ISIS is claiming responsibility for the deadliest attack on European soil since the 2004 train bombings in Madrid 11 years ago.
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: A man leaves floral tributes at the main entrance of Le Carillon restaurant on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. A gunman opened fire within the crowded bar, then crossed the road and began targeting diners at a neighboring restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge. At least 12 people were left dead at this location. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
- 129 confirmed deaths, mostly from the shootings at the Bataclan, a concert venue at which Eagles of Death Metal was performing
- Over 350 wounded, with 99 in critical condition at hospitals across the city
- This was deemed the worst terrorist attack in Europe since the 2004 bombings aboard trains in Madrid, which killed 191 people
- After the shooting attacksat the Bataclan, the attackers took more than 100 people hostage, according to police on the ground before they were able to end the situation
- The attacks occurred at separate locations throughout the city: the Stade de France, during a soccer game between France and Germany, the Bataclan, as well as Rue Bichat and Rue de Charonne, two streets near the concert venue and also close to Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters
- 8 attackers are confirmed dead: 7 of whom were suicide bombers, the 8th was shot by police; the French authorities believe all involved have been killed
- The French President Francois Hollande stated that ISIS was responsible for the attacks, calling it an “act of war,” though it is still unclear what evidence pointed to ISIS’ complicity
- Hollande declared a state of emergency across the country
- ISIS released a statement claiming responsibility
- Several media outlets are reporting that a Syrian passport belonging to a refugee who passed through Greece was found near the body of one of the attackers, though it is unclear if the passport belonged to the gunman
- The Guardian reports 3 of the attackers were allegedly from Belgium, and another from France
It remains unclear what the United States’ response will be to these terrorist attacks. The New York Times reports Hollande said he will “unforgiving” and that France will act within the law with “all the necessary means, and on all terrains, inside and outside, in coordination with our allies, who are, themselves, targeted by this terrorist threat.” Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel also made a statement, calling for all European countries to stand together: “Together with you, we will fight against those who have carried out such an unfathomable act against you.”
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