At Least 127 Dead in Multiple Paris Terror Attacks; Hollande Says ISIS Responsible
Islamic State group (ISIS) has claimed credit for the coordinated series of terror attacks in Paris Friday which have left at least 127 dead in a move that will be seen as a significant escalation of the terrorist group's efforts in the West.
Having already been blamed for the attacks by French president Francois Hollande, ISIS, the jihadi group that has established a self-proclaimed caliphate across great swaths of Iraq and Syria, has now publicly taken responsibility for the attacks in a statement issued in French and Arabic. The statement claims the attacks will cause a minimum of 200 deaths. The current official death toll stands at 127 though 80 people remain in a critical condition in hospital with officials saying the death toll is likely to rise.
The statement, which can be read in full below, initially quotes the Quran and then sets out exactly what happened in Paris on Friday night. "Eight brothers wearing explosive belts and assault weapons targeted areas carefully chosen in the heart of the French capital," the statement reads.
Calling Paris, "the capital of abominations and perversion, the one that carries the banner of the cross in Europe" ISIS dubbed Hollande an imbecile while those attending the Bataclan concert hall where the largest number of fatalities happened, are called "idolators." Detailing the coordinated and simultaneous attacks in the 10, 11 and 18 arrondissement, ISIS said "the ground of Paris trembled under their feet and its roads became too tight for them."