A timeline of the attacks that ravaged Paris

14th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

At least 128 people were killed and scores injured, 80 critically, in attacks Friday on six sites across the French capital, ranging from a concert venue to a sports stadium.

Here is a timeline of the attacks, which have been claimed by the jihadist Islamic State group:

- FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13

- Shooting erupts -

- 9:20 pm (2020 GMT): Simultaneous shootings and explosions take place across Paris.

- Three explosions take place near the Stade de France football stadium during a friendly between France and Germany attended by 80,000 spectators, including French President Francois Hollande. One person is killed, along with three suicide bombers.

- In Paris' 10th district 12 are killed on the terrace of the restaurant Le Petit Cambodge.

- On rue de Charonne, in the 11th district, 18 people are killed in gunfire which witnesses say lasted "two, three minutes".

- At the Bataclan concert hall, where US group Eagles of Death Metal is performing, several armed men fire on the audience, crying "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest), and taking hostages.

- In Paris' 11th district near to Place de la Republique, five people are killed on the terrace of a pizzeria, La Casa Nostra.

- An attack in which one is killed also takes place on the other side of Place de la Republique. A suicide bomber is killed.

- State of emergency -

- 10:30 pm: French President Francois Hollande, immediately evacuated from the Stade de France, where he was watching the soccer match, goes to the interior ministry to monitor the situation.

- The police say that at least 18 have been killed.

- The anti-terrorism prosecutor takes over the probe into the attacks.

- Several Paris metro stations are closed by the police.

- 11:43 pm: A new toll of at least 35 dead.

- 11:50 pm: US President Barack Obama condemns the attacks as an "attack on all of humanity".

- Paris hospitals go into emergency mode.

- 12:01 am: Hollande declares a state of emergency.

- The toll -

- 12:30 am: Police storm the Bataclan, ending their operation 30 minutes later. At least 82 people are killed in the concert hall attack. The four attackers are killed. Three die after activating their suicide vests and the fourth is shot dead.

- Hollande visits the Bataclan, where he vows to lead a "merciless" fight against terrorists.

- France deploys an additional 1,500 soldiers to Paris.

- The presidency says that border controls will be reinstated but the borders will remain open.

- Death toll is updated to at least 120.

- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 -

- 04:30 am: According to investigators, eight attackers were killed, of whom seven blew themselves up.

- Hollande and Obama in telephone talks agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation against terrorism.

- Schools, markets, museums and major tourist sites in the Paris area are closed and sporting fixtures cancelled.

- Security checks are stepped up in several European capitals.

- Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the head of Sunni Islam's leading seat of learning, Cairo's Al-Azhar, condemns "hateful" attacks and urges global unity against extremism.

- 10:50 am: Hollande calls the attacks "an act of war... committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State, against France, against... what we are, a free country". He declares three days of national mourning.

- The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attacks.


© 2015 AFP

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