Terrorist Attacks in Paris – COBRA Meeting Today
A major terrorist attack took place in Paris yesterday. With figures still yet to be formalised, it appears 120 – 140 people have been killed, and 100 injured. These were co-ordinated attacks across the French capital – mostly in restaurants and bars. Altogether 6 places were attacked, with the biggest attack taking place at the Bataclan concert hall, where a concert by US group Eagles of Death Metal was taking place.
It appears to be unanimous in witness statements that the murderers were shouting the Muslim slogan ‘Allahu Akbar!” (Allah is greater) when they were launching their attacks.
One of the audience from the music concert was Benjamin Cazenoves, who was inside the concert hall crouched down. He managed to send out a message on Facebook saying:
“I am still in the Bataclan. First floor. People with serious injuries. They have to storm the building quickly! They are killing everyone. One by one. First floor, quick!”
Three more suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France national football stadium where France were playing Germany. The BBC has footage from the game in which the sound of an explosion can be made.
An eyewitness has given a description of an attack in Rue de La Fointaine au Roi in the 11th arrondissement:
“He was standing in a shooting position. He had his right leg forward and he was standing with his left leg back. He was holding up to his left shoulder a long automatic machinegun – I saw it had a magazine beneath it.”
“It was fully intentional, professional bursts of three or four shots.
He was later told by police that this attacker had not been caught. Indeed, authorities have since stated that many of the accomplices of the attackers remain at large.
The general mode of attack was for the terrorists to throw grenades, fire AK-47 rifles, and then blow themselves up.
Of the known 8 attackers, 7 died in suicide bombings. It is believed one was shot dead during the Bataclan siege when French police stormed the concert hall.
No Islamic terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility.
David Cameron has sent out messages on Twitter:
I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 13, 2015
I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 13, 2015
President Obama has made a statement calling it “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share”.
He added: “Those who think they can terrorise France or their values are wrong. Liberté, égalité and fraternité are values that we share, and they are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism.”