13, 2015 -
More than 100 dead in Paris, scores if not hundreds
wounded and thousands traumatised. France declares three
days of national mourning. President Hollande declares a
state of emergency and the military is deployed as
restrictions are put on certain everyday activities.
Parisians, visitors in the French capital
and the international community are still trying to come
to terms with Friday evening's attacks on various
populated sites in Paris at a time when people were out
enjoying the delights of the capital. The
BBC reports -
"Hollande cancelled plans to attend
this weekend’s G20 summit in Turkey and convened a
cabinet meeting. In a TV address to the nation, he
declared a state of emergency.
“This is a terrible ordeal that again
assails us,” he said.
“We know where it comes from, who
these criminals are, who these terrorists are.”
He said the attackers wanted “to scare
us and fill us with dread”. He added: “There is dread,
but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that
knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise
its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists.”
The state of emergency would be in force across France,
Hollande said, meaning some place might be closed and
people searched. He said: “The second decision I have
made is to close the borders. We must ensure that no one
enters to commit any crimes and that those who have
committed the crimes that we have unfortunately seen can
also be arrested if they should leave the territory.”
The events brought immediate
international condemnation, with the US president,
Barack Obama, calling it “an attack on all of humanity
and the universal values we share”.
Obama said he did not want to
speculate on who might have carried out the attacks, but
said the US was ready to help “our oldest ally”. “Those
who think they can terrorise France or their values are
wrong,” he said.
“Liberté, égalité and fraternité are
values that we share, and they are going to endure far
beyond any act of terrorism.”
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel,
said she was “deeply shaken by the news and pictures
that are reaching us from Paris.”
David Cameron, who is still expected
to travel to the G20 summit, said he was shocked by the
events. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the French
people. We will do whatever we can to help.”
Another international broadcaster,
CNN carried a story
last evening with pictures depicting the confusion
amidst the carnage and with figures of casualties
trickling in as officials and reporters tried to put a
figure to the dead, gravely wounded, wounded and
traumatised in the aftermath of the attacks.
"On a night when thousands of Paris residents and
tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer
match between France and world champion Germany, horror
struck in an unprecedented manner.
Terrorists -- some with AK-47s, some
reportedly with bombs strapped to them -- attacked sites
throughout the French capital and at the stadium where
the soccer match was underway.
Scores were killed in the coordinated
attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and
the world in shock. A journalist who was at a concert at
the Bataclan theater and escaped after the shooting
started told CNN:
"We lied down on the floor not to get
hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for
10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath."
Julien Pearce didn't hear the
attackers speak, but he said one friend who escaped
heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the
men were speaking French.
news outlet reported -
The attacks come 10 months after 20
people died during attacks by Islamist gunmen on the
offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, located
close to the Bataclan theatre, and a kosher supermarket
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
said: “My thoughts are with the people of Paris
Senior British officials are expected
to hold an emergency meeting in Whitehall on Saturday as
the UK assesses the implications of the Paris attack.
Britain’s intelligence agencies moved quickly on Friday
night to offer assistance to their French counterparts.
The British embassy in Paris was placed on “full
It is understood, however, that
officials are unlikely to raise the threat level in the
UK which is currently set at the second highest level of
“severe”. The highest level of “critical” is only
declared if intelligence is received of an imminent
attack in the UK.
Threat levels in the UK are set by the
Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the domestic
security service MI5.
Witnesses said a number of people had
died when gunmen fired inside a restaurant in the 10th
arrondissement of the city. A police official said 11
people had died there, but other reports said there were
“I was on my way to my sister’s when I
heard shots being fired. Then I saw three people dead on
the ground. I know they were dead because they were
being wrapped up in plastic bags,” student Fabien Baron
In the rue de Charonne, customers at the Carillon bar
and restaurant heard an explosion at around 9.20pm and
assumed it was a firecracker. Witnesses said a man then
appeared and fired a first salvo at the bar and a second
at a Vietnamese restaurant, the Petit Cambodge,
The man was reported to have entered
Le Carillon and fired “lots of volleys”. One man who
lives near the Petit Cambodge said he initially thought
the gunfire was fireworks.
Another witness told AFP: “Everyone
was on the floor, no one moved. A girl was carried by a
young man in his arms. She appeared to be dead.”
“It was carnage,” said Marc Coupris, 57, still shaking
after being freed from the Bataclan venue.
“It looked like a battlefield, there
was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere. I
was at the far side of the hall when shooting began.
There seemed to be at least two gunmen. They shot from
“Everyone scrabbled to the ground. I
was on the ground with a man on top of me and another
one beside me up against a wall. We just stayed still
like that. At first we kept quiet. I don’t know how long
we stayed like that, it seemed like an eternity.”
“It was horrible, there were so many
corpses, I just can’t talk about it,” said a bearded man
in a T-shirt as he ran down the street from the Bataclan
A witness called Anna, who lives near the Bataclan, said
they heard firing and “threw ourselves on the ground”.
In a shaky voice, she told BFMTV.
“We saw people running and people with
guns. The whole area is sealed off. We don’t know what
is happening here. Oh my god, there’s a body there. This
Hollande was attending the football
game at the Stade de France when the attacks began. The
blasts could be heard by the crowd, causing panic as
people spilled into the field and the PA announcer asked
people to avoid certain exits.
15, 2015 - The
BBC reports that a
car has been found with automatic weapons and that raids
in Belgium have netted in suspects. At least one of the
attackers has been identified.
Thursday November 19, 2015 - After
security forces fire five thousand bullets in the Saint
Denis raid in Paris yesterday morning, alleged ring
leader of the Friday killings is identified as killed in
the French security forces raids.
The BBC states -
"The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks,
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was among those killed in a French
police raid on Wednesday, prosecutors say.
The Paris prosecutor's office
confirmed that Abaaoud was among those killed when
anti-terror police stormed a flat in the Paris suburb of
Saint Denis. His body was found riddled with bullets and
shrapnel in the apartment. The Belgian national, 28, was
identified from his fingerprints.
Eight people were arrested and at
least two killed in the raid on the property in Saint
Denis. Heavily armed police stormed the building after a
tip-off that Abaaoud was in Paris.
A woman at the flat - reported in
French media to be Abaaoud's cousin - died during the
raid after activating a suicide vest. The prosecutor's
office said it was still unclear whether Abaaoud had
blown himself up or not. Mr Cazeneuve told reporters
that a non-EU state had alerted France on Monday that
Abaaoud had been in Greece. "Everyone must understand it
is urgent that Europe wakes up, organises itself and
defends itself against the terrorist threat," he said.
says that all 129 victims of the Friday November 13,
2015 attack have been identified. One of them Asta
"French authorities today announced
that all of the 129 people killed in Friday's terrorist
attacks in Paris have been identified. In a statement,
released after Wednesday's government cabinet meeting,
authorities said around 100 families have come to see
and identify the bodies of their loved ones who were
killed in the attack.
The list of dead shows that people of
all ages and religions were targeted in the attack,
although the young people of Paris were hit particularly