After 21:00 (20:00 GMT) as people were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital, Paris became a seen of terror. It first started with a gunman who opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, not far from the Place de la Republique, before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia), killing at least 12 people.
A few streets away, diners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, were also fired on, with the loss of at least five lives.
At around the same time, on the northern outskirts of Paris, 80,000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium.
President Hollande was among the spectators and was whisked to safety after the first explosion. It later emerged three suicide bombers blew themselves up at fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium.
1,500-seat Bataclan concert hall was the other target. There gunmen opened fire on a sell-out gig by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal, killing at least 90 people.
Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter, told AFP news agency:
“At first we thought it was part of the show but we quickly understood. They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee.”
20 hostages were taken. Within an hour, security forces had stormed the concert hall and shot one of the four attackers dead. Three had blown themselves up.
Islamic State released a statement on Saturday saying
“eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles” had carried out the attacks on “carefully chosen” targets, and were a response to France’s involvement in the air strikes on IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
Shortly before, President Hollande called it a cowardly shameful and violent attacked.
he said, vowing to
“use all means within the law.. on every battleground here and abroad together with our allies”.
We do know it, in Belgium we have a lot of hidden agendas of the government but also of different political as well as religious groups. We wonder how much the state security is following up the several Muslim extremist and other fanatic groups.
Eight attackers who killed 127 people in Paris on Friday night are believed to have come from the Brussels neighbourhood Molenbeek raided by police this afternoon. One other terrorists, who passed though Greece in October, was carrying a Syrian passport.
“The holder of the passport passed through the island of Leros on October 3, 2015, where he was identified according to EU rules,”
said Nikos Toscas, Greece’s deputy minister in charge of policing.
A Greek police source told Reuters that European countries had been asked to check the passport holder to see if they had been registered.
Syrian passports are known to be valuable currency amongst those trying to enter Europe, and it is not confirmed yet whether the holder of the passport is indeed the perpetrator.
It is no surprise that eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organised and planned from outside”. There have been orders and there is a machine behind it. It is organised and it has a clear object.
IS claimed the attacks on the Paris bars, restaurants, concert-hall and a high-profile football match.
Mr Hollande has declared three days of national mourning.
He raised the security threat level to its highest point and imposed a nationwide state of emergency. Hospital officials now put the number of injured at 300. Ninety are in a critical condition.
These are the deadliest attacks in peacetime France, and only the fourth time since WW2 that a state of emergency has been imposed. The last time was during a 2005 wave of riots in poor suburbs.
It is the worst atrocity in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.
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