Photos Of Paris Shootings & Hostage Situation Show How Serious This Is
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.
EARLIER: France's capital city was in turmoil Friday night following a fatal shooting in a restaurant and a hostage situation in a night club. The photos of Paris during the shooting and hostage situation reveal a widespread emergency that has resulted in France closing its borders.
Reporters and individuals on the ground began sharing personal photos and vines almost immediately, while professional photographers were also present to record the events as they unfolded. Amid a night of terror and unanswered questions, the photos told the story:
Images Of The Attacks Came In Throughout The Night
Attackers At Le Batalan Took Hostages. Only A Few Escaped.
The Death Toll Rose... And Rose... And Rose...
Police And Emergency Workers Were Everywhere
Amid The Chaos, Parisians Began Opening Their Doors To Each Other
The Rest Of The World Expressed Solidarity
Update: Police have amended the death toll to over 40. France24 reports the assault in the Bataclan theatre has ended and two hostage-takers have been killed.
Update: AFP and the Associated Press are putting the total death toll at over 100. Police raided the Le Bataclan and killed two assailants, but other shooters and assailants are still at large. There is no risk to the U.S., according to authorities.