ISLAMIC State has officially claimed responsibility for a wave of simultaneous terrorist attacks that have left at least 127 people dead and hundreds more wounded across Paris.
In an official statement released online overnight, the militant group said eight of its fighters strapped with suicide bombs and armed with machine guns carried out the attacks on “carefully studied” targets within the heart of the capital.
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Targets included a sold-out rock concert at the Bataclan theatre, an international soccer match at the national football stadium and a string of restaurants and bars across the city.
The deadliest attack unfolded inside the Bataclan theatre where it’s reported up to 80 people were killed when suicide bombers armed with machine guns opened fire and activated their suicide belts after running out of ammunition.
According to the statement, the attacks were in response to France’s air-strike campaign against ISIS in Syria.
France’s President Francois Hollande said the attacks were “act of war” committed by a “terrorist army”.