This is the first time the city has been on lock-down since WWII. That says a lot. How much more of this are we going to take?
A series of coordinated terror attacks in the heart of Paris have left as many as 142 dead and paralysed the French capital with fear.
French police arrested one man who claimed to have been recruited by ISIS alongside three other extremists, it has been reported.
Around 112 were massacred at the Bataclan concert hall alone, where terrorists were holding around 100 people hostage, and another 11 at a restaurant shootout yesterday evening.
Police raided the theatre at around midnight, killed the three terrorists inside and freed the remaining hostages. Four policeman were killed in the operation.
Just five miles away, two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France sports stadium where the French football team was playing a friendly match against Germany. Five terrorists have been killed in the night of chaos in Paris.
French President Francoise Hollande declared a national state of emergency following what he called ‘unprecedented terror attacks’, shut its borders and deployed 1,500 extra troops to the capital.
Terrorists launched a total of six coordinated attacks at high profile sites across Paris:
- Two suicide bomb attacks at a bar near the Stade de France led to President Hollande being evacuated from the stadium. He has since declared a national state of emergency.
- Two terrorists with AK47s burst into the Bataclan concert hall, where rock band Eagles of Death Metal were performing. They sprayed bullets and threw grenades into thousands of people before they started slaughtering people one by one.
- There was a shootout inside a restaurant on Rue Bichat, on Paris’ 10th arrondissement, at around 9pm. At least 11 people were killed in the melee.
- Gunfire and bomb blasts have also been reported at the Louvre art gallery, the Pompidou Centre and Les Halles shopping centre.
Witnesses have been telling of the horror which unfolded inside the Bataclan theatre, where AK47 wielding terrorists shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ as they burst in and opened fire into a crowd of thousands.
‘It looked like a battlefield, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere,’ Marc Coupris, 57, told the Guardian.
He added: ‘I was at the far side of the hall when shooting began. There seemed to be at least two gunmen. They shot from the balcony.’
They shot at ‘very young’ people in the violent attack which lasted around 15 minutes, said Julien Pearce, a journalist at Europe 1. The gunmen, who witnesses have described as young men in theirs 20s, reloaded three or four times as they gunned down innocent people at random.
‘Three men with Kalashnikovs and wearing flak jackets burst in in the middle of the concert,’ another man, a man named Hervé, told the Telegraph after escaping through an emergency exit.
He said the men were not wearing masks, adding: ‘They just started spraying bullets. I saw a girl hit right in front of me. There must have been quite a few dead.’
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