PARIS: At least 128 people are believed to be dead after terrorists wielding AK47s and hurling explosives executed 118 people inside a Paris concert hall and slaughtered 40 more people throughout the city, rocking the French capital. The French prosecutor’s office believes all of the attackers are dead and seven of eight assailants died in suicide bombings.
On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them, attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway.
Later, French president François Hollande visited the attacked concert hall and while speaking to media persons said France is going to fight the terrorists. “France will be merciless in its fight against terrorists,” he said.
Describing the attacks as barbaric, he said the French nation will continue to stand united and firm against the terrorists.
He termed the attacks in Paris most significant and declared state of emergency across the country.
Hollande announced to seal French borders in a bid to stop the attackers from fleeing and called for military reinforcements to bring the situation under control.
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with French President Francois Hollande to offer condolences and assistance in the investigation, the White House said. Earlier, Obama said, “This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share.” He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
A total of six locations were attacked in and just outside the capital, Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters Saturday.
France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris.
Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it was unclear if any accomplices were still on the run after the string of near-simultaneous attacks.
Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city.