Terrorist Attacks in Paris: Gunfire and Bombs kill at least 120 people

France is in a state of emergency after at least 120 people die in the Paris terrorist attacks. These attacks took place at different places, at bars, restaurants and five different sites within the French capital. Eight of the attackers in the Paris shootings are confirmed dead.

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The police are trying to figure out if there were any accomplices of the Paris attackers who are still roaming free. Residents of the city are ordered to stay inside their homes. Thousands of troops have been deployed across the city.

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No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, however, one of the hostages at the Bataclan said that he had overheard one of the attackers sympathize with the Islamic State. The carnage at the Bataclan claimed most lives where a concert of an American rock groups was in progress.

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These terrorist attacks in Paris and bombing came during the busiest time of the day in the heart of France. The terrorists also seemed to have targeted customers are restaurants.

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After the extent of the carnage became clear, the French president took to the Television announcing a state of emergency. This is the first time such measures have been taken in France since 2005. Authorities are now able to impose curfews and restrict movements of the citizens.

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Paris terror attacks are the worst nightmare of the European security agencies that has come true. They have foiled several such attacks targeted at civilians in the heart of Europe. These tactics have been used previously on several occasions in Asian countries. How they came to Europe is something that is not yet clear.

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It is also not clear whether the attackers were citizens of France. If they were indeed French citizens, how and where they were radicalized? Where they met? From where they obtained weapons?Who was the organizer? And above all, why weren’t they detected?

France has been the scene of two deadly terrorist attacks. Does is mean that all of Europe is vulnerable?

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Bill Schroder

Bill Schroder is a Beirut-based correspondent for The World Beast. He has reported from over a dozen countries in the Middle East for such publications. Follow: Tweets by @SchroderBill