November 21, 2015

Paris terror attacks: The 25 images that define the tragedy in France

On November 13, 2015 three teams of Islamic State jihadists launched coordinated assaults on Paris leaving 129 dead and hundreds injured. Concertgoers at the Bataclan theatre, diners at several bars and restaurants and football fans at the Stade de France were among the victims in the worst-ever terror attack on French soil. Seven attackers were killed or blew themselves up during the assault, while suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed during a massive police raid on an apartment just outside Paris on Wednesday.
 American rock group Eagles of Death Metal performing on stage at the Bataclan concert hall moments before four men armed with assault rifles and shouting 'Allahu akbar' ('God is great!') stormed into the venue
 Wounded people are evacuated from the Bataclan theatre
 A woman hangs by her fingertips from a window during the terror attack at the Bataclan
 A lady wrapped in a foil blanket is evacuated from the Bataclan
 Eighty nine people died inside the Bataclan theatre
 People hug on the street near the Bataclan concert hall following the attacks in Paris
 Attackers opened fire on the Petit Cambodge Cambodian restaurant in Rue Bichat, and the Le Carillon bar on the other side of the road
 With devastating coolness the jihadists gunned down 15 diners and revellers at the two venues
 The first explosion went off near the Stade de France, where president Francois Hollande was at a football match between France and Germany
 One person was killed in the blast
 Wounded people are evacuated from the Stade de France in Paris
 Artist Jean Jullien tweeted this poignant image as the news about the terrorist atrocities in Paris unfolded
 France struck back at the heart of Islamic State, launching 20 airstrikes on the Syrian town of Raqqa, the defacto capital of the 'caliphate'. In a joint operation with US forces, targets including a command post, a recruitment centre for jihadists, an arms depot and a terrorist training camp were destroyed, according to the French defence ministry.
 US President Barack Obama met Russian President Vladimir Putin for a 30 minute discussion at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. They spoke about Syria which represented a significant change of tone between the two nations in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
People observe a minute of silence in front of La Casa Nostra pizza restaurant to pay tribute to victims of the attacks in Paris
 From L) French Minister for Higher Education and Research Thierry Mandon, French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French President Francois Hollande and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls observe a minute of silence at the Sorbonne University in Paris
 People gather in front of a memorial along a police cordon set-up close to the Bataclan concert hall two days after a series of deadly attacks in Paris, France
 Players come together for the minutes silence to remember those who lost their lives in the recent Paris attack prior to the International Friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium in London
A French flag hangs from a bullet hole in the window of a restaurant on Rue de Charonne
 Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud was named by a French official as the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks. The official said he has been linked to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church in the Paris area.
 Two terror suspects were killed during a raid by elite French SWAT forces at Saint Denis, a north-eastern Paris suburb. A female suicide bomber blew herself up seconds after police opened fire at around 4.20am local time in du Courbillon in the multi-ethnic working class district that is a stone’s throw from the Stade de France.
 Seven people were arrested during the raid in St Denis
 People mix the wax of candles with the French colours outside the French embassy in Lima, Peru, during a ceremony in homage to the victims of the deadly attacks in Paris
People gather for a national service for the victims of the terror attack at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

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