. Last night a guard identified as Zouheir (his first name) told a newspaper that an explosives vest was found on the attacker as he was frisked trying to enter with a ticket.
While trying to back away from security officers the militant detonated his vest, the guard said. A second terrorist is believed to have blown himself minutes later.
The explosions came as a large crowd were enjoying the first half of the international friendly.
In the event, the effect of the blasts at the stadium was limited, apparently killing one person in addition to the suicide bombers.
But as chaos began to unfold outside the stadium, Mr Hollande was quickly evacuated by his security team as the match continued.
Third attack: Restaurants on Rue Bichat
Meanwhile, a separate team of gunmen arrived in a black Seat at the Right Bank area of central Paris.
At around the same time as terrorists detonated explosives around four miles away at the Stade de France, the gunmen opened fire on the Petit Cambodge Cambodian restaurant in Rue Bichat, and the Le Carillon bar on the other side of the road.
With devastating coolness they gunned down diners and revellers at the two venues, killing 15 and sending a shockwave of terror through an area being enjoyed by many on their Friday night out. A number of doctors from the nearby Hôpital Lariboisière were said to have been drinking at Le Carillon after their shifts.
“These are places and streets that burst with life on a Friday evening,” said Manu Saadia, a writer from Paris. “It is where young and hip Parisians gather to drink and socialise.”
“These are ordinary neighbourhood joints where you meet your buddies for a quick ‘demi’ of watery French beer or a snack before going out somewhere else,” Mr Saadia said of the bar and restaurant.
The terrorists’ next target would also fit this description.
Fourth attack: Casa Nostra pizzeria on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi
The unit drove about 500 yards to the Casa Nostra pizzeria in Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. A young woman told Le Monde she spotted a “very young” man – 18 to 20 years old – in the front seat of the car.
Less than 10 minutes after their assault on nearby Rue Bichat they opened fire on diners on the terrace of the restaurant, killing at least five.
The scene can only be described as one of horror. One witness, Mathieu, 35, said: “There was blood everywhere. I was very lucky”.
But Phillipe, an elderly man who saw the attack from his flat window, said “What was so chilling was that once the terrorists got back into their car after gunning those people down, they drove away very slowly, very calmly.”
Fifth attack: La Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charonne
From there, the terrorists drove around a mile south-east – apparently past the area of the Bataclan concert venue – to then launch another attack, this time on La Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charonne. At least 19 people died after the terrace was sprayed with bullets at around 9.35pm.
David Hadjadje, 31, a tour leader who lives nearby, said he saw people “panicked, shocked” in the street.
“Some of the people were drunk – it was after all a Friday night – and they didn’t understand what was going on. I said, ‘Get out of here, get inside’.”
Sixth attack: Bataclan, Boulevard Voltaire
Little more than a mile from the restaurants the US rock group Eagles of Death Metal were playing to a full house of 1,500 people at the Bataclan in Boulevard Voltaire. This would be the target of the third team of terrorists.
In its statement released yesterday ISIL described the music fans at the Bataclan as “idolators at a festival of perversity”.
Most were young Parisians in their twenties and thirties.
At around 9.50pm, an hour after the band took to the stage, black-clad gunmen wielding AK-47s and wearing suicide vests stormed into the hall and fired calmly and methodically at hundreds of screaming concert-goers.
They began a siege that would last two hours and forty minutes. Two of the terrorists blew up their explosive belts as heavily armed anti-terror police ended the siege at around 12.30am. A third was shot by officers.
At first, many who heard the sound of shots thought it was part of the act.
“But we quickly understood,” said Pierre Janaszak, another radio presenter.
“They were just firing into the crowd.”
Within minutes the concert hall would become “a bloodbath”, according to one witness. A video filmed by a French newspaper journalist on a mobile phone shows terrified concert-goers fleeing the venue as the sound of gunshots is heard.
Mr Janaszak said he heard an attacker in the Bataclan say, “It’s the fault of Hollande, it’s the fault of your president, he should not have intervened in Syria.”
The gunmen shot their victims in the back, killing some at point-blank range before reloading their guns and firing again, a witness said, after escaping into the street by a stage door. Last night the death toll at the venue had reached 89.
A seventh attacker exploded his suicide vest at a restaurant in the Boulevard Voltaire, up the road from the Bataclan, at around 9.45pm. Another person was seriously injured in the explosion.
The hall is just a few hundred yards from the former Charlie Hebdo offices, the scene of a deadly terrorist attack in January. The Bataclan is located on the Boulevard Voltaire in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. It has a capacity of 1,500.
Seventh attack: Third blast near Stade de France
At around 9.50pm a third blast took place near the Stade de France, this time by a McDonald’s restaurant on the fringes of the stadium.
The boom caused terror among spectators who had already been attempting to flee the stadium following the first two explosions.
The match had continued, with many attributing the initial noises to fireworks, but word soon spread of what had taken place outside the stadium, as people read updates on their mobile phones.
David Haddad, a 24-year-old accountant who was at the stadium, said: “We got a notification which said François Hollande was evacuated because of bombs in the stadium.
“We started to run out. And we saw a lot of policemen with guns. I had never seen that before. When I tried to go outside I heard a third boom a bit farther away. Later I realised it was the restaurant.
“We ran for one kilometre until we caught a taxi. It was only when we were in the taxi and we asked the driver to put the radio on that we realised what was happening.”
A Paris prosecutor said seven terrorists had been killed across the capital.
At least 129 people have died, according to city officials, with 352 more wounded.
Briton Nick Alexander has been confirmed by family to have lost his life at the Bataclan, as a government source says “a handful” of others are feared dead. Two young British students are apparently also among the dead
At least 89 people were killed in the concert hall. Three assailants were also killed after police stormed in – two by activating their suicide vests and a third shot dead.
A little further east at least 19 people died when the terrace of the La Belle Equipe in Rue de Charonne was sprayed with gunfire, while 15 people were killed at Le Carillon bar-cafe in Rues Bichat.
Five people at the Casa Nostra pizzeria and a nearby bar were killed by attackers wielding rifles.
French police asked people in Paris to stay indoors following the attacks.
All schools, museums, libraries, gyms, swimming pools and food markets in Paris were closed on Saturday.
So far, only one gunman has been officially identified. Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, was identified by his finger, which was found among the rubble of the Bataclan concert hall. Police say he was one of three men who blew himself up killing 89 people in the bloodiest scene of the carnage. His father and brother, who handed himself in, are in custody and police are searching the family’s home and the homes of his friends.
His brother told AFP that he had not seen Mostefai for years and said the attacks were “madness”.
Born on November 21 1985, in the poor Paris suburb of Courcouronnes, Mostefai’s criminal record shows eight convictions for petty crimes between 2004 and 2010, but no jail time.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Mostefai had been singled out as a high-priority target for radicalisation in 2010 but, before Friday, he had “never been implicated in an investigation or a terrorist association”.
Investigators are now probing whether he took a trip to Syria last year, according to police sources.
According to the Greek Public Order Minister Dimitris Toskas, one attacker found at the Stade de France was found with a Syrian passport which was used to claim asylum in Greece in early October.
The Greek minister for citizen protection, Nikos Toskas, said the man had been registered on the Greek island of Leros in October.
“We confirm that the (Syrian) passport holder came through the Greek island of Leros on October 3 where he was registered under EU rules,” he said a statement.
However, a US intelligence official told CBS News the passport did not contain the correct numbers for a legitimate Syrian passport and the picture did not match the name and suggested it could be a fake.
A second man suspected to have been among the attackers in Paris on Friday, is “very likely” to have entered Europe though Greece, Greek government sources have told Reuters.
Francois Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said Saturday afternoon that three “terrorist teams” were involved in the attacks, and French channel BFMTV, reported gunmen at Bataclan shouted: “It’s for Syria” and “Allahu Akbar”. There were also reports the attackers mentioned France’s military actions in Syria.
Possible second gunman named by Serbian media
The MailOnline also reports that Serbian media claims one of the terrorists was Ahmed Almuhamed.
The website reports that the man was carrying a Syrian passport and is aged 25.
He is believed to have blown himself up at the Bataclan concert hall where more than 80 people were killed by gunmen during the siege on Friday.
MailOnline cite Blic newspaper as reporting that the terrorist arrived with another bomber in Europe on the Greek island of Leros in October.
It is then reported he took a month to travel to France and on October 7, entered Serbia after crossing from Macedonia.
French police say they have arrested six people close to the first gunman named: Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, who took part in the killings at the Bataclan concert hall.
The investigation into the attack spread to Belgium on Saturday where police arrested several suspects in Brussels, including one who was said to have been in Paris at the time of the carnage.
The arrests – local media said three people were detained – were in connection with a vehicle found near the Bataclan, they said.
Emergency services are attending all scenes, while special forces were deployed to the hostage situation at the Bataclan, where they stormed the building. 200 soldiers are being sent to 11 and 10 arrondissements.
The Army has also been called in, with 1,500 soldiers deployed in the French capital:
The President and Home Minister held an emergency meeting before Hollande travelled to the Bataclan, where 100 people died. He has declared a state of emergency in the whole of France – the first time since 1958 – and imposed border control. The Paris Metro and most large museums in the capital are shut.
Mr Hollande has cancelled his trip to the G20 meeting in Turkey this weekend to remain in France.
David Cameron convened a meeting of COBRA, the Government’s emergency committee, on Saturday following the “sickening” attacks.
Mr Cameron will attend the G20, meanwhile Home Secretary Theresa May will chair today’s COBRA meeting.
US officials say they are monitoring the attacks in Paris and President Barack Obama has been briefed. The US President said: “Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize ordinary citizens. France is our oldest ally. We stand together with them.”
Angela Merkel has pledged German help for France, saying she is “deeply appalled” by the attacks.
Ban Ki-moon, the head of the UN, has released the following statement.
“The Secretary-General condemns the despicable terrorist attacks carried out today in various locations in and around Paris. He demands the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre. The Secretary-General trusts that the French authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly. The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He stands with the Government and people of France.”
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy:
“Faced with these terrorist attacks of an exceptional severity, my first thoughts go to the victims of these acts of barbarity. And also to their families and loved ones and the security forces, who have shown exemplary courage.
“In these tragic circumstances, the solidarity among all of France is needed.
“It’s in this spirit that I support the decision taken this evening to declare a state of emergency and close the borders. The terrorists have declared war on France. Our response should be to show strength and determination throughout.”
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