Paris shootings, explosions leave at least 128 dead

By AFP
Published: November 14, 2015
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Rescuers workers evacuate victims near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. PHOTO: AFP

Rescuers workers evacuate victims near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. PHOTO: AFP

Rescuers workers evacuate victims near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. PHOTO: AFP A general view of the scene that shows the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS: At least 128 people were killed in a series of simultaneous gun attacks across Paris on Saturday, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was playing Germany in a football match.

Police have said that at least 120 people were killed at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, only some 200 metres (yards) from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo which were attacked by extremists in January.

Police said a hostage scenario was under way at the venue, which is in an area known for its busy nightlife.

Three people were killed near the Stade de France stadium in the north of the capital, police said, where the international football match was taking place.

An AFP journalist at the scene said two explosions were heard.

President Francois Hollande was evacuated from the stadium before the end of the match.

Spectators flooded the pitch as news of the attacks spread. Organisers started evacuating the stadium by three doors.

Another attack was reported at a Cambodian restaurant called Petit Cambodge, not far from the Bataclan venue in northeast Paris.

Counter-terrorism prosecutors said they had opened a preliminary investigation.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, called for residents to stay at home.

“We heard gunfire, 30 seconds of fire, it was interminable, we thought it was fireworks,” said Pierre Montfort, who lives near rue Bichat, where one of the attacks took place.

The toll “will be much heavier” than the initial confirmed deaths, a security source said.

“My sister is in the Bataclan,” said Camille, 25. “I phoned her. She said they opened fire. And then she hung up.”

“Everyone was on the floor, no one moved,” said one witness from the Petit Cambodge restaurant.

“A girl was carried by a young man in his arms. She appeared to be dead.”

An AFP reporter outside the Bataclan said there were armed police and some 20 police wagons with their lights flashing around the scene.

A council of defence has been convened for Saturday at 9:00 am (0800 GMT). Already, 1,500 additional soldiers have been mobilised,” said the Elysee Palace in a statement

Obama says Paris attacks on ‘all of humanity’

US President Barack Obama condemned the series of deadly attacks across Paris Friday as an “attack on all of humanity” and pledged to work with France to bring those responsible to justice.

“Whenever these kinds of attacks happen, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner. And we intend to be there with them in that same fashion,” Obama said in a brief speech from the White House.

Facebook activates safety check feature for “Paris terror attacks”

Facebook launched a safety check tool Friday night amid an ongoing terrorist attack in Paris that have reportedly claimed the lives of as many as 120 people. The tool lets users in the area notify their friends of their safety.

Eiffel Tower closed indefinitely

The Eiffel Tower will be closed indefinitely following the wave of deadly attacks in Paris, the iconic landmark’s operator said on Saturday.

The company decided to close the monument — normally visited by up to 20,000 people a day — after Friday’s attacks which claimed at least 128 lives, a spokesperson told AFP. It will remain closed “until further notice,” she added.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Ali
    Nov 14, 2015 - 4:13AM

    Its becoming increasingly difficult to remain muslim.Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Nov 14, 2015 - 4:13AM

    Very sad news!!! Now muslims get ready for another blame. Now westerners will create difficulties for muslim communities.Recommend

  • salman
    Nov 14, 2015 - 4:25AM

    Bound to happen when you start bombing Syria. Middle East is a sh**ty place these days. No need to get into the mess. Probably Moscow is next.Recommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Nov 14, 2015 - 4:28AM

    This will all stop if Kashmir and Palestine problems are solved. And after all westerners leave Muslim lands. However muslims stay in non-muslim lands because we are special.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:09AM

    The nightmare of Mumbai is played yet again. As Indians, No one can understand the pain of Terrorism like we do. Terrorists and their sympathizers will be terminated mercilessly.Recommend

  • Jaggu
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:11AM

    Outrageous, madness! We are with the people of France as we know how it feels when you are a victim of terrorism. These psychos must be rooted out. Humanity cannot tolerate them.Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:13AM

    These savages will persist with their cowardly ambushes, and it will earn them nothing.Recommend

  • Akbar
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:54AM

    Comparisons are being drawn with the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks as there are some similarities between the two.Recommend

  • Akbar
    Nov 14, 2015 - 5:58AM

    Anti-Muslim sentiment is going to raise, if muslims are involved. & if Pakistanis are involved, forget Visas to Pakistani`s anywhere in the world.Recommend

  • Muslim First
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:10AM

    It was not an attack on humanity, people who died are not Muslims.Recommend

  • Alien1
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:26AM

    mumbai type bomb and gun attack, very sad to see paris under threat by these cowards.Recommend

  • Dr. Shahid Masood
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:32AM

    Pak should send an aid team of Jamaat ud dawa incl Hafiz Sayeed to France, in order to assist the injured in the terrorist attack!Recommend

  • Akbar
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:36AM

    Really Sad that this kind of terrorist attack had happened.Recommend

  • BHARAT
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:37AM

    Islam at war with France
    There goes the chance for all those refugees going to GermanyRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:39AM

    What horribly disgusting display of hatred for living, life itself. Shame on the perpetrators of this act of terrorism irrespective of who they are and whatever they identify with.Recommend

  • Nov 14, 2015 - 6:50AM

    I think more Pakistanis are more afraid of Islam taking the blame than the lives of people who died. You will hear things like “This is not Islam”, “This is because XYZ reasons”.

    I think its time we debate how each Religion affects its followers. In this case, we have seen time and again people of a particular Religion acting in extreme, violent ways. Different ideas influence people differently and this one idea is influencing its followers in terrible ways, seemingly. Till date the debate on this topic has been forced down. Political Correctness shouldn’t stop us from speaking the truth.Recommend

  • Charlie
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:52AM

    Horrible and just unbelievable. Let us bring up the usual list of apologies, such as they are not Muslims, because of enemies are in our lands, they are just few who are misguided among 1 billion plus, Jews did it since they wanted attention off their atrocities in Jerusalem, this is done to stop refugees and the best – people don’t understand Islam.
    What is there left to understand? Action speak louder than words.Recommend

  • Don Barzini
    Nov 14, 2015 - 6:58AM

    What are the Odds of this NOT being the work of Muslims???Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:35AM

    Killing of even one innocent person is a tragedy and France just lost 160 innocent persons through the acts of terrorism, making it a tragedy of great magnitude.

    However, while mourning the tragedy in France, one can not help remembering thousands of innocent Libyans who lost their lives through French leaders’ interference in Libya just because they did not like Lbyan strongman Col. Moammar Gaddafi.

    Admitted Moammar Gaddafi was hardly a benevolent ruler, and dealt ruthlessly with those who opposed his rule. However, he had still managed to give his country and people a fair degree of peace, progress and prosperity, and conditions during his rule were a thousand times better than what they are like now.

    We remember the French jets were the first to appear on the Libyan horizon, bombarding government positions. And these were again French jets which attacked Gaddafi’s contingent when it made a dash to escape out of the country and thus caused his death.
    And they did it to Libya after seeing clearly what foreign intervention does to countries in Middle East, like it did to Iraq, where close to a million innocent Iraqis have been killed and the country completely destabilized. And French atrocities in Algeria happened not all that far back.

    So, perhaps while mourning this great loss, the French as well as other Western leaders must also ponder over their own acts and resist their tendency to destabilize Muslim countries just for fun and some selfish gains, causing much greater tragedies like in Iraq, Libya and Syria for which some Muslim countries also stand guilty.

    Karachi Recommend

  • ZAK
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:36AM

    It is really a tragic incident.Terrorists want divide the world.

    No sensible person can even think of support to such attacks.

    We stand by French people in this occasion of sorrow and grief.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:53AM

    @Muslim First:
    Hope they cut up the bodies of terrorist attackers and feed the pieces to hungry pigs!!!Recommend

  • hzr
    Nov 14, 2015 - 7:53AM

    @Ali:
    Quit before it is too late!Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Nov 14, 2015 - 8:30AM

    @Hameed.. And its an internal matter to India. We will kill whoever we like and elect whoever we like. Not your business whatsoever. What you need to do is to control your “assets” from crossing international borders and stop wreaking havoc across the world.Recommend

  • karachi 6
    Nov 14, 2015 - 8:30AM

    This is total madness and horrible.
    May their be peace in the world and every one live in peace and harmonyRecommend

  • Who
    Nov 14, 2015 - 8:42AM

    Just who are these mad perpetrators? Who and what caused them to go mad? Recommend

  • indian
    Nov 14, 2015 - 12:42PM

    @Muslim First:
    Are you sick, Physco…Recommend

  • Nov 14, 2015 - 12:46PM

    The pattern is so much like replay of Bombay AttackRecommend

  • Nov 14, 2015 - 9:06PM

    These Terrorists are BRAIN dead personalities without having a specific gender to called oneself either he or she and hence no human being to understand the PAIN of others but bought at a small cost from everywhere by vested interests to kill none but us only. Therefore they are neither Human being nor Animals but are killing Machines only. They are certainly perfect in executing deadly actions within us with the notice of none. Unless we join hands together; it is very unlikely that we shall able to kill them being showering with abundant of Elicit FUND upon them non-stopped by vested interests and are getting easy entry within us; taking advantage of GAP available within us due to unequal distribution of wealth for whatsoever reason. Recommend

  • Basphorous
    Nov 15, 2015 - 3:10AM

    @BruteForce:
    I love your habit of assuming too much but much to your disappointment no has come up with an excuse that ‘this is not Islam’ You know why? because every one knows these are psychos hiding behind a religion and now a days ironically it is Islam. Pope Francis knows it, Hollande knows it, the whole world knows it except YOU. A great game is being played in ME through IS and interestingly Pakistan is not a part of it. Pakistan has deliberately shunned and kept it’s distance with IS. Pakistan wants to keep it that way although powers to be are not happy with it.Recommend

  • Dubai Sin City
    Nov 15, 2015 - 12:08PM

    @Troll Don Barzini: What are the Odds of this NOT being the work of the evil Israeli Mossad and ZATO???Recommend

  • Nov 15, 2015 - 11:06PM

    @Basphorous:

    Look at your own Govt’s NAP. They are not targeting any Churches, Convents, Temples or Gurdwaras, but only Mosques and Madressahs.

    Police all over the world are doing the same. You might feel better by saying there are extremists in all Religion, but your own Govt disagrees with you. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 16, 2015 - 1:47AM

    @Dubai Sin City:
    Hmm, another conspiracy theory reaches the web, with NOT a shred of proof as usual!Recommend

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