Terror attacks in Paris kill atleast 153
- Atleast 153 people were killed in coordinated terror attacks across the French capital, Paris.
- The attackers were reportedly carrying AK-47s and wore vests strapped with bombs.
- 8 attackers have been killed so far - one was shot dead by the police, while the other seven blew themselves up.
- World leaders have unanimously condemned the attacks and extended their sympathies and support to France.
Attacks across six sites in Paris
- People were shot dead at bars and restaurants across Paris. The sites of these attacks were the La Carillon bar, Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, La Belle Equipe, and the La Casa Nostra restaurant.
- Gunmen opened fire on concert-goers and took hostages in the 1500-seat Bataclan concert hall.
- There were explosions outside the Stade de France as France played Germany in a friendly football match.
Casualties as per French reports
- According to French officials, at least 112 people were killed in the Bataclan concert hall.
- 14 were killed at the La Petit Cambodge restaurant on Rue Bichat, while 19 died on the Rue de Charonne outside the La Belle Equipe bar.
- 4 were killed on the Avenue de la Republique, while 4 others died outside the Stade de France.
- Reports are still coming in.
Hollande declares 'state of emergency' in France
- French President Fracois Hollande was in the Stade de France with 80,000 people when the attacks took place.
- Soon after, Hollande announced that a "state of emergency will be declared and the borders will be closed."
- 1500 military personnel were deployed in Paris, and people have been advised to stay indoors.
- Hollande called for the citizens of France "to show unity and cold blood."
Second-ever emergency declared in France after WWII
France entered into a "state of emergency" for the second time since WWII, after terror attacks shook Paris. The last emergency was declared in November 2005, when the death of two immigrant teenagers sparked nation-wide riots.
ISIS claim responsibility for the Paris attacks
- ISIS issued a statement in French, Arabic and audio formats via its established communication channels claiming responsibility for the Paris attacks.
- Meanwhile, ISIS supporters across Twitter hailed the attacks with the hashtag "ParisIsBurning", claiming that London, Rome and Washington DC were next.
- Egyptian and Syrian passports were found on the Stade de France attackers, and one of the Bataclan attackers was a French extremist.
The official ISIS statement
The official ISIS statement claiming responsibility for the attacks read "eight brothers wearing explosive vests and assault rifles targeted carefully chosen locations in the heart of the French capital" and called Paris the "capital of abomination and perversion".
Manhunt for primary suspect for the Paris attacks
- A huge search is under way for the remaining members and helpers of the Islamist group which killed more than 125 people in Paris on 13 November night.
- Police have identified Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam as their primary suspect.
- He had been detained by officers in the wake of the attacks but was later let go.
- French aircraft also attacked the ISIS stronghold in Syria.
Police on offensive to capture Paris attack perpetrators
- Police officials raided an apartment in the north Paris suburb of Saint-Denis in the wake of Paris attacks.
- During the operation a woman also blew herself up with a suicide belt, the prosecutor said.
- Some reports also claimed that two suspects were killed while 5 people were arrested.
- The raids were to capture another key suspect Abdelhamid Abaaoud; however, his presence couldn't be confirmed.
Paris attack primary suspect killed in raid
- The French authorities announced that the key Belgian militant presumed of orchestrating the Paris terrorist attacks- Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in the St. Denis police raid in the northern Paris suburb on 18 November.
- Paris prosecutor, François Molins gave the confirmation of Abaaoud's death after fingerprint analysis had been conducted.
- However, it could not be ascertained if he had blown himself up.
Air-strikes kill ISIS leader linked to Paris attacks
- Col. Steve Warren the spokesman for the US led coalition against ISIS stated that air-strikes killed multiple ISIS leaders over the last few weeks, including Charaffe al Mouadan, closely linked to the ringleader of the Paris attacks.
- He said the targets included 10 senior ISIS leaders "including several external attack planners," with designs on attacking western targets.
- Mouadan was killed on December 24.
France marks first anniversary of Paris attacks
- Today, France marks one year to the day since terrorists affiliated to the Islamic State group killed 130 people in Paris.
- The French President Francois Hollande will unveil memorials for the victims at the six sites that were targeted in the co-ordinated attacks last year.
- In the year since the Paris attacks the security and counter-terrorism establishment in Europe has been upgraded drastically.
French IS suspect named as Paris attack mastermind
- A veteran of the French Foreign Legion has been named by authorities as the mastermind of the deadly Paris and Brussels attacks.
- Abdelilah Himich, also known as Abu Suleiman Al-Faransi, has been added to the US State Department list of "specially designated global terrorists."
- Authorities said he was responsible for forming a "European foreign terrorist fighter cell."