Paris Plunges into Pain
On the night of the 13th November, Paris, France, was hit with a series of coordinated terror attacks from three groups, each made up of three people, of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) members. The attacks were spread throughout the city and the nearby suburb of Saint-Denis.
At least 130 died, 350 were wounded and 99 are in intensive care due to these horrific events.
Just after 9.20pm (GMT+1) at the Stade de France, as a large crowd was enjoying the first half of an friendly international football game between France and Germany, the first attacks were launched with two explosions going off virtually simultaneously four miles apart.
The next target was central Paris at 9:25pm. A separate team of gunmen arrived at the Right bank area of the city in a black Seat and moved to open fire on a restaurant and bar. As many people enjoyed a Friday night out, 15 people were killed in the Petit Cambodge Cambodian restraint in Rue Bichat and on the other side of the road at the Carillon bar.
The same unit of terrorists then drove 500 yards to the next location for the fourth attack. They opened fire on diners at the Casa Nostra pizzeria and killed at least 5 people.
At around 9.35pm La Belle Equipe bar in Rue de Charonne was hit after the militants drove around a mile south east to launch this attack. The balcony was sprayed with bullets killing at least 19 people.
The Bataclan concert venue, in Boulevard Voltaire, was the target of the most deadly attack where at least 89 people lost their lives when gunmen, operating AK-47s and wearing suicide vests, stormed into the full house of 1,500 people who were watching the US rock group “Eagles of Death Metal” perform. Two of the militants blew up their explosive belts as heavily armed anti-terror police ended the two hours and fourty minute long siege at around 12.30am. A third terrorist was shot by police. The first policemen at the scene arrived about 20 minutes after the attack began at around 10pm. The attackers had retreated to an upper floor by the time a heavily armed Swat team arrived at around 10.15pm. All the people the police could find were evacuated and then the police went upstairs in to columns to the left and right of the auditorium. Some people emerged from various hiding places as the police continued. One officer, named only as Jean, who was involved in the raid said “They came out like zombies. They were in a terrible state and could hardly walk.” Nick Alexander, a British man, has been confirmed by family to have been one of the many to have lost his life at the Bataclan.
Police burst in to give order to the final assault when, protected by heavy metal shields, they burst open the doors and advanced down the corridor which was revealed to be full of 20 hostages at 12.20am.
The officers kept advancing and rushing screaming hostages out as the attackers opened fire. Police threw a stun grenade and fired their guns when they finally came face to face with the attackers. One attacker was shot down and the other detonated his suicide vest blowing up both their bodies. This assault lasted three minutes.
At around 9.50pm a third blast took place by a McDonald’s restaurant on the fringes of the Stade de France.
The noise caused by the explosion caused terror among spectators who had already been attempting to leave the stadium following the first two explosions. The match had continued, with many believing that the first noises had been fireworks, but word soon spread of what had happened outside the stadium, as people read updates on their phones.