Paris terror attacks: France declares state of emergency
Islamabad, Pakistan: Monitoring Desk: France has declared a state of emergency in the country after 3 terror attacks killing 60 people. This is first emergency since 1944-45 and that was the end WW II. Military has been given order to take the control of the situation.
French President Francois Hollande says he is closing the country’s borders and declaring a state of emergency. He has called emergent meeting of defence council on Saturday morning, said French media. French President Francois Hollande will not attend the upcoming G20 in Turkey due to security concerns.
It may be mentioned that Paris rocked with coordinated terror attacks that including two suicide bombings and two firing incidents conducted by terrorists at different parts of the city including outside the stade de France stadium where French President was watching France-Germany friendly match. At least 60 people were found dead in coordinated terrorist attacks at different places due to firing and suicide bombings. Reports suggest that over 100 persons are hostages in the hands of terrorists. The French publication Liberation report that gunmen opened fire near the Carillon bar and Cambodge restaurant in the 10th arrondisement while gunfire has also been reported in the area of the Bataclan theater in the 11th arrondisement, where police reportedly say that hostages have been taken.
World leaders have condemned Paris terror attacks and called it an attack on humanity by senseless people.
President Barack Obama offered his support to the French people at a press conference Friday evening.
“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians,” Obama said. “This is not an attack just on Paris. This is not an attack on all of France. This is an attack on all of humanity and the values we share.”
His address was unscheduled and immediate. He said:
“This is a heartbreaking situation, and obviously those of us in the United States know what that’s like,” President Obama said in his address, which occurred at approximately 5:45pm EST. “We will work with the French people and nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and prevent them from going after more people.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his deep condolences for the “series of monstrous terrorist attacks in Paris.” He has offered his solidarity to French President Francois Hollande and to the people of France, the Kremlin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov told RIA. Peskov added that Russia condemns such acts, and will offer any help it can to bring those responsible for attacks to justice.
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday said he was “deeply shocked” by the deadly attacks in Paris, offering “thoughts and prayers” to the French people.
“I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help,” Cameron said via his Twitter account.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond also tweeted: “Deeply shocked by appalling attacks in Paris tonight. My thoughts are with victims and their loved ones. Concerned by reports of hostages taken.”
A Foreign Office statement said it is in close touch with the French authorities and are urgently investigating whether any British nationals are caught up in them.