Friday, November 13, 2015

Paris Rocked By Violence


  • Police put the number of known dead at least 40. Police say the death count is expected to rise
  • There was a hostage taking at a Paris music hall where up to 100 may have been held. Police reported killing at least two assailants there.
  • Shootings have left many dead at a pair of Paris restaurants
  • At least two suicide bomb attacks happened at a Paris stadium hosting a soccer match leaving three dead. It is unclear if that number includes the attackers
  • It is not yet known who is behind the attacks
  • Francois Hollande has ordered France’s borders closed in response to the attacks. This is the first time the borders have been closed since WWII
  • Hollande is no longer leaving for the G20


ISIS adherents celebrated the deadly, coordinated attacks across Paris late Friday, creating hashtags within minutes of the violence hailing “Paris in flames” and declaring “ISIS is attacking Paris,” Vocativ discovered.

“O crusaders we are coming to you with bombs and rifles,” a top propagandist from an unofficial ISIS media wing tweeted in Arabic. He ended the tweet ominously: “Wait for us.”

“The infidels were happy in the liberating of Sinjar at the morning, and at night they slap themselves for Paris,” declares another tweet discovered by Vocativ deep web analysts.


12:20 a.m.

A French police official says at least 100 people have been killed inside a Paris concert hall where attackers seized hostages. The hostage-taking was one in a series of at least six attacks across the French capital.

12 a.m.

Two Paris police officials say security forces have ended their assault on a concert hall filled with hostages, killing at least two attackers. Neither official could be named, citing ongoing operations throughout the city.

One official described "carnage" inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages. Both officials said they expected the toll of victims to rise.

More later.

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