Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris Under Attack - State of Emergency

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Only three hours ago, Paris, the capital of France, experienced a multiple terrorist attack. At least four shootouts should have left about 60 victims dead. Three attacks took place in the densely populated center of Paris, another one near a football stadium in the suburbs of Paris, at the time when an important match between France and Germany was taking place. French president Hollande, who had attended the match at "Stade de France", was immediately transferred to the Ministry of the Interior in order to join an emergency meeting. The president later declared the "state of emergency" and announced a counter-attack of security forces.

The above photo has been earlier distributed via Twitter. It is showing the
environment of canal "Saint-Martin" where another shooting took place.

At Bataclan concert hall there should be a severe situation after a bloody attack,
probably combined with a taking of hostages. Visitors to Bataclan hall had been
attending a concert of the U.S. group "Eagles of Death Metal" that evening.

Rappel des faits
Summary of facts
(Nov. 14, 20:00 pm)

- Six attaques terroristes simultanées ont été menées à Paris et dans le secteur du stade de France, vendredi soir.

Six terrorist attacks have been conducted simultaneously in Paris and in the area of Stade de France on Friday evening.


- Au moins 128 personnes sont mortes, principalement dans la salle de spectacle du Bataclan ainsi que dans le Xe, avec de lourds bilans en particulier rue de Charonne (au moins 19 morts) et rue Alibert (au moins 12 morts). Les "assassins" ont "balayé avec des mitraillettes plusieurs terrasses de café", selon le préfet de police, Michel Cadot.

At least 128 persons died, most of them in Bataclan entertainment hall and, as well, in the 10th [Arrondissement], with a heavy [death] toll, especially in Rue de Charonne (at least 9 deaths) and Rue Alibert (at least 12 deaths). The "assassins" had "swept the outdoor terraces of some cafés with the fire of light machine guns" according to police prefect Michel Cadot.


Ce bilan, donné par des sources policières à l'AFP, est encore provisoire. Environ 250 personnes ont également été blessées, dont 99 dans un état critique, selon les mêmes sources.

That toll, given by sources within the police to AFP [Agence France Press], is still provisional. About 250 other persons are wounded, 99 of them are in a critical condition according to the same sources.


- L'organisation État islamique revendique les attentats de Paris.

The organization of an Islamic State [i.e. ISIL] has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.


- François Hollande a qualifié samedi les attentats extrêmement meurtriers de Paris d'"acte de guerre", en désignant pour la première fois comme responsable "l'armée terroriste" de l'organisation État islamique, "Daech", qui n'a pas à ce stade revendiqué ces actes.

On Saturday, [French president] François Hollande has qualified the extremely deadly Paris attacks as an "act of war" and has named, for the first time, the "terrorist army" of the "organization of an Islamic State", [Arabic name of ISIL], and which had not claimed responsibility for such action up to that moment.


- Pour la première fois en France, certaines attaques ont été kamikazes.

For the first time in France, several attacks should have been suicide attacks.


- Selon la préfecture de police, les quatre assaillants du Bataclan sont morts, dont trois en actionnant leurs ceintures d'exposifs. Un assaut a été mené par la police.

According to the police prefecture, the four attackers at Bataclan are dead, three of them after using their explosive belts. A [counter-]attack had been carried out by police forces.


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