The jihadist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for Friday night’s barbaric murders in Paris, France that left at least 127 dead. France’s President Francois Hollande has deemed the attacks an act of war and vows retribution.
Reports the Associated Press:
Hollande said at least 127 people died Friday night when at least eight attackers launched gun attacks at Paris cafes, detonated suicide bombs near France’s national stadium and killed hostages inside a concert hall during a rock show. More than 200 people were injured, dozens critically.
Hollande, who declared three days of national mourning and raised the nation’s security to its highest level, called the carnage “an act of war that was prepared, organized, planned from abroad with internal help.”
The Islamic State group’s claim of responsibility appeared in Arabic and French in an online statement circulated by IS supporters. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the admission, which bore the group’s logo and resembled previous verified statements from the group. The statement mocked France’s involvement in air attacks on suspected IS bases in Syria and Iraq, noting that France’s air power was “of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris.”
Reportedly eight of the attackers died—seven of them by suicide while the eighth was shot and killed by police.
The world has been rallying behind Paris during this tumultuous times with cities, nations, world leaders and celebrities taking to social media and other methods to show their support.
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