Paris, France – On Friday November 13, a mass shooting leaves 35 dead, with the possibility of many more casualties following suicide bombers and explosions around the 10th and 11th arrondisienments of Paris. Following the shootings, approximately 100 hostages were led to the Bataclan music hall, according to reports from the Associated Press.
Early reports say that the mass shooting was conducted by Islamic extremists as witnesses heard “Alla Akbar” before the shooting began. While President Barrack Obama did not want to “speculate”, many initially believed that ISIS organized the attacks.
“A state of emergency will be declared,” French President François Hollande said in a televised statement, according to Reuters. “The second measure will be the closure of national borders”.
At this time, French borders have been closed; police, military and even the French Airforce have been mobilized to Paris. Furthermore, Hollande has issued a curfew for the country as well – the first time since World War II. Hollande quickly called an emergency cabinet meeting.
This is not the first terrorist attack in France, as the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked in January of this year, leaving 12 people killed and 11 wounded. The country has received many threats in the past year, which The Associated Press relates to France’s recent involvement in Syria and Africa, bombing ISIS targets.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among many world leaders to offer support to the French people today, as he released a statement.
“Canada stands with France at this dark time and offers all possible assistance”, said Trudeau. “We will continue to work closely with the international community to help prevent these terrible, senseless acts.”
6:40 p.m.: French Police ask television networks, reporters to suspend live coverage of rescue operation, in order to ensure success.
6:50 p.m.: A counter-op mission successfully resulted in the death of two terrorists in the Bataclan theatre, and ended the hostage situation. Hostages are currently being evacuated from the theatre.
7:00 p.m.: Justin Trudeau expected to speak in regards to attack on France at 8:30 p.m.
7:10 p.m.: Islamic State-associated website claim credit for the attacks in France today, describing it as a ‘victory’.
Stay tuned as new information emerges.