On Friday afternoon, as most Americans were looking forward to leaving work, reports started pouring out of Paris of multiple active shooters and coordinated bombing attacks across Paris. At least eight suicide bombers detonated their explosives at key attractions around the city, which were bustling with activity at the start of the weekend’s festivities.
Several bombs were detonated near the Stade de France (soccer stadium) as France played world champion Germany in front of tens of thousands of fans, including French President Francois Hollande, who was rushed to safety by French security services, after which he convened an emergency meeting of his cabinet secretaries.
At the same time, several popular restaurants and bars were attacked by terrorists, plus the Bataclan concert hall where at least eighty fans of the American band Eagles of Death Metal were killed as terrorists stormed the venue, firing into the crowd as they screamed “Allah Akbar!” an Islamic phrase meaning “god is greatest”. Witnesses report the gunfire lasted ten to fifteen minutes before the attackers clashed with the police. Four attackers were killed, including three rigged with suicide vests.