By Jason Ribbons
On Friday the 13th, 2015, a series of attacks in downtown Paris sent the city into panic. France shut its borders within hours of the suicide bombings and armed takeover of the Bataclan theater. With multiple suicide bombings and armed gunmen running the street, it was a worse version of the not-too geographically distant Charlie Hedbo attacks.
The worst carnage occurred at Bataclan, with at least 112 left dead. A journalist who was at a rock concert there escaped and told CNN: “We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.” Others reported that the assailants entered shouting “Allah akbar,” indicating it was very likely organized by religous extremists.
Although Paris police register that 5 assailants were neutralized, including 4 at the Bataclan of which 3 were wearing explosive belts. Two of the terrorists died during police action, and it is unclear whether other assailants are still running around Paris. Now, after these coordianted attacks that included suicide bombers national stadium during an international game, armed assailants in a theater/concert hall, and automatic weapons at a Cambodian restaurant: the people are understandably worried.