Death toll up after terrorists with suicide belts attack Paris locations

Nov 13, 2015 9:41 PM by Debbie Cobb

PARIS (AP) - It's being called one of the deadliest attacks on Paris since World War II. A French prosecutor says the death toll could exceed 120 following attacks on at least six sites including a stadium, a restaurant and a concert hall, where at least 100 people were killed. One official says security forces found "carnage" inside the music hall. An American band, Eagles of Death Metal, was due to be performing. A spokesman for the band says efforts are being made to contact members. An official says at least five attackers have been killed.

A state of emergency is in effect in all of France's mainland territory and Corsica. The state of emergency allows state authorities to forbid the movement of persons and vehicles at specific times and places. They can also define protected areas and safety areas where the movement of persons is controlled. The state of emergency also allows police to perform house searches day and night -instead of performing them only at daylight.

Meantime, World leaders are expressing shock and solidarity with France following Friday night's attacks in Paris that have left scores dead. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her thoughts are with the victims "of the apparent terrorist attack." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the killings "despicable terrorist attacks." In Washington, President Barack Obama pledged to do whatever possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.

LONDON (AP) - The family of an American journalist who was beheaded by the Islamic State fighter known as "Jihadi John" say a U.S. drone strike targeting the extremist provides little comfort. Diane and John Foley of New Hampshire, the parents of James Foley, say in a statement that the U.S. should spend as much effort finding and rescuing hostages as it does hunting down extremists. James Foley was abducted in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and not heard from again until a video depicting his killing was posted online in August of 2014.


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