In a night of terror in Paris, France, on Friday, 129 people were killed, and more than 350 people injured in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that rocked the heart of the country.
Of the wounded, 99 people are reported to be in critical condition. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has taken responsibility for the attacks.
Investigators say that at least six locations were targeted by three coordinated teams of attackers, almost simultaneously. These teams were armed with heavy weaponry that included AK-47 Assault Rifles and suicide bomb vests.
The most bloody scene took place at the Bataclan Concert Hall, where more than 80 people were massacred.
Other areas targeted were the State De France, where suicide bombs exploded outside of the football stadium in which the French President, Francois Hollande, was in attendance for an international friendly.
Four people were killed.
At a restaurant called Le Petit Cambodge in the 10th district of Paris, at least 14 people were killed by gunfire. Nineteen more people lost their lives outside of a bar called La Belle Equipe. Victims were also claimed at the La Casa Nostra Restaurant and Le Carillon Bar, both in the 11th district of Paris.
In an online statement the terrorist group, ISIS, said they attacked precisely selected areas in the French capital, stating that it was “the first of the storm” and mocked France as a “capital of prostitution and obscenity.”
France is part of a US-led coalition that conducts airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq. President Hollande, has deemed the attacks as an act of war. He said that the country had been attacked in a cowardly, shameful and violent way. “France will be merciless in its response to the Islamic State militants,” said Hollande, “we will use all means within the law, on every battleground here and abroad, together with our allies.”
This has been the worst attack on France since World War Two, and the country is currently in an imposed state of emergency.