Paris rocked by Islamic State terror attacks

14th Nov 2015
Paris rocked by Islamic State terror attacks

As many as 130 people have been killed in simultaneous terror attacks across Paris.

The near-simultaneous struck the city on Friday evening and have been described as an “act of war” by French president Francois Hollande.

Militant terror organisation Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, the targets of the attacks included bars, restaurants, a concert and a high-profile football match.

President Hollande has declared three days of national mourning in France.


He has raised the security threat level to its highest point and imposed a nationwide state of emergency.

In addition to the dead, the attacks wounded at least 180 people, 80 of whom are in a critical condition.

The attacks are the deadliest attacks in peacetime France.

It is only the fourth time since WWII that a state of emergency has been imposed across France.

The night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 local time.

A gunman is believed to have opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge.

At least 12 people were killed.

A few streets away, diners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, were also fired on, with the loss of at least five lives.

At around the same time, on the northern outskirts of Paris, 80,000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium about half an hour after kick-off.

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up at fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium.

An attack on the 1,500-seat Bataclan concert hall was the deadliest.

Gunmen opened fire on a sell-out gig by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal, killing at least 80 people.


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