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November 2015 Paris Attacks

The November 2015 Paris attacks are a series of coordinated terror attacks on November 13, 2015. The attacks began at 21:16 CET. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the terror attacks. Six mass shootings and three separate suicide bombings killed at least 130 people and injured at least 352. In one of the attacks, the attackers took hostages and engaged in a stand-off with police which ended at 00:58 on November 14, 2015.

The Paris Attacks was the deadliest terrorist attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which 191 people died.

Facts

  • Three teams staged coordinated attacks at six locations in Paris, France. The locations are Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France and at least two restaurants.
  • The Bataclan concert hall is the deadliest site in the attacks where 89 people were killed. Eagles of Death Metal, a rock band was performing at the time of the attack. Three attacks arrived in a car, entered the concert venue and opened fire without any warning. They took the audience members hostages and regrouped them in front of the stage. The attackers briefly talked about Syria and Iraq. When the police stormed the theatre, two of the attackers killed themselves detonating their suicide bomb belts, while the third attacker was killed by police gunfire.
  • Four people were killed outside the Stade de France, where France was playing Germany in a friendly soccer match. Three of the dead were suicide bombers and the fourth is a man who was walking by. French President Hollande was inside the stadium at the time of attack and was evacuated immediately following security protocols.
  • Fifteen people were killed as attackers opened fire at the intersection of rue Alibert and rue Bichat, in the 10th district of Paris near the Canal Saint Martin.
  • Five people were killed in another shooting outside Cafe Bonne Biere on the corner of rue de la Fontaine au Roi and rue Faubourg du Temple in the 11th district of Paris
  • Ninteen people were killed at restaurant La Belle Equipe on rue de Charonne, also in the 11th district.
  • A suicide bomber blew himself up at the cafe Comptoir Voltaire on boulevard Voltaire
  • At least, 129 people were killed and 352 others were wounded. Among the wounded, 99 are said to be in a very serious condition
  • Seven terrorists involved in the attacks were killed
  • An abandoned car believed to be used by the gunmen was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil. Three Kalashnikov automatic rifles were found in the car

Attackers

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack and said eight attackers were involved. The following are the dead attackers identified by the government officials.

  • Abdelhamid Abaaoud, mastermind of the Paris Attacks
  • Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29. Lived in Chartres at least until 2012
  • Bilal Hafdi, 19 or 20

The police are in lookout for Salah Abdeslam, a Belgium-born French national. He is one of the suspected ringleaders of the attacks. Belgium has issued an international warrant for him.

On 15 November 2015, two people were taken into custody and two of the suicide bombers were identified. French President Francois Hollande blamed the Islamic State terrorist group and termed the coordinated attacks “an act of war.” ISIS claimed responsibility in a statement and said eight of its militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked selected targets across the city.

Suspected Mastermind killed

On 17-18 November, French police launch a raid on an apartment in Saint Denis in Northern Paris where several suspects including the ISIS mastermind of the Paris Attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud are holed up. According to two senior European officials, the suspected ringleader was killed. Initial reports say one person has reportedly died in the anti-terror operation. Several police officers have been injured. At least seven explosions have been heard during the police raid. One of the explosion is believed to have been a woman terrorist detonating a suicide device.

More than 100 police officers and soldiers stormed an apartment building. After a seven hour siege, at least two people died which included the mastermind of the Paris attacks Abdel­hamid Abaaoud. However, the French prosecutors who briefed the media after the siege said they couldn’t confirm the identities of those killed. Eight people were arrested.

French prosecutors, on Thursday, confirmed that the mastermind behind the Paris Attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed in the police raids on the apartment in Paris suburb on Wednesday. His body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel in the building. His body has been identified by his fingerprints.

Salah Abdeslam

On 3 December 2015, it was learnt that one of the suspected masterminds, Salah Abdeslam, travelled to Hungary and recruited a team from unregistered migrants passing through, according to senior Hungarian government officials. Salah left the country together with the recruits. A car rented by Salah Abdeslam is known to have been in Hungary on September 17.


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