Paris Terror Attacks Shock the world
By jaspreet Khera, Junior Writer
On the evening of November 13th, a devastating tragedy occurred in Paris, France in which a series of coordinated terrorist attacks, which ISIS claimed responsibility for, consisting of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and hostage-takings killed 129 innocent people. These attacks were the deadliest France had experienced since World War II and specifically occurred in Saint-Denis, the northern suburb of Paris. A total of 352 were injured, 99 of which were critically injured.
Three teams of terrorists coordinated six distinct attacks throughout Paris late on that deadly Friday: three suicide bombings in one attack, a fourth suicide bombing in another attack, and shootings at four locations in four separate attacks. Three explosions occurred near a national sports stadium, the Stade de France during a soccer match against France and Germany, where President François Hollande was attending. This attack resulted in four deaths, including the deaths of the three suicide bombers.
The first shooting occurred at 9:25 p.m. on the rue Bichat and the rue Alibert. Attackers shot at people outside Le Carillon, a café and bar, before crossing the rue Bichat and shooting people dining at the restaurant Le Petit Cambodge. According to La Monde, 15 people were killed at these locations and 10 were critically injured.
At 9:32 p.m., a man with a machine gun fired shots outside Café Bonne Bière on the Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi. The Paris prosecutor said five people were killed and eight were injured.
Around 9:36 p.m., two gunmen fired shots at the outdoor terrace of the restaurant La Belle Équipe on the rue de Charonne, before returning to their car and driving away. Nineteen people were killed and nine were in critical condition. At about 9:40, on the boulevard Voltaire a man sat down in the Comptoir Voltaire café and detonated his suicide vest, killing himself and injuring fifteen people, one of them seriously.
At approximately 9:45, a mass shooting and hostage-taking occurred at the Bataclan theatre on Voltaire Boulevard. An American band was playing to an audience of about 1,500 people. After an hour into the concert, three men with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades entered the hall. The attack lasted 20 minutes.
Around 10:00, the attackers took 60–100 concertgoers hostage as police gathered outside the venue.There were further attacks on first responders and the police as they arrived at the scene. This attack was the deadliest of the six with 89 people killed. Two of the attackers died by detonating their suicide vests. The last shooter’s vest blew up after falling from police gunfire.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a radical jihadist of Belgian and Moroccan origin, was the mastermind behind the Paris Attacks. He recruited an extensive network of accomplices, including Ibrahim Abdeslam and Salah Abdeslam, who was the driver of the car containing a number of men involved in the events of the Paris attacks and the only one of those involved presumed to be still living and is still at large.
President François Hollande addressed the French people asking them to remain strong in the face of the attacks. France was put under a state of emergency, which lets authorities limit people’s movements, and 1,500 soldiers were called in to help maintain order in Paris. Paris nce and increased security checks for people arriving from France.
On 15 November, the French Air Force launched the biggest airstrike in its bombing campaign against ISIS, sending 10 aircrafts to drop 20 bombs on Raqqa, the city where ISIS is based, including a command center, recruitment center, ammunition storage base, and a training camp.
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