Victims of Paris Attacks
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
The Paris police have stated that 129 people have died in shootings and explosions in and around Paris, France according to CNN. Many more have been wounded and the official number of deaths is expected to rise.
Six separate locations in Paris were attacked in a coordinated effort by terrorists on Friday night. Attackers used automatic weapons and wore explosive devices. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Eight of the terrorists who carried out the attacks have died, seven of them in suicide bombings. Investigations into further accomplices are ongoing.
Documented attacks took place at the following locations:
Bataclan concert hall, where U.S. band, "Eagles of Death Metal," were scheduled to perform. The majority of casualties occurred here as gunmen attacked the crowd. A hostage situation developed and police stormed the theater. The four gunmen present were killed.
Stade de France, a stadium where the French national team was playing Germany in a soccer match. Explosions were heard outside the stadium during the game, the result of suicide bombers detonating explosive devices at various points outside the stadium.
La Belle Equipe, a bar, where 19 people were killed by gunfire outside the establishment.
Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge, a neighboring café and restaurant, where at least 14 people were killed by gunfire.
Casa Nostra, a pizzeria, where a gunman reported killed at least four people.
In an address to the nation, French President Francois Hollande characterized the attacks as, "an act of war committed by a terrorist army."
Leaders from around the world, including U.S. President Barack Obama, voiced support for France, and especially the people of Paris.
"Those who think they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong," Obama said.
In the aftermath of the attacks many countries lit their famous landmarks in the colors of the French flag in a symbolic display of support.
These were the deadliest terrorist attacks in Europe since the train bombings in Madrid, Spain killed 191 in 2004. These latest attacks continue a string of violence in France this year. In January two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12. A day later an associate of the gunmen attacked a Jewish supermarket, killing five, including a policewoman. All three gunmen were killed in separate shootouts with police.
These previous attacks precipitated an outpouring of sympathy from fellow French citizens as well as the international community. English speakers tweeted #iamcharliehebdo in support of the victims.
As the scope of these latest attacks comes to light, Parisians will again need the sympathy and support of the world to deal with profound grief.
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