Scenes of horror as a Paris night becomes a bloodbath

Paris (AP): The assailants’ weapons were those of war: automatic rifles and suicide belts of explosives. The killing was indiscriminate, spread across a swath of the city, in at least six different sites.

An ordinary Friday night in Paris transformed into a bloodbath. The word Parisians used over and over as they tried to make sense of the horror was “carnage.”


At the packed Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris, the attackers opened fire on a crowd waiting to hear American rock band Eagles of Death Metal perform. One witness told France Info radio he heard them yell “Allahu Akbar” – God is great in Arabic- as they started their killing spree and took hostages.

The city’s police chief, Michel Cadot, said the assailants also wore explosive belts, which they detonated.

About 1.5 kilometres from there, attackers sprayed gunfire at the Belle Equipe bar, busy as ever on a Friday night with patrons unwinding from their week.

One witness, also speaking to French radio, said the dead and wounded dropped “like flies” and that “there was blood everywhere. You feel very alone in moments like that.”
The preliminary death toll there appeared to be 18 dead, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. White sheets were laid over bodies.

To the north, loud explosions reverberated around the national stadium, packed with some 80,000 fans watching France beat Germany in a soccer exhibition match. One of the loud detonations in the chill air so startled French player Patrice Evra that he paused in mid-run, seemingly lost, and kicked away the ball.

A police union official, Gregory Goupil, said the two explosions were suicide attacks and a bombing that killed at least three people — near two of the entrances to the stadium and a McDonalds. The stadium was the first site targeted.

From there, the wave of killings quickly spread. There were 14 dead on one street, five on another, Molins said. The spread of the killings added to the confusion and made a coherent picture slow to form.

But the shock was instantaneous, as was the understanding that this was terror and killing on a scale unseen in Paris since World War II.

“The terrorists, the assassins, sprayed the outsides of several cafes with machine guns and went inside,” Cadot, the police chief, said. “So there were victims in terrible and atrocious states in numerous places.”

At the stadium, fans streamed onto the pitch after the match, preferring the relative safety of inside of the stadium to the chaos outside. Police forensic officers dressed in white scoured the blast sites for evidence.

French President Francois Hollande was quickly evacuated from the stadium and soon after declared a state of emergency.


    • ” West must wake up and exterminate these vermin” – cries joker Praveena Pinto

      You can’t have double standards – One standards for your masters and one for sanaathana dharma. These filthy rats are influenced by same ideology that displaced Kashmeera Pandits. You guys hide under table and ignore attacks on sanaathana dharma. When your foreign masters are under attack, you call for extermination!! Be consistent and show some intellectual honesty!!

      • You can’t have double standards – One standards for your masters and one for sanaathana dharma….. You guys hide under table and ignore attacks on sanaathana dharma.- Sathyu Praku

        Cripes! It looks like all is not OK in your ससुराल …. Oops.. I mean – OK Corral! The outlaws of Mesquite are out hunting, eh? Well, boyo…. you better duck for cover and sit tight in there until they are done. You hear? And while you do just that, open those ears and listen up – real well!

        You see, dear Sathyu, that’s the second time in some 2-3 days that you have dropped your Dhogla Khakhi Chaddis in your hurry to ‘pounce’ on me. You gotta learn how to walk before you even attempt to run! Now.. now….not so fast, buster! Let me address your concerns one by one and at your own sweet pace!

        First of all, I’m as Indian as they come and hence, your puerile reference to “masters” hold no water at all!

        And I trust that little bit of information will hold you in good stead as we continue to exchange pleasantries over the days to come.

        By your repeated dropping of the phrase “sanathana dharma”, do I take it for granted that you are yet another dyed-in-the-wool Chaddi?

        Now, coming to the ‘Kashmiri Pundits’, pray tell me, WHAT exactly are YOU doing about it?

        WHAT is the elected Govt doing about it?

        Do you think that yammering incessantly about some “masters/sisters/brothers” etc is gonna help them? And that too out HERE of all the places?

        Say, your beloved Original chaddi bro from Yumreeka keeps hallucinating about how his DoddaNNA, BoddappaNNA, Israelanna, MankuThimma, AND the RSS are instrumental in curbing curb terrorist elements the world over!

        But then, me no see no RSS Jets taking out the Vermin over Iraqi/Syrian/Afghan skies.

        Me no see no RSS Jets and tanks and armed soldiers helping the Kashmiri Pundits get their land back.

        Me only hears some empty pots making strange sounds from ನಾಗಪೂರ.

        Me only sees and hears about some saffron monkeys beating the bejesus outta girls and boys in pubs and party places in and around Mangalore.

        Me only sees them strutting around in some ridiculous looking fancy dress twirling some bamboo sticks over their grossly misaligned & misshapen heads.

        Come on, I agree that there are PLENTY of flies around.

        But then, for God’s sake – there is something called a fly-swatter!

        And please don’t me that you JUST learnt that from me, will you? Shhhh.. I won’t tell a soul. Don’t you worry!

        What next, mate? You gonna ask me why I didn’t raise my voice during the Bengal Famine?

        Are you gonna ask me why I didn’t Tweet about it? Why I didn’t click pics and send to some Sathya Pakku on Whatsapp?

        And after that, are you gonna ask me why I didn’t kick the Brits out of India way back in the 40’s?

        Get a life, mate.
        Oh, I remembered something.

        Ages back when i was a kid, we used to have a neighbor. He had something in common with you – yes – the very same name – Sathya Prakaasha (AND his name ‘Prakaasha’ had TWO ‘a”s in it – JUST like your’s.)

        The fellow wasn’t too bright and I always had this gut-feeling that his parents tried to offset that ‘trial-by-error’ by calling him ಪ್ರಕಾಶ. He went missing many years back, but then, I haven’t forgotten that simple-minded fella.

        Say, are you him by any chance? I mean, it sure explains the ‘familiarity’ you exhibit out here and that too on extremely short notice. 🙂

      • You can’t have double standards – One standards for your masters and one for sanaathana dharma. These filthy rats are influenced by same ideology that displaced Kashmeera Pandits. – Some Sathyu Prakku

        Hahahaha! This chap is mimicking our Rampu’ji. What masters and what sisters, man? What are you tripping on, Sathyu?

        Hello Joker, you want me to rail against what happened from say 1985 – 1990? If the Congress allegedly did nothing about it, wasn’t the BJP in power from March 98 – 2004? What were your beloved masters doing then?

        What next? You want me to speak about the Bengal famine too?

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