Story by Anna Musiyenko, News Editor
Photo Courtesy of ITV.COM
The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the horrific attacks in Paris that killed at least 127 people on Friday, reports CNN.
The coordinated shooting and suicide bombing attacks started at 10 p.m. Paris time, with one group of jihadists targeting a crowded night-life district and another attacking a stadium where President Francois Hollande, local citizens, and tourists were enjoying a soccer match between France and Germany.
In addition to the number of people killed when bombs went off outside the stadium, at least 11 died in a Paris restaurant and 87 victims died in the theater where the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was playing.
Some survivors claimed the terrorists were shouting “Allahu Akbar” or “This is for Syria” as they fired.
Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, Paris Prosecutor spokeswoman, said seven of eight extremists who are dead were killed in suicide bombings.
ISIS has announced responsibility for the deadliest terrorist attack in France since World War II in an online statement that described France as “the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe.”
American organization that is constantly monitoring extremist websites, said jihadists were celebrating the attacks on social media.
ISIS posted: “Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the IS,” the statement also read, in part, “and that the smell of death will never leave their noses as long as they lead the convoy of the Crusader campaign.”
The United States President Obama said: “This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”
In New York City, the World Trade Center lit up with the colors of the tricolore in solidarity.
Pope Francis also commented the situation and said “there is no religious or human justification for it.”
On Saturday morning France officials said Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, schools, the Louvre museum and other cultural treasures are shut down till the situation in France will not be cleared and the safety will be guaranteed.
President Hollande announced three days of state-declared mourning for the victims of the attacks.
It is a very difficult time for all of us. Please keep Paris victims in your prayers.
About the Writer…
Anna Musiyenko is a Communication major with minor in Journalism. She is the News Editor of the Saint and a part of AQ women’s tennis team. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and writing about her experience.