Paris terrorist attacks: 128 dead, hundreds injured

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by NW Spotlight

ISIS is claiming credit for the six horrific coordinated attacks across Paris yesterday, and The Hill reports “French President François Hollande blamed ISIS for the attacks”. USA Today reports that the French president said the attacks were “committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.”

NBC reports the French president described the attacks as an “act of war committed by a terrorist army” and vowed to be “merciless” with the France’s foes.

CNN is reporting that Paris police are putting the death toll at 128 – down from the earlier number of 153 given by the French Interior Ministry. CNN reports that the Paris Police Prefecture say 180 others were injured, in addition to those killed. The NY Times reports 127 dead and “300 other hospitalized, 80 of them in critical condition.”

An online ISIS statement said the attacks were carried out by “eight ISIS militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns.”

The U.S. State Department has said “‎The U.S. government is working closely with French authorities to identify American victims. We are aware there are Americans among the injured.”

Summary of the six coordinated Paris attacks yesterday

CNN and BBC reporting described the six attacks:

  • Concert at Bataclan – Paris prosecutor said “around 80” people were killed at the concert of the California band “Eagles of Death Metal” – the 4 attackers kept “methodically” shooting people in the concert hall until French security forces stormed the concert hall – 3 attackers blew themselves up and a 4th was shot dead by police. There were also police reports of attackers tossing explosives at the hostages.
  • La Belle Equipe restaurant/bar – at least 19 people killed in gun attacks
  • Le Carillon bar and Le Petit Cambodge restaurant – at least 12-14 people killed in gun attacks
  • La Casa Nostra restaurant on rue de la Fontaine au Roi – at least 5 killed in gun attacks
  • Avenue de la Republique – 4 people died
  • Soccer match at Stade de France between Germany & France – attended by French President Francois Hollande and 80,000 spectators – 4 people were killed (three were attackers) outside the sports stadium after explosions were heard during the game – “one of the explosions appeared to be a suicide bombing

CNN noted “It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which 191 people died. And it came less than two weeks after a Russian plane crashed in Sinai — downed, intelligence officials believe, by a terrorist bomb — killing all 224 people aboard.”

USA Today is reporting “French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency, mobilized the military and closed France’s borders.”

AP reported that “A Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the bombers outside the soccer stadium.” The UK Independent is reporting that “an Egyptian and a Syrian passport were discovered near the body of one of the [stadium] suicide bombers.”

The AP reports that France was targeted for being part of the “U.S.-led coalition that has been striking the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq for the past year.” The ISIS statement said France and its supporters “will remain at the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State,” and “The stench of death will not leave their noses as long as they remain at the forefront of the Crusaders’ campaign, dare to curse our prophet, boast of a war on Islam in France, and strike Muslims in the lands of the caliphate with warplanes that were of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris.”

  • DavidAppell

    At the very least, an apology from the “Freedom Fries” coalition is due to the French.

    • Discuss Awaits

      You want flies with that, senor Appell Marshall Blair on toast?

  • Bob Clark

    A reflection of Obummer’s and Queen Hillarious’ rudderless foreign policy. Reset didn’t work, but instead served to entice adversaries to test U.S. resolve even further. Red line didn’t work. Blaming Bengahzi on some fringe guy in LA making a video didn’t work. The season for Kumbya is not current. Obummer is just a bag of empty words. Whatever he says is the opposite of reality as a general principle. “Guess those Stimulus jobs weren’t so shovel ready.” “You can keep your doctor (if he isn’t closing up his practice because of Obummer Care).”

    • redbean

      I don’t know if Obama is rudderless or if he intended to make a bad situation even worse. The US has been intimately involved in the Middle East these last 7 years. Obama’s obedience to those targeting Assad and seeking confrontation with the Russians shows us that Obama doesn’t have the interests of the American people at heart. It’s sad we have to look to Russia to fight ISIS.

      The lunatics in the CIA and Killary’s State Dept. destroyed Libya, ensuring that, 1) Libya’s weapons were sent to Syria, and 2) large numbers of fighting-age men were assisted to “migrate” to Europe as “refugees” with encouragement from leftist European leaders. We know that American weapons have been used against our troops in Afghanistan and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they were used in the Paris attacks, but we can expect the media to cover it up.

      • DavidAppell

        “We know that American weapons have been used against our troops in Afghanistan and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they were used in the Paris attacks, but we can expect the media to cover it up.”

        See how easy conspiracy theories are? Make up whatever claim you want, say the media will just cover it up, and you’re completely unaccountable for anything.

        Oh, yeah, and hide behind a fake name. Cover up?

      • actionsspeaklouder

        I wholeheartedly agree that what is doing is exactly what he wants to happen in the world, not just to America. He never had any intention of protecting America from foreign invaders. He never had any intention of honoring his Oath of Office to this country. He is a Muslim and an Islamic sympathizer. His lies are a common Muslim/Islamist belief called Al-taqiyya . To lie to non-believers to protect your agenda/goals. Taqiyya is Obama’s “bible” and he lies with every syllable he speaks.

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  • MrBill

    There’ll be plenty of time for fingerpointing later. Now’s the time to share in the French people’s grief and to get ready (ISIS hates us Americans even more than the French).