ISIS-affiliated twitter accounts are claiming the attack was orchestrated by them, but no direct evidence has been released to confirm this.
French president François Hollande has closed the borders and declared a state of emergency. This is the first time borders have been sealed since 1945. Possibly official marshal law will be announced soon.
No doubt more information will be released as this story develops.
Source - Heavy
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Authorities in Paris have reported multiple shootings and explosions at at least six locations in the French capital, including Petit Cambodge Restaurant and Stade de France. Paris police also report that an attack at the Bataclan concert hall where the American band the Eagles of Death Metal was performing has at least 100 hostages.
Latest reports have at least 60 people dead. “Grenades were reportedly thrown at a stadium in the north of the French capital where a football match between France and Germany was being held, witnesses said” to the The Telegraph. The BBC reports that one man opened fire on Petit Cambodge Restaurant, a Cambodian restaurant in Paris’ 11th district, with a Kalashnikov, a kind of automatic rifle. Hostages may have also been taken from the Bataclan concert hall.#BREAKING: The shooting occurred in the #Bataclan concert hall in the 10th arrondissement, #Paris pic.twitter.com/jLDa6VA5Ay— Anthony Segaert (@anthonysegaert) November 13, 2015
UPDATE: At least 18 killed in deadly French shooting, explosion https://t.co/YOstk28avG pic.twitter.com/02EslGl1AQ— The WorldPost (@TheWorldPost) November 13, 2015
But is the Islamic State the perpetrator of the attacks?
As of now, no official statement has been released by ISIS. We will update this as more information becomes available. However, ISIS affiliated accounts on Twitter are reportedly claiming the attacks for the Islamic State. They are using the hashtag “Paris on Fire” in Arabic to celebrate the attacks, the same hashtag ISIS used to celebrate the Charlie Hebdo terror attack. However, French citizens and others voicing their sympathy for Parisians have tried to take over the hashtag with patriotic memes.
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Tim Ramadan, reporter for Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, states that further hashtags under “Paris on Fire” also include “London on Fire”, “Rome on Fire”, and “Washington on Fire.”
However, newer reports state that it could have been Al Qaeda, which is also at war with ISIS.The #ISIS are saying under the hashtag #باريس_تشتعل Rome, London and Washington are as follows. #ParisAttacks #Paris #Solidarity #France— Tim Ramadan (@tim_ramadan) November 13, 2015
While others on Twitter are calling the attacks a “retaliation” by ISIS.US counter terrorism official said #paris attacks look like al qaeda or al qaeda affiliate (aqap) because of coordination involved— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) November 13, 2015
Within the past two days, ISIS has had two major losses. Yesterday, reports came in that a drone strike conducted by the United States killed Mohammed Emwazi, otherwise known as “Jihadi John.” Jihadi John carried out the execution videos of Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning and Abdul-Rhaman Kassig, known also as a Peter Kassig.sounds like a retaliation of ISIS...how would they be that mobile to get into Paris with all those weapons??? https://t.co/xehpILgEml— FoyAnn Homan Plohr (@Foyann) November 13, 2015
Earlier Friday, reports came in that United States supported Kurds retook Sinjar, Iraq. According to CNN, reclaiming Sinjar was “one big step toward dividing the ‘caliphate’ that ISIS claims it is establishing across the region. The artery that passes through the town — Route No. 47 — links the Iraqi city of Mosul — ISIS’ prized possession — with cities it holds in Syria.”
ISIS also responded to both of these defeats with a suicide bombing in Beirut, Lebanon allegedly carried out by Islamic State militants that killed 43 people, reports CNN.
To read more about the latest attacks in Paris, click here. In response to the attack, French President François Hollande has closed the country’s borders.
BREAKING: French President Hollande declares state of emergency; orders borders closed.— ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2015
Source - USA Today
Dozens of people were reported dead Friday night following several separate terror attacks in and around Paris. AP Paris Correspondent Angela Charlton re-caps the latest from the ground. (Nov. 13)AP
French president Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed all borders late Friday after terrorist gunmen opened fire at multiple locations in central Paris, killing dozens of people and taking almost 100 hostage at a rock concert.
Terrorists also set off explosives at the Stade de France, the national stadium, where Germany and France were holding a friendly soccer match.
Late Friday, hours after the initial assaults, explosions and automatic gunfire erupted outside the Bataclan concert hall as French security forces reportedly stormed the building to attempt to free the hostages, the AFP news agency reports. Scores of ambulances were brought to the scene scene, suggesting many victims inside, the BBC reports.
"Terrorist attacks of unprecedented scale are underway," Hollande said in a national TV address. "There have been dozens of deaths, there are many injured, it's a horror." The French president, who had been at the stadium, called the attacks a "a terrible trauma" for France.
The attacks comes 11 months after brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi stormed the Paris offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store, killing 12 people. Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch took credit for that attack, which shocked the French city. "Once again we are under attack," he said.
Hollande said the French military was being deployed around Paris after the unprecedented attacks. He added, without elaborating, that security forces were assaulting one of the sites hit by Friday’s attacks.
"The terrorists want to scare us and instill fear," he said. "There are reasons to be afraid, but the nation knows how to defend itself and mobilize its forces and how to defeat the terrorists."
The death toll ranged as high as 60 in the French media. The Associated Press quoted police as saying 35 were killed in the attacks.
In Washington, President Obama called the assaults an "attack on all humanity and the universal values we all share." He called it "a heartbreaking situation."
Obama says he does not want to speculate about who may be responsible for Paris attacks.No group took immediately responsibility for the attacks.
According to the Associated Press, a police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and about more than a dozen killed in the Bataclan theatre, where a hostage-taking is under way.
The California rock group Eagles of Death Metal were playing at the time. One or possibly two people came into the concert hall and began shooting, BFM TV reports. Witnesses said the gun at the Paris concert hall shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and fired into the crowd, multiple media outlets reported.
|A police officer stands guard on a street near the scene of a shooting in Paris, France. Yoan Valat, European Pressphoto Agency|
The initial shootings occurred outside the restaurant Le Petit Cambodia and the bar Le Carillon.
Emilioi Macchio, from Ravenna, Italy, was at the Carillon bar near the restaurant that was targeted, having a beer on the sidewalk, when the shooting started. He said he didn’t see any gunmen or victims, but hid behind a corner, then ran away. “It sounded like fireworks,” he said.
"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 tells Reuters.
Witness Ben Grant told the BBC he and his wife were in a bar when he heard gunshots.
“There are a lot of dead people. It’s pretty horrific to be honest ... The pile of bodies in front was too much for my wife to walk over." Police finally came and got everyone out. There appeared to be at least seven dead, he said.
Vincent Berthezene, a production assistant for France2 TV tweeted that shots from aKalashnikov were fired from a car. "Bodies are on the ground," he writes.
A few minutes later, gunfire broke out near the Bataclan Boulevard Voltaire, southeast of the initial incident, as hostages were taken at the Bataclan concert hall.
The stadium incident began with an explosions during the friendly match, with hundreds of people spilling onto the field. At least one of the explosions at the Stade de France was caused by a suicide bomber, according to AFP.
After the match, a stadium announcer over the loudspeaker told fans to avoid certain exits “due to events outside,” without elaborating. The announcement at first prompted some panic, but then the crowds just walked dazed, hugging each other and looking at their phones for the latest news of the violence.
Many appeared hesitant to leave amid the uncertainty after France’s deadliest attacks in decades.
Fusillade paris pic.twitter.com/APtH7Zx5b4— petemystrong (@pierre75010) November 13, 2015
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