The death toll keeps rising in the terrorist attack in Paris on Thursday evening. At least 153 people died and countless others are wounded in the coordinated terrorist attack, according to CNN.
The Guardian reports:
At least six shootings took place in Paris and three explosions took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV said. Two or three gunmen entered the Bataclan concert hall while opening fire on law enforcement, BFMTV reported. A source earlier told CNN there were six to eight hostage takers, citing a person they were talking to inside the venue.
Investigations are still ongoing, there still could be gunmen still at large in Paris. In such a coordinated attack it is remarkable French authorities were able to quickly respond, preventing this tragedy from being even more devastating. While the identifies of the attackers have not been released, the pattern is similar to that of fundamentalist jihadi’s.
Conventional thought would see the western world, and their allies to re-access strategy within ISIL controlled territory. Multiple outlets are reporting that at least two suicide attacks and a bombing that took place near a stadium which was captured on video. This could lead to more aggressive military efforts with Iraq and Syria by France.
Further reports from Guardian:
An emergency meeting of senior British officials is expected be held in Whitehall on Saturday as the UK assesses the implications of the attack in Paris.
Britain’s intelligence agencies moved quickly on Friday night to offer assistance to their French counterparts. The British embassy in Paris was placed in “full response mode”.
It is understood, however, that officials are unlikely to raise the threat level in the UK, which is currently set at the second highest level of “severe”. The highest level of “critical” is only declared if intelligence is received of an imminent attack in the UK.
Threat levels in the UK are set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the domestic security service MI5.
They also released a translation from French President, François Hollande:
My dear compatriots,
As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror.
We have, on my decision, mobilised all forces possible to neutralise the terrorists and make all concerned areas safe. I have also asked for military reinforcements. They are currently in the Paris area, to ensure that no new attack can take place. I have also called a cabinet meeting that will be held in a few minutes.
Two decisions will be taken: a state of emergency will be declared, which means that some places will be closed, traffic may be banned , and there will also be searches which may be decided throughout Ile de France (greater Paris). The state of emergency will be proclaimed throughout the territory (of France).
The second decision I have made is to close the borders. We must ensure that no one enters to commit any crimes and that those who have committed the crimes that we have unfortunately seen can also be arrested if they should leave the territory.
This is a terrible ordeal which once again assails us. We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are.
In these difficult moments, we must – and I’m thinking of the many victims, their families and the injured – show compassion and solidarity. But we must also show unity and calm.
Faced with terror, France must be strong, it must be great and the state authorities must be firm. We will be.
We must also call on everyone to be responsible.
What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists.
French citizens, we have not completed the operations. There are still some that are extremely difficult. It’s at this moment that the security forces are staging an assault, especially in a place in Paris.
I ask you to keep all your trust in what we can do with the security forces to protect our nation from terrorist acts.
Long live the Republic and long live France.
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