by Annie Namata

On the evening of November 13th 2015, horror struck. A series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, France, and its Northern suburb Saint-Denis. The attackers killed 130 people and left 368 people injured, whilst 7 of the attackers died. These attacks were said to be the deadliest on France since WWII, and the deadliest in the European union since the Madrid train bombings in 2004. Since the attacks in France in January that killed 17 people, the country had been on high alert. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took responsibility for issuing the attacks, saying they were retaliation for the Airstrikes France launched on ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq. The president of France, François Hollande claimed that the attacks on Paris were an act of war on behalf of ISIL, planned in Syria, and organised in Belgium. On November 15, France launched the biggest airstrike of Operation Chammal, a French military operation, in an attempt to contain the expansion of ISIL and to support the Iraqi army. On November 18th Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected leader of the attacks, was killed in a police raid in Saint-Denis. The attacks carried out as following…

On November 13 at 9:20, the first suicide bombing occurred near the Stade de France, France’s national sports stadium, while France played Germany in a soccer match. The second attack took place five minutes later at 9:25, a shooting at Rue Bichat outside le Carllon Cafe and Bar and le Petit Cambodge restaurant where 15 people were killed. The next attack took place at 9:30, another suicide bombing near the Stade de France. At 9:32, a shooting occurred at the Rue de la Fontaine-au-roi. Four minutes later at 9:36, there was another shooting at le Rue de Caronne. Then at 9:40, an additional suicide bombing took place on Boulevard Voltaire, and at the same time three men entered the Bataclan theatre and began to shoot. At 9:53 a third suicide bombing near the Stade de France occurred. Then at 10:00, hostages were taken from the Bataclan, and security forces soon sieged the theater.