Paris, France – An aggressive manhunt is underway as authorities search for accomplices of the suicide gunmen who killed at least 128 people in Paris and left many more wounded.
The attacks, which happened in rapid succession, occurred at six separate sites around Paris last night after suicide bombers targeted a stadium, Friday night café crowds and concert hall that has so far, killed at least 128 people. The attacks were carried out by several men with explosive belts and machine guns who began shooting people at random, however, their identities, motives and even exact number of perpetrators remain a mystery.
Three bombs exploded around the national stadium Stade de France, which was filled with spectators watching the French and German national teams. Around the same time, bullets were unleashed in a trendy Paris neighborhood by gunmen who randomly targeted the popular café spot, and according to Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins, killed at least 37.
Attackers then stormed the Bataclan concert hall where they opened fire on the audience and took hostages. According to Paris police chief Michel Cadot, the assailants detonated three explosive belts, killing themselves as police closed in.
Other sites attacked include the Stade de France north of Paris, where four people were killed in two suicide attacks and an explosion, including three of the attackers. La Belle Equipe bar where 18 people died. Le Carillon restaurant where 14 were killed. On Voltaire Blvd. where one person was killed and De la Fontaine au Roi St.where five deaths have been reported.
French authorities said that eight died — seven in suicide bombings, while the eighth was shot and killed by French police.
French president, Francois Hollande says the attacks were an “act of war” orchestrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. In speaking to the nation on Saturday night, he said the attacks on the sites were “committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.”
Hollande has vowed a “merciless” fight against terrorism, saying France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.” France “will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country.”
Hollande has declared a state of emergency, ordering the deployment of an additional 1,500 troops.