The French capital on Friday witnessed a devastating terror attack which killed more than 120 people and wounded scores of others as the world shuddered in shock. The attack, which was carried out by IS at three different places in Paris, was one of the deadliest in Europe since the Madrid train attack that killed 191 people in 2004. Experts said that the attack was very similar to Mumbai’s 26/11 in which over 160 people had died.
Here are the 9 things to know about the deadly Paris attack on Friday.
1. At least 127 people were killed and some 300 were injured when terrorists launched a coordinated attack at a restaurant, a concert hall, and outside a football stadium in Paris on Friday evening. Scores of wounded are said to be still in a critical condition.
2. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attack. There were eight attackers in all, of which seven were wearing explosive belts. All of them were killed.
3. French Police have identified one of the attackers as French national. He was involved in the Bataclan concert hall attack. The police have also found a Syrian passport on the body of one of the suicide bombers outside the Paris stadium.
4. Police say that the black-clothed gunmen at the concert hall blew themselves up with explosive belts after firing randomly with AK-47s at hundreds of people inside the hall. About seven simultaneous shootings had rocked central Paris on Friday night.
5. Two explosions were heard near the football stadium Stade de France where a France-Germany friendly soccer match was being played, attended by French President François Hollande.
6. President Hollande has declared a nationwide state of emergency and ordered the closing of country’s borders to keep the perpetrators from escaping.
7. The coordinated attacks come as France, a member of the US-led coalition battling the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, struck the group’s strategic targets this week.
8. The world leaders have condemned the attack and expressed their sympathies to the French government and to the relatives of the victims. They have indicated a strong response against the IS for the Paris attack.
9. The Paris attack is a copycat version of the Mumbai terror attack on 26/11/08 in which more than 160 people were killed when Pakistani terrorists carried out bombings and firings with automatic weapons at several places, including at the iconic Taj Palace Hotel.