Friday, November 13, 2015
Mourning the Paris Attacks
Again, the city of Paris was targeted by terrorists earlier today, and events are still developing..
There were four separate attacks, including at the Stade de France, which was packed for a friendly match between Germany and host France. Video shows the game, not even twenty minutes in, suddenly being interrupted as the stadium was rocked by an explosion. The game was cancelled, as suicide bombers exploded themselves nearby, although details have been too sketchy for me to accurately describe things beyond that.
There was another attack at a night club or a concert hall, where an American heavy metal band was playing. As of right now, this remains an active hostage situation.
Another attack was at a shopping mall, and still another attack at a Cambodian restaurant.
Already, the death toll has been confirmed as at least 60 dead, with many more wounded. Those numbers are unfortunately expected to rise.
The city of Paris has been shut down, and people were ordered to go home. In an almost unprecedented scene for such a city on a Friday night, the streets of Paris are right now abandoned.
A state of emergency has been declared throughout France, and the borders of the country have been shut.
For now, no one has claimed responsibility, or at least it has not been announced that anyone has just yet, although this looks similar to prior attacks by Al Qaeda.
In a statement made earlier this evening, President Obama said that the French were America's oldest friends, and have stood by the United States time and again, and that Americans would stand by France now in her hour of need.
Personally, I know not what to say, and am at a loss for words. This is incredibly depressing and worrisome, and is extremely saddening. My heart and thoughts go out to the families of the victims, the city of Paris, and the entire nation of France right now.