Written by Tharushan Fernando
15 Nov, 2015 | 5:52 pm
France started its Saturday morning with a note of terror following multiple attacks on various locations on Firday Night.
The news shocked the world as gripping stories of multiple shootings and suicide bomb attempts flooded all forms of media.
The responsibility of the attack has been claimed by ISIS and was conducted with a team of coordinated gunmen.
Seven attackers, in three groups, staged the six assaults across Paris on Friday evening and were killed detonating the suicide vests.
One attack was targeting Stade de France, where an international football friendly between France and Germany was taking place along with the presence of the French President who was rushed to safety, following the first explosion.
The deadliest of the attacks took place in at a well known concert venue in Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th district, where Californian rock group Eagles of Death Metal was playing where the 1500-seat hall was sold out. 89 people were reported to have died a the Venue
A little further east at least 19 people died when the terrace of the La Belle Equipe in Rue de Charonne was sprayed with gunfire, while 15 people were killed at Le Carillon bar-cafe in Rues Bichat.
Five people at the Casa Nostra pizzeria and a nearby bar were killed by attackers wielding rifles.
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The injury count has now risen to 352, with 99 in critical condition.
One of the seven gunmen who killed 129 people in near-simultaneous attacks in Paris has been identified by French investigators as Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin, who had a criminal record and was known to have been radicalized.
Six people have been taken into custody by police according to French media reports and the six people detained are all relatives of Omar Mostefai, the 29-year-old man and Mostefai’s brother and father among those held
According to French judicial sources,Several Kalashnikovs have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used by some of the attackers
Belgian police arrested three people on Saturday in raids in a poor, immigrant quarter of Brussels as they pursued emerging links between the Paris attacks and an Islamist bastion in France’s northern neighbor
President François Hollande on Saturday promised a “merciless” response to the tragedy and called the attack and ‘Act of War’, while the IS has claimed the attack was in retaliation for French military actions in Syria and Iraq.
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