Paris Attacks: A comprehensive report on the biggest terror attack in France!
The night of 11/13 has gone down in history as one of the Blackest Nights, for the country of France. The Capital City of Paris saw the worst terrorist attack last night, when eight terrorists attacked the city at different locations, carrying out suicide bombings and mass shootings. There were seven attacks in which 128 people have died so far, with 200 reported to be injured and 80 of them being in a critical condition. Public places such as restaurants, concert hall and the national stadium were the main targets of the terrorists. The President of France, Francois Hollande had declared a national state of emergency soon after the attacks, which was been done for the first time after the end of the World War II. The whole world is strongly condemning the Paris attacks and praying for the people of Paris and France.
1 The bloody dark night of 11/13
The whole city was about to enter into a relaxing and peaceful weekend, when the attacks devastated the city. Five deadly attacks were carried out in the 10th and 11th arrondissements of the city and the sixth occurred near Stade de France, where the French President was watching a friendly international match between France and Germany. Another attack took place in a Shopping Centre in the central part of Paris.
The worst strike took place in the Bataclan Concert Hall, where almost 118 people died when the assailants indiscriminately fired with their AK-47s at a crowd of 1,500 people who had come to the concert hall to watch the US rock band, ‘Eagles of Death Band.’ One of the survivors said that at first they thought it was part of the performance, but soon realized it was not.
2 How the events unfolded?
Starting from 21:20, seven different attacks rocked the city. Here is the timeline of where and at what time did the attacks happen-
- 21:20– The first explosion took place near the Stade de France
- 21:25– Shooting in the Rue Bichard area
- 21:29-Shooting at Avenue de la Republique
- 21:30– The second explosion took place near the Stade de France
- 21:38– Shooting at Rue de Charonne
- 21:43– Explosion at 253 Bolevard Voltaire
- 21:49– Mass shooting at the Bataclan Concert Hall, after which one of the terrorists exploded himself near the Concert Hall.
- 21:53– 3rd explosion near Stade de France
- 22:00– Shooting at Boulevard Beaumarchais
This timeline was created by French Journalist Agnes Poirier, who took help from the French Police to get this data.
3 Who were the perpetrators?
The Islamic State has claimed the responsibility of the attacks. They said in an official statement that France is their “top target”. The official statement mentions that the locations of the attacks were carefully studied and the attacks were then carried out by attackers with suicide belts and machine guns. The statement also said the attack were “first of the storm”. One of them has been identified as a French extremist. Seven of them detonated their suicide belts and the last attacker was killed by the police.
4 President’s Words
The President, who was in the Stade de France at the time of the attacks, was quickly and safely taken out from there after which he called for a special meeting and addressed the nation. He declared a state of national emergency and expressed that the attacks were horrific, in his address to the nation.
He also said in a statement that the attack was carried out by the Islamic state and it was an “act of war”. He said that the attack was planned and coordinated from abroad and the perpetrators of this “cowardly” act got internal assistance too.
He has vowed to “mercilessly” fight against terrorism and said, ‘Even if France is wounded, she will rise’. Take a look at what the French President said to his country and the world after the attacks in this video.
5 What did the eyewitnesses say?
A survivor from the Bataclan Concert Hall, Julien Pierce, a journalist from Europe 1 radio, reported on the website of the station saying, “Several armed men came into the concert. Two or three men, not wearing masks, came in with what looked like Kalashnikovs and fired blindly on the crowd.” He said there were bodies everywhere after the siege ended which must have lasted for about 10-15 minutes. He added that it was all extremely violent as the attackers reloaded at least three times, and went on shooting.
Another eyewitness from the Concert hall said that the terrorists said that they were doing all of this for Syria.
An eyewitness named Pierre Montfort, living near Petit Cambodge, one of the restaurants from the several that were targeted, said, “We heard gunfire, 30 seconds of fire, it was interminable, we thought it was fireworks.”
6 Aftermath of the attacks
A state of national emergency has been declared in France and the borders have been sealed. The country will observe three days of mourning. The authorities have urged people to stay in their homes, as curfew has been imposed in many areas. The police forces are being helped by 1500 soldiers in guarding the city.
Security measures have also been taken by other countries. Belgium has tightened security at its border with France and has been checking up all vehicles coming from France. USA too, has taken security measures especially at sites where large crowds are expected to assemble, such as concert halls, stadiums, and the French Embassy.
7 Reaction from the World Leaders
The world is supporting France in its darkest hour today and many World Leaders have expressed condolences and shock at the Paris attacks.
US President Barack Obama said, “It’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share”. He also said that the fight against terrorism will continue.
British Prime Minister David Cameroon tweeted, “I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”
Leaders from China, Iran, India, Canada, Australia, Germany and Israel have also expressed shock and many of them have said that they along with France and the international community will fight against such barbaric acts of violence.
8 The world stands with France
The world has been supporting France after the Paris attacks. People are praying and are showing their support to French nationals through social media.
Facebook has started a service (Facebook Safety Check, Paris Terror Attacks) to help people find out if their friends and family in Paris are safe, or mark them as safe if they already know about their safety status. Here is the link, if you want to know about any of your loved ones-
Various countries had lit up their landmark sites in the colors of the National Flag of France, in order to show unity and solidarity. In New York, the spire of one World Trade Center, in Toronto, the CN Tower, in Australia, The Opera House, in London, the Wembley Stadium Arch, were all lit up in red, white and blue, the night after the attacks.
The Paris attacks have definitely shook the world, but such attacks make the resolve to fight against terrorism even stronger.
This world needs peace, not hatred!