The Paris Attacks


Chae-ann Lawrence , Reporter

The world was saddened on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France when another terrorist orchestrated and killed over 100 people and injured over 300. The mastermind behind these attacks was Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He had been planning for 11 months to cause terror in Europe. The attacks on France played out in multiple locations, they included a popular nightclub, and a soccer stadium.

The violent attacks occurred at various times, at 9:20 pm there was an explosion during a soccer match in the soccer stadium called “Stade de France.” To carry out this specific attack, a suicide bomber blew up himself, according to NBC News “The blast by a suicide bomber using an explosive belt packed with bolts kills the bomber and another person, a Syrian passport of a person born in 1990 would be found near the bomber’s body.” At the match was the president of France, Francois Hollande. He was quickly removed from the stadium.

A second attack was carried out at 9:25 p.m. Gunmen in a black vehicle used kalashnikovs to attack people at the “Le Carillon bar” and “Le petit Cambodge” where fifteen people died.
At 9:30 p.m another suicide bomber detonated an explosive suicide vest near Gate H of the the soccer stadium, the bomber was the only one that died in that attack.

At 9:32 p.m five people were killed on “Rue de la Fontaine au Roi”, as a result of gunshots. NBC News reports “Again witnesses report that the shooters were in a black vehicle”.

The next attack was at 9:36 at bar named “Belle Equipe.” ┬áThe killers in a black vehicle killed 19 people. A witness reported that she “Saw people on the ground, some motionless and others curled who were scared to move”.┬áThese merciless killers did not stop, they continued to kill others, at 9:40 p.m three gunmen stormed a Bataclan concert hall. They fired gunshots into the crowd, while taking people as hostages. Finally, at 9:53 p.m, a third suicide bomber killed himself near the soccer stadium.

BBC News reported an eyewitnesses account of his terrifying and traumatizing experience. Michael O’Connor stated “…It was an automatic rifle firing into the crowd, people falling over the place, people screaming and just clawing and running and pushing to get away. Awful, it was so full as well, I think it was sold out”.
According to the New York Times, five suspects were killed: Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Ibrahim Abdeslam, Samy Amimour, Bilal Hadfi, and Ahmad al-Mohammad. One suspects is still at large, his name is Salah Abdeslam. Two suspects were arrested, Hamza Attou and Mohamed Amri.

You could only imagine what a terrifying experience people in France were experiencing. This attack shows how heartless and soulless people are, it is so unfortunate how many people were killed and injured. These were horrific crimes against innocent people.