120 Killed As Terrorist Attacks Rock France

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France President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency in the country as they struggle to deal with waves of terror attack that hit the country Friday night.

The attackers hit multiple venues in the capital of Paris, most notably the Bataclan concert hall where a performance was ongoing. Other venues attacked included the Stade de France, where Germany was playing France in a friendly attended by President Hollande, and restaurants dotted across the city.

Attackers used a combination of gun firings and suicide bombings to take down their targets- with about 120 people believed dead at this time, with many more injured.

The BBC reports

The attack on the 1,500-seat Bataclan hall was by far the deadliest of Friday night’s attacks. Gunmen opened fire on concert-goers watching US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. The event had been sold out.

“At first we thought it was part of the show but we quickly understood,” Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter, told Agence France Presse.

“They didn’t stop firing. There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee.”

He said the gunmen took 20 hostages, and he heard one of them tell their captives: “It’s the fault of Hollande, it’s the fault of your president, he should not have intervened in Syria”.

Within an hour, security forces had stormed the concert hall and all four attackers there were dead. Three had blown themselves up and a fourth was shot dead by police.

Meanwhile, not far from the Place de la Republique and the Place de la Bastille, three busy restaurants and a bar were targeted by gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs.

Around 40 people were killed as customers were singled out at venues including a pizza restaurant and a Cambodian restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge.

Meanwhile, not far from the Place de la Republique and the Place de la Bastille, three busy restaurants and a bar were targeted by gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs.

Around 40 people were killed as customers were singled out at venues including a pizza restaurant and a Cambodian restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge.

The other target was the Stade de France, on the northern fringe of Paris, where President Hollande and 80,000 other spectators were watching a friendly international between France and Germany, with a TV audience of millions more.

The president was whisked to safety after the first of at least two explosions just outside the venue to convene an emergency cabinet meeting. Three attackers were reportedly killed there.

Police believed all of the gunmen were dead – seven killed themselves with explosives vests and one was shot dead by the security forces – but it was unclear if any accomplices were still on the run.

 


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