Given the Symbolic date, the well-coordinated nature of the attacks (which appear to be a much larger scale rerun of the Charlie Hebdo events last year) and the fact that president Hollande already says he “knows who is responsible” upon declaring “Alpha Red” alert and closing the country’s borders (a bit too late for that now) and given his statement that “We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless” against the group responsible, the inevitable question arises: Was France just forced by a NATO black-op to provide the cannon-fodder-on-the-ground in Syria right as Russia is about to send her own “volunteer brigades” to that country? The headline at ‘Le Parisien’ probably says it all : “This time, it’s war”.
The Paris terror attacks were carried out in a coordinated assault across the French city on Friday, November, 13, 2015. At least five locations were targeted by gunmen and suicide bombers. Paris Police told CNN the attacks occurred at the following locations:
- Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris
- La Belle Equipe bar on Rue de Charonne in the 11th district
- Le Petit Cambodge restaurant on Rue Bichat in the 10th district
- Avenue de la Republique in the 10th district
- Bataclan theater on Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th district
A timeline of the attack is not entirely clear. The attacks are believed to have started with the suicide bombings outside the national soccer stadium at about 9:20 p.m. Paris time, where France was playing a game against Germany. Shootings were then reported at three locations in the 10th and 11 districts, near bars and restaurants. Then, gunmen stormed the Bataclan theater. After a hostage situation, police stormed the building, freeing hostages. All the gunmen inside were killed by about 11:40 p.m. Paris time.
Here is a map of where the attacks occurred. The locations where the terror attacks occurred are marked with black dots. Major landmarks are marked with gold stars, and the location of January’s Charlie Hebdo attack is marked with a red box:
Here are the details of how many were killed at each location, along with information about each attack:
1. At Least 112 Were Killed in Shootings at the Bataclan Theater
“Several armed men came into the concert. Two or three men, not wearing masks, came in with what looked like Kalashnikovs and fired blindly on the crowd,” Europe 1 journalist Julien Pierce told the BBC.
“It lasted between 10 and 15 minutes. It was extremely violent and there was panic. The attackers had enough time to reload at least three times. They were very young.”
Police say at least 112 people were killed inside the theater. The attackers were all either killed by police or detonated explosives to kill themselves as police closed in.
2. At Least 14 Were Killed at the Le Petit Cambodge Restaurant
Gunmen opened fire outside Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant.
“All of a sudden we heard huge gunshots and glass coming through the windows. We ducked with the other diners,” Charlotte Brehaut told CNN.
She said the shooting came from the street.
3. At Least 19 Died Outside the La Belle Equipe Bar
Another shooting occurred outside the La Belle Equipe bar in a popular area with many restaurants and bars.
The shooting again came from the street.
4. At Least 4 Were Killed on Avenue de la Republique
Gun shots were also fired on the Avenue de la Republique near the Place de la Republique square.
5. At Least 4 Died in Suicide Bombings Outside the National Soccer Stadium
Suicide bombers detonated outside the national soccer stadium just north of Paris, where the national team was playing a friendly game against Germany. The game continued after the explosions, but French President Hollande, who was in attendance, was escorted out of the stadium.
Has Anyone Claimed Responsibility?
No group has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks, but there is speculation that Islamic terrorists from either ISIS or Al Qaeda carried out the attacks.