Friday night, in Paris and tragedy has struck again. The attacks took place around the same area of Paris that the terrorists attacked where Charlie Hebdo shootings occurred in January. Tonight, at least 60 people are dead and more are expected as hostages are being held in a concert hall of over 200 people, explosions near a stadium where a soccer match between Germany and France where the French President Francois Hollande were heard and numerous sounds of gun violence broke out. Terrorists launched a total of six coordinated attacks at high profile sites, including the Louvre art gallery tonight, it has been reported.
French President Francois Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning borders will be closed. “We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great,” he said. “This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share,” U.S. President Barack Obama said at the White House. He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”
Nearby at a concert venue, an American band called the Eagles of Death Metal are among those who are being held hostage. Reports on Twitter reveal that the hostages were being shot one at a time and the gunmen are searching the venue for all those who maybe hiding. The American music group is called the Eagles of Death Metal. According to reports those inside who can use their cell phones are begging for help and for the police to crash the hall. Eagles of Death Metal is the collaboration between Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme. It was moments before they were to take the stage is when the attacks started.A short time ago, late Friday night, the venue was stormed by security forces and at least 2 terrorists were killed according to AP News. Late Friday evening news was reported that the members of the band including Julian Dorio, Dave Catching and Jesse Hughes made it out of the concert venue alive. Early estimate from CNN is that over 110 people were murdered by the terrorists.
According to CNN, ISIS supporters are celebrating the deadly, coordinated attacks and that they are creating hashtags within minutes of the violence hailing “Paris in flames” and declaring “ISIS is attacking Paris. According to the Vocativ, the tweets have been like this once translated, “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.”
Another tweet translated to say, “the infidels were happy in the liberating of Sinjar at the morning, and at night they slap themselves for Paris.’ Reports are still coming in as this is a developing story.