Peace in Paris was shaken on November 14 when terrorists carried out a series of attacks in the city killing at least 150 people and injuring at least 200.
The attacks were carried out at multiple restaurants, outside the Stade de France and the Bataclan theatre & concert hall starting at around 9:15 GMT, Friday (2:45 AM IST, Saturday).
Two explosions were heard near Stade de France where a France-Germany friendly soccer match was being played with the French President Francois Hollande himself in attendance.
At least three terrorists laid a siege at Bataclan theatre while a concert was on killing over a 110.
It was here that most of the victims died. The terrorists blew themselves up. Bataclan is in the 11th district of Paris. they had also opened fire at the police when they tried to rescue hostages.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) November 14, 2015
Hundreds were gathered at the Bataclan to watch Eagles of Death Metal band perform. The band members escaped unhurt.
Most of the places attacked were in close proximity to each other.
“The terrorists, the murderers raked several cafe terraces with machine-gun fire before entering (the concert hall). There were many victims in terrible, atrocious conditions in several places,” police prefect Michel Cadot told reporters.
Of the eight attackers, seven were suicide bombers.
This was the deadliest violence in the city since the Second World War. A state of emergency has been declared in France and borders have been closed.
If other democracies followed France’s example, a major terror attack would result in a national state of emergency being declared promptly. — Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) November 14, 2015
Hollande announced that 1500 military personnel have been deployed all over Paris to prevent any other possible attack.
Paris is scheduled to hold the Global Climate Conference later this month.
No one took responsibility for the Paris attacks but witnesses told the media that they heard terrorists shouting “This is for Syria“.
In September this year, France launched its first airstrike against Islamic State in Syria.
Earlier yesterday, reports of the apparent death of ISIS terrorists Jihadi John started doing the rounds.
A US counter-terrorism official told CNN that the methodology and planning resembled tactics that have been used by terror groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS.
People on Twitter responded against the terror attacks calling for peace. This became its symbol:
Followed by others,
And world leaders expressed their shock.
News from Paris is anguishing & dreadful. Prayers with families of the deceased. We are united with people of France in this tragic hour. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2015
PM: 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.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) November 13, 2015
I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured in violent attacks in #Paris. Canada stands with France.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 13, 2015
Twitterati, too, overwhelmingly condemned the attacks.
Those who killed innocent people in Paris belong to no religion. They are cowards who have no maker. Only hate is their ancestry. — SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) November 14, 2015