PARIS (France) 13th November, 2015 Friday : At least 160 people lost their lives including children and scores others injured following multiple explosions and shootings that took place almost simultaneously in different parts of Paris on Friday night. The attacks in Paris are being dubbed as deadliest since World War II.
According to AFP, at least 100 people were killed at packed Bataclan concert hall where, police said, three attackers blew themselves up. A metal band from California, US was performing at the concert hall when the attackers struck at the venue. Later, French president François Hollande visited the attacked concert hall and while speaking to media persons said France is going to fight the terrorists. “France will be merciless in its fight against terrorists,” he said. Describing the attacks as barbaric, he said the French nation will continue to stand united and firm against the terrorists. Earlier, a series of powerful blasts were heard in the city and two of them occurred near a stadium where a football match between France and Germany was being played. French president François Hollande in his brief media talk termed the attacks in Paris most significant and declared state of emergency across the country.
Hollande announced to seal French borders in a bid to stop the attackers from fleeing and called for military reinforcements to bring the situation under control. French police said the attackers executed two suicide attacks and one explosion through a bomb. Three people were killed in an explosion outside the Stade de France north of the capital, police said, during a match between Germany and France. Spectators flooded the pitch as news of the attacks spread. Organisers started evacuating the stadium by three doors. Another attack was reported at the Petit Cambodge restaurant, not far from the Bataclan venue.Stunned onlookers had begun to emerge from nearby bars, while many others continued to eat their meals in restaurants, apparently unaware of the carnage that had taken place only a few metres away.
President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that a crisis cell had been set up. President Barack Obama Paris attacks are attacks on humanity US President Barack Obama in his media briefing termed the attacks on French people as ‘attacks on humanity, and universal values that we share’. However, he said those values will endure far beyond these attacks. “We stand prepared to provide whatever assistance French people need,” said Obama. “This is a heart breaking situation ….we have been in contact with French officials to convey our condolences,” said Obama. He said French people have been an extraordinary counter-terrorism partner of the US.
British PM Cameron pledges help
British Prime Minister David Cameron expressing ‘shock’ over the Paris attacks said his country will do whatever it can to extend help to France.”I am shocked by events in Paris tonight,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”