The Eiffel Tower stood dark in a symbol of mourning Saturday night as France struggled to come to grips with the deadliest attack on its soil since World War II. The co-ordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris a night before left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured.
In a symbolic sign of solidarity, many of the world’s landmark monuments and buildings illuminated in French flag color (see tweet below).
The French government confirmed that terrorist militant faction, Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility, a claim that American, French and other have officials haven’t yet disputed. François Hollande, the French President, has vowed that France would wage “merciless war” on its enemies, as investigators uncovered possible links to networks in Belgium and Syria.
According to BBC, one of the seven attackers has been identified as the investigation picks up pace. “The attacker was named as Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin. Six people close to him were reportedly taken into custody on Saturday morning.” There were also reports that French Police found a black Seat car they suspect was used to attack two restaurants on Friday evening.
According to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, three groups of attackers, including seven suicide bombers, carried out the barbaric act that wrecked mayhem across Paris on Friday. Molins said that the attackers in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed, mentioned Syria and Iraq while carrying out the ruthless attacks. A latest CBS report claims that of the hundreds wounded in the six attacks, at least 99 were in critical condition.