Friday the 13th proved a deadly day in central Paris, France as terrorist stormed various venues around the city taking hostages and killing others. The shocking, tragic news was heard around the world via the Internet, CNN and other online sites as well as Twitter. Sources say this is the worst scenario of its kind ever experienced in Paris. A French woman who lives near a restaurant where diners were attacked, interviewed on CBS radio by phone around midnight France time, said that the cafes, bars and restaurants that were filled earlier in the night had been shuttered down. “But it’s usually pretty quiet around this time anyway,” she said. She was in a state of obvious disbelief and said that she’d never seen anything like this in this part of Paris which is always filled with gaiety and laughter.
According to USA Today, explosions and gunfire erupted as the heavily armed security forces poured into a theater where California rock group Eagles of Death Metal was performing a concert. One source on CNN said that it was like a synchronized attack with attacks spread out around the city. French President Hollande, who was at one of the venues where an attack took place, spoke on national TV, has since declared a state of emergency and closed France’s borders. President Obama went on TV and radio to offer condolences and assure the French republic that America stands behind them. Although unconfirmed the reported death toll from as many as seven terrorist attacks throughout the city varied widely but is said that 100 were slain at the concert.
Terrorists also set off explosives at the Stade de France, the national stadium, where Germany and France were holding a friendly soccer match and President Hollande was in attendance. “Terrorist attacks of unprecedented scale are underway,” Hollande said in a national TV address. “There have been dozens of deaths, there are many injured, it’s a horror.” It’s been almost a year since brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi stormed the Paris offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store, killing a dozen people. Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch took credit for that attack. Hollande said the French military was being deployed around Paris after the unprecedented attacks. He added, without elaborating, that security forces were assaulting one of the sites hit by Friday’s attacks.
The Paris attacks have caused an terrorist alert around the world with security being beefed up at major sites, attractions and transportation venues. The Los Angeles Police Department and other police forces in the United States have been ordered to be vigilant.