How It Happened: Paris Friday November 13 2015 Attack
[EYES AND VOICE] – The deadly attacks in Paris happened last Friday (13 November 2015) night, around about 9:20pm (8:20pm GMT). Groups of gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a concert hall, Stade de France stadium, restaurants and bars, almost simultaneously – leaving at least 129 people dead and hundreds wounded.
“Three co-ordinated teams” appear to have been behind the attacks, Eyes And Voice has learned. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Eyes And Voice learned, there were 24 people involved in the operation; 19 attackers and five (5) others in charge of logistics and planning.
The first attack came at 9:20 pm local time – one of the three explosions – occurred outside the Stade de France stadium, north of Paris during an international football friendly between France and Germany. The football match continued without the players and fans knowing what was happening outside the stadium.
Eyes And Voice learned, a man wearing a suicide belt was reportedly prevented from entering the stadium after a routine security check detected the explosives. According to the reports, the man backed away from security guards and detonated the explosives.
The bomber and a passer-by were killed.
Five minutes later at about 21:25, gunmen opened fire at La Petit Cambodge, a restaurant in the 10th district (arrondissement) of the French capital. At least 14 people were killed at the restaurant.
At about 9:30 pm more shooting, this time at a pizza restaurant near Avenue de la Republique – 4 more people are killed.
At about the same time (21:30 GMT +), a second blast goes off outside a different entrance at the Stade de France stadium. President Francois Hollande was among those in the crowd, he was quickly evacuated. A chaotic scenes follows as thousands fans flew the stadium.
Then at 21:32, came an attack on diners a few streets south of rue Alibert, in front of the Cafe Bonne Biere and La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi. Five people were killed and eight were severely injured.
At 9:36 pm, another shooting, at a bar called La Belle Equipe in rue de Charonne in the 11th district. at least 19 people were killed.
Minutes later (21:40), an explosion on 253 Boulevard Voltaire, an attacker – later revealed to be Ibrahim Abdeslam – killed himself by detonating a suicide bomb at the restaurant Le Comptoir.
One other person was severely injured in this incident, Eyes And Voice learned.
Then at 9:49pm, shoots were reported at Bataclan Concert Hall. A Californian rock band, Eagles Of Death Metal was on stage performing when the attack started. This attack went on from 21:49 to about 00:20.
According to BBC: "The Paris chief prosecutor said three attackers wearing suicide belts were involved - earlier reports spoke of four attackers. Witnesses said they arrived in a black Volkswagen Polo then stormed in through the main entrance and into the back of the concert hall.
Eighty-nine people died as the men fired Kalashnikov-type assault rifles into the crowd. At least 99 others are in a critical condition in hospital.
One of the attackers was said to have shouted "God is great" in Arabic. One witness heard a gunman blaming President Hollande for intervening in Syria. It was the first clear evidence that Paris was once again being targeted by Islamists.
"We thought it was fireworks but then there were men shooting in all directions. So we all lay on the floor and started crawling towards the stage," one woman said.
Some escaped via an emergency exit to the left of the stage. Others managed to find a route onto the roof.
By now, President Hollande was in crisis talks with Prime Minister Manuel Valls as well as Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Mr Hollande announced a state of emergency throughout France and a tightening of border controls.
The order was then given to send elite security forces into the concert hall. As the operation came to a head, at about 00:20, a police officer shot one of the gunmen, and his suicide belt detonated. The siege ended with the other two blowing themselves up.
Two of the bombers have since been identified as Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29 and Samy Animour, 28. The third man has yet to be named."
At 21:53, a third explosion wet off outside the stadium, 4 people were killed at the areas outside the stadium. At least one of the attackers is believed to be a suicide bomber.
According to reports and witnesses, the gunmen and attackers all arrived at the scene in a black Seat car while the attackers at Bataclan came in a black Volkswagen Polo.
The attacks also left more than 400 people wounded, with 221 still in hospital, 57 of them in intensive care.
Footballer, Lassana Diarra cousin (Asta Diakite) was one of the victims killed – he was in the stadium playing for his country when his “big sister” was shot.
Friday 13 November attack in Paris is now being called the worst terror attack in Europe in 10 years.
We here at EYES AND VOICE send our condolences to everyone affected in this Paris attacks and their families. #PrayForParis #PrayForTheWorld
Source: bbc, cnn
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