In a daring terror strike, gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars, and a concert hall, at various locations around Paris, killing over 150 people, in what, a shaken President Francois Hollande, described as an unprecedented terrorist attack. The President himself had a narrow escape as he was inside the stadium when explosion took place outside. It was on a night when thousands of Parisians, along with a number of tourists were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany.
The ruthless attackers shot at the crowds whilst shouting “Allah hu akbar”. Black-clad gunmen, wielding AK-47s, stormed into the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris, and fired calmly and methodically at hundreds of screaming concert-goers.
A total of eight terrorists were killed in the attacks, a source close to the investigation said. Four of the attackers were killed in the Bataclan concert hall, three by activating their suicide vests and one shot by police. Three more died near the national stadium and a fourth was killed in a street in eastern Paris.
Bataclan, which lies just 200 metres from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, that was targeted in January. “There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee,” said Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter who attended the concert, and hid with several others, at the venue.
“They had 20 hostages, and we could hear them talking with them,” said Janaszak.
In the north of the city, at least five people were killed in three explosions near the Stade de France national stadium where France were playing Germany in an international football match, security sources said. One of the explosions was caused by a suicide bomber, police and witnesses said.
It was unclear who was behind the attacks. However, reports stated that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility, hours after the militant group’s Jihadi John was killed in an US-led air strike in Syria.