Teams of terrorists, armed with AK 47’s and bombs strapped to them, attacked sites throughout Paris in unison, Friday, Nov. 13, according to reports.
At least 129 people were killed during the attacks; 352 others were wounded, and 99 of the victims are in critical condition, reports said.
“It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish,” France’s president, François Hollande, stated.
According to Paris prosecutor François Molins, the attackers were all armed with assault rifles and suicide vests. The assault began at 9:20 p.m. Friday, when a terrorist detonated a suicide bomb outside the gates of a soccer stadium on the northern outskirts of Paris; the attack ended at 12:20 a.m. Saturday, when the authorities stormed a concert hall called the Bataclan.
Authorities killed one attacker, while two others detonated suicide bombs during a rock concert at the Bataclan.
Eighty-nine concert-goers were shot to death inside the hall.
Hollande declared three days of national mourning since the attacks, and France has remained under a nationwide state of emergency.
President Barack Obama has vowed to stand by France, and both countries have planned to increase air strikes against the Islamic State, or ISIS, the group which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
However, Obama reportedly said the U.S. has no immediate plans to put more ground troops into Iraq or Syria in the war against ISIS, and it will take time to defeat the terrorist group.
“ISIS is the face of evil,” Obama said to world leaders at the G20 summit in Antalya,Turkey Nov. 15. “Our goal is… to destroy this barbaric organization.”