By Clay Dubberly, Editor-In-Chief
- Upwards of 130 reported dead after terrorists attack Paris, some reports beyond 150
- ISIS claims responsibility for attacks
- President Obama promises full support of U.S.
- French President Hollande declares war on Islamic State, city in lockdown
- Over 200 injured
- At least eight militants killed, arrests made in Brussels
- Over 1,500 military deployed to Paris
- American student Nohemi Gonzalez of Cal State Long Beach among those killed
In the deadliest attack on France since WWII, Paris broke into chaos and mayhem as what appeared to be coordinated attacks erupted throughout the city. The Islamic State (IS) has since claimed responsibility for the attacks, and French President Francois Hollande has declared war against IS.
The New York Times reported that at least six areas in Paris were targeted during the attacks: Rue de la Fontaine, Boulevard Beaumarchais, a restaurant, a concert venue, and a stadium. Militants used automatic weapons and sprayed bullets into crowds, hurled grenades into buildings, and at one point at least 100 people were taken hostage.
In the video posted to Vine below, a bomb can be heard going off in the background of a soccer match.
“As I speak, terrorist attacks of an unprecedented scale are taking place in the Paris region. There are several dozen dead, lots more wounded. It’s horrific,” President Francois Hollande said in a televised speech.
A video posted to the Facebook of the NYT shows the whole speech:
President Hollande ordered the borders to be secured as soon as the attack began, and has since declared war against the Islamic State. “What happened yesterday was an act of war,’’ Hollande said. “And faced with war a country must make the appropriate decisions.
President Obama spoke of the matter in the White House briefing room, saying: “Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”
The Bataclan, a popular Parisian music hall, is where one of the main attacks took place. The American Band, Eagles of Death Metal, was one of the bands performing Friday night. French news outlets reports that as many as 100 hostages were taken here and some were tragically executed.
One witness quoted by BFM television said that he heard someone shout “Allahu akbar!” as he fired rounds from an automatic weapon.
Air traffic to and from France is surprisingly not being restricted in light of the attacks, and officials at Charles de Gaulle Airport say that while flights are not being cancelled, security is being heightened.
The attack on Paris Friday night, Nov. 13. is reminiscent of the Charlie Hebdo attacks which also occurred in tragedy-stricken Paris last year.
One French resident near the scene of the attack, who chose not to be named, said that she was unaware of the attacks until she heard the trampling of feet and looked outside to see French troops running past the restaurant she was in and says she heard the sirens of ambulances as they blared by. She described the experience afterward:
“We’re listening to the news, and people are dying on the street.”
Although President Hollande has declared a state of emergency in France, many French people stand in strength and solidarity. As football fans left the stadium, they sung the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” https://twitter.com/theawayfans/status/665327666132877312
Other French students gathered in Union Square and held a vigil for the victims of the attack. Brien Ries, an editor for the news site Mashable posted a video to Twitter of the students singing the French national anthem as well.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing situation. Updates and edits will be incorporated into the article as more information is revealed. For live updates of the attack, follow AFP on Twitter or refer to the NYT’s article with live updates.