France announced a national state of emergency and tightened its borders after 128 people were massacred in a night of bomb and gun attacks in Paris.
80 people were killed after gunmen forcefully entered into Bataclan concert hall and took captives before security forces stormed the hall.
People were killed at bars and restaurants at five other sites in the capital. Those injured stood at roughly 180.
These are Europe’s deadliest attacks since the Madrid bombings in 2004.
French President Francoise Hollande, clearly shaken, termed Friday night’s nearly concurrent attacks “a horror” and pledged to wage a “ruthless” fight against terrorism.
Paris saw 3 days of attacks in early Jan., when Islamist militants killed eighteen people after attacking satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a policewoman on patrol and a Jewish supermarket.
The attack on the Bataclan hall that can hold 1,500 people capacity was undoubtedly the deadliest of Friday night’s attack. Gunmen shot and killed concert-goers watching American rock group Eagles of Death Metal. The event had been sold out.
Within one hour, security forces had stormed the concert hall and all 4 gunmen there were dead. Three had blown themselves up and a fourth was killed by cops.
In the meantime, close to the Place de la Bastille and the Place de la Republique, a bar and 3 busy restaurants were targeted by attackers armed with AK47s.
The Stade de France was the next on target, where President Hollande and 800,000 other spectators were watching an international friendly between France and Germany, with a television audience of millions more.
After the first two explosions were heard just outside the venue, president Hollande was whisked away to convene an emergency cabinet meeting. Three gunmen were killed there.
As the scope of the bloodshed was clear, the president went on national television to broadcast a state of emergency for the first time in France since 2005. The decree allows the government bodies to close public areas and enforce curfews and constraint on the movement of people and traffic.
The city’s residents have been requested to stay indoors and roughly 1, 500 military personnel are being deployed across the Paris.
All markets, libraries, schools, swimming pools, gyms, and museums will be closed and also Disneyland Paris. All sporting fixtures in the affected section of Paris have likewise been suspended, sources said.
American President Barrack Obama spoke of “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians”.
British PM David Cameron stated he was shocked and vowed to do “whatever we can to help”.
The Vatican termed it as “an attack on peace for all humanity” and stated “a supportive, decisive response” was required “on the part of all of us we deal with the spread of homicidal hatred in all its forms”.
It is only ten months since Paris was the scene of several terrorist attack, first the killing of employees at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and then a Jewish supermarket hostage-taking.
What took place in Paris on Friday night is precisely what security services in Europe have long feared, and attempted to thwart. Concurrent, rolling attacks, with suicide bombers and automatic guns in the heart of a leading European city, aimed towards numerous, populated public areas.
The strategies have been made use of before, in Mumbai and in other places. However how they have come to Europe is one of the numerous questions, which must be answered.
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