The toll continues to rise in the attacks on Paris, France tonight — with the latest reports suggesting at least 60 dead and more than 100 being held hostage.
While the situation to be very chaotic and fluid, we’re getting some clues as to what might be driving the attacks based on some of the things the gunmen were reported to be shouting right before opening fire.
And if your worst fears upon seeing the initial news was that this was a case of Islamic terrorism, it’s looking like you might very well be right.
Via The Telegraph:
‘Gunmen shouted Allahu Akbar’
Louis, inside the Bataclan, told France Info radio the men opened fire and shouted “Allahu Akbar”.
He only saw silhouettes. He said:The men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell. I took my mum, and we hid. Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out. I was only thinking of escaping.
We’re out now. I think people are still inside.It’s a nightmare – a nightmare.
And, getting a bit more specific, at least one of the gunmen was reported to have shouted this:
‘It’s for Syria’
Henry Samuel reports:
According to BFMTV, one of the gunmen shouted: “It’s for Syria” at Bataclan and Allahu Akbar.
While there has been no official comment on motive, it certainly does not appear this is a simple case of “workplace violence.” Shockingly, even President Obama seems to realize that, calling it an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.” Though, of course, he’s not prepared to speculate on who might be behind it.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]