Paris attacks are the Act Of War by Islamic State

Paris attacks are the Act Of War by Islamic State


The near-simultaneous assaults in Paris that killed almost 130 people were an “act of war” organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, says France’s President Francois Hollande.

He explained the attacks, carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organised and intended from exterior”.

The targets comprised restaurants, pubs, a concert and a high-profile football match. IS claimed the attacks.

Mr Hollande has raised the security threat level to its highest point and imposed a nationwide state of emergency. 180 people wounded at least, 80 of whom are in a critical state.

These are the deadliest attacks in peacetime France, and just the fourth time since WWII a state of emergency was imposed. The past time was during a 2005 tide of riots.

It is the worst atrocity in Europe.

The night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 (20:00 GMT) as folks were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital.

A gunman opened fire on Le Carillon pub in the rue Alibert, not far before heading across the road (Little Cambodia).