Paris Attack Forces France Into State Of Emergency, Closing Its Borders
UPDATE: One day after ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks, France reportedly launched airstrikes against the militant group in Syria, dropping 20 bombs in the area. Some targets were destroyed, according to reports, but not much else is known about the airstrikes.
One of the suspected suicide bombers has been identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai. Authorities also confirmed that seven of the assailants have died, and the attacks were carried out by three coordinated groups. Paris police, however, are currently hunting for an eighth attacker who may still be at large, who has been identified as 26-year-old Abdeslam Salah.
Officials have confirmed that a police raid in Belgium led to the arrests of seven individuals who may have ties to the attacks.
On Saturday, French president François Hollande has also put the blame on ISIS, calling their actions an "act of war." Said ISIS in a statement released less than 24 hours after the attacks:
France needs to know it still remains at the top of the target list of the Islamic State.
The death toll currently sits at about 130, with over 350 wounded. (One of those killed was an American woman studying abroad in France.) According to French Prosecutor François Molins, nearly 100 of those wounded are critically injured.
The announcements comes in the wake of an attack that has left more than 100 dead and many more wounded, according to BBC. The attack occurred earlier this evening outside a bar near the Stade de France, where France National Team was hosting the German National Team in a soccer match. At the time of the attacks, Hollande was watching the match, but was immediately moved to safe location.
In addition to the explosions, six shootings have been reported as well as a hostage situation. But the hostage situation ended after a police-led assult took out two of the hostage takers. French police told press that they believe all of the Paris attackers are dead.
BREAKING: French Pres. Hollande says state of emergency declared & France's borders will be closed. pic.twitter.com/rdrn5ewBfB— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) November 13, 2015
Despite Hollande's announcement, however, some airlines still seem to be operating at this time. Air France announced via it's Twitter page flights to and from Francer would not be grounded, and several passengers confirmed the news.
#AirFrance flights to/from Paris currently operating normally— Air France Newsroom (@AFnewsroom) November 13, 2015
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