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At least 153 killed in multiple attacks across Paris; witnesses say attackers blamed French military action in Syria 100 said killed in Paris theater alone as attackers also tossed explosives at hostages; police say at least 5 terrorists killed, search for accomplices ongoing as French capital terrorized by attacks in 7 locales; France declares state of emergency
Paris attacker blames Hollande for terror assaults
One of the assailants in Paris Friday mentioned France’s intervention in Syria’s war to justify the attacks, says a witness who was at a concert venue where some 100 people were killed.
“I clearly heard them say ‘It’s the fault of [French President Francois] Hollande, it’s the fault of your president, he should not have intervened in Syria’. They also spoke about Iraq,” says Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter.
3 attackers at Paris theater blew themselves up during police raid
Four men who attacked a concert hall in Paris on Friday killing around 100 people were themselves killed when police stormed the building, including three who activated explosives belts, several sources say.
“Three of them blew themselves up and a fourth, who was also wearing a [suicide] belt, was hit by police fire and blew up as he fell,” one source said.
Border measures tightened as France in state of emergency
French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency on Friday after a series of coordinated attacks across Paris killed at least 140 people. He also indicated that France’s borders will be sealed, but later reports amended the measure to say that security at borders would be tightened.
Airports and train stations remain open but security checks will be tightened at all crossing-points.
Witness says 1 of the Paris attackers mentioned Syria intervention
An eyewitness to one of the terror attacks across Paris tonight said that one of the attackers mentioned French military action in Syria.
It is likely to be the attack at the Bataclan theater in central Paris where at least 100 people were killed while attending a music concert.
Two gunmen were also killed in a raid by French police.
Other eyewitnesses say attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire at concert-goers.
At least 5 terrorists killed, say French authorities
French authorities say five known terrorists have so far been killed, including one suicide bomber at the State de France and at least two at the Bataclan theater where at least 100 people were killed. There were 6 terror attacks across the French capital, in all.
It’s not clear that all the terrorists have been caught, authorities say according to France 24.
As we know it right now
Paris is a city under siege and in mourning as the death toll rises in a series of apparently coordinated attacks across the city Friday night. Officials report that more than 150 people are dead in the gruesome attacks. The AP reports that five attackers may also be dead.
Police early Saturday freed hostages at Paris concert venue Bataclan where more than 100 people have died. The attacks seemed to be planned to hit areas where many people would be gathered on a Friday night, officials said.
Security forces launched an assault on the Paris concert hall where the hostages have been taken. At least two of the attackers at the concert hall are dead.
The Paris police prefecture told residents to remain home and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.
Six shootings took place in Paris and three explosions took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV said.
Two or three gunmen entered the Bataclan concert hall while opening fire on law enforcement, BFMTV reported. A source earlier told CNN there were six to eight hostage takers, citing a person they were talking to inside the venue.
Attackers reportedly used AK-47 automatic weapons.
One of the explosions at the Stade de France outside Paris appears to be a suicide bombing, a Western intelligence source receiving direct intelligence from the scene told CNN’s Deb Feyerick.
A dismembered body, consistent with the aftermath of an explosion from that type of device, was found at the scene, the source said.
Traffic on several subway lines has been interrupted following the attacks, the Paris police prefecture reported.
At this hour, there is no credible or specific threat in the United States, according to a U.S. government official. The NYPD said there is no known threat against the city.
President Barack Obama calls Paris attacks ‘outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.’
French President Francois Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning borders will be closed. “We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great,” he said.
The Paris prefecture of police is instructing residents to stay home. The prefecture said via Twitter that people should stay inside “unless there’s an absolute necessity.”
French authorities have launched a terrorism investigation, Eric Pelletier, a reporter with Le Pariesien, tells CNN Paul Cruickshank. There has been no official claim of responsibility, though ISIS has applauded the attacks on Twitter, Cruickshank reports.
“This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share,” U.S. President Barack Obama said at the White House. He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
Counterterrorism officials around the United States have convened secure conference calls to try to gather information and to assess whether there is any indication of threats in the U.S, according to two U.S. counterterrorism officials. Immediate suspicion for the events in Paris falls to so-called returnees — people who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and have returned, the officials said.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.
Department of Homeland Security officials are in contact with their foreign counterparts
In early January of this year, two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding 11.
Said and Cherif Kouachi wanted to punish the magazine for the publication of cartoons that they believed mocked the Prophet Mohammed. The Kouachi brothers two days later were shot and killed in a standoff with police in Dammartin-en-Goele.
Amedy Coulibaly, an associate of Said and Cherif Kouachi, attacked a Jewish grocery store in Paris, taking more than a dozen people hostage and killing four. Coulibaly had killed a policewoman the day before, on January 8. Coulibaly was killed when police stormed the kosher market.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is “deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris. ” The German leader issued a statement saying her thoughts were with the victims “of the apparent terrorist attack.”
The Secretary-General of the NATO alliance says he is “deeply shocked by horrific Paris attacks.”
Jens Stoltenberg said in a Twitter message that “We stand together with the people of #France. Terrorism will never defeat democracy.”
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning “the despicable terrorist attacks” in Paris and is demanding the immediate release of numerous hostages being held in the Bataclan theatre.
Terrorist attacks in France since 2003
|Date||Type||Dead||Injured||Location and description|
|20 July 2003||Bombing||0||16|
Double attack against the regional directorates of customs and the treasury in Nice, claimed by the National Liberation Front of Corsica (FLNC).
|8 October 2004||Bombing||0||10|
Bomb attack against the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, claimed by the Front islamique français armé.
|1 December 2007||Shooting||2||0|
Killing of two members of the Spanish Civil Guard carrying out surveillance against ETA members in Capbreton, Landes.
|11-22 March 2012||Shooting||7||5||Toulouse and Montauban shootings, murdering three French paratroopers, a Jewish Rabbi and three Jewish schoolchildren (aged eight, six and three) carried out over a period of 11 days by Mohammed Merah.|
|23 May 2013||Stabbing||0||1|
2013 La Défense attack by an Islamist knifeman against a French soldier in the Paris suburb of La Défense.
|20 December 2014||Stabbing||0||3|
2014 Joué-lès-Tours attack. A man yelling "Allahu Akbar" attacked a police office with a knife. He was killed and 3 police officers were injured.
|21 December 2014||Vehicle ramming||0||11|
2014 Dijon attack. A man yelling "Allahu Akbar" ran over 11 pedestrians with his vehicle.
|22 December 2014||Vehicle ramming||1||10|
2014 Nantes attack. A man yelling "Allahu Akbar" ran over 10 pedestrians with his vehicle, killing one, then attempted suicide.
|7-9 January 2015||Shooting||20||22|
2015 Île-de-France attacks, a mass shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, carried out by Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, two Islamist gunmen who identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen. During this period, a third Islamist gunmen and close friend of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Coulibaly is responsible for two shootings and an hostage taking at a Hypercacher kosher market. He said he synchronized his attacks with the Kouachi brothers. Coulibaly had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
|3 February 2015||Stabbing||0||3|
3 military men, guarding a Jewish community center in Nice, are attacked by Moussa Coulibaly (not related to the January Coulibaly attacks).
|19 April 2015||Shooting||1||0|
Unsuccessful attack against 2 churches in Villejuif by an Algerian jihadist. He killed a woman probably when trying to steal her car but accidentally shot himself in the leg, putting an end to his plans.
|26 June 2015||Beheading||1||2|
Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack. An Islamist delivery driver probably linked to ISIS decapitated a man and rammed a company van into gas cylinders at the Air Products gas factory in an attempt to blow up the building.
|21 August 2015||Shooting and stabbing||0||4||2015 Thalys train attack. An attempted mass shooting occurred on a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. Four people were injured, including the assailant who was subdued by other passengers.|
|13 November 2015||Suicide bombings and shootings||158 est.||unknown|
November 2015 Paris attacks. The single deadliest terrorist attack in French history. Multiple shooting and grenade attacks occurred on a Friday night; among the locations targeted were a music venue, sports stadium and an ethnic restaurant. Dozens killed during a siege at an Eagles of Death Metalconcert inside the Bataclan. French president François Hollande evacuated from a football match between France and world champions Germany at the Stade de France, slated venue for the UEFA Euro 2016 Final, after suicide bombers struck.