ISIS released a video on Saturday claiming responsibility for the Friday attacks that killed over 120 people and wounded more than 200 across Paris.
In the video, a militant threatens to pursue attacks if France continues “bombing” and incites French Muslims to carry out attacks.
“This attack is just the beginning of the storm… Eight brothers targeted sites that were meticulously chosen in advance in the heart of the city… As long as you keep bombing you will not live in peace. You will even fear traveling to the market,” said the bearded man.
The Islamist State also said in a written document that “France and those who follow its path must know that they remain the main targets of the Islamist State and that they will continue smelling the odor of death for leading the crusade, for having insulted our Prophet, for bragging that they’re fighting against Islam in France and hit Muslims in Califat lands with their planes which didn’t help them in any way in the streets of Paris.”
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Witnesses who were inside the Bataclan theater, one of the main sites of the attack where about 80 hostages were slaughtered, said the gunmen shouted “Francois Hollande should not intervene in Syria” and screamed “This is for Syria” before firing shots.
Reacting to the unprecedented attacks, Francois Hollande declared last night that the country had been placed under a State of Emergency and passed several measures, including the shutting down of borders and the mobilization of all police and military forces on the ground to track down terrorists all across France. So far eight attackers are dead — seven of them blew themselves up — and police say there could be more terrorists on the run and more attacks in the days to come.
Hollande also declared three days of national grieving. Schools, museums, parks including Disneyland Paris, and various department stores are shut show. A number of events, including U2’s concert, and film premieres have been canceled as well.