7 terrorists detonated suicide bombs in horrific Paris attacks, official says
Terror tactics that have become sadly associated with the Middle East were brought to the streets of the French capital Friday in multiple attacks that employed seven suicide bombs and left scores of people dead, including at least 100 who were being held hostage in a concert hall.
French investigators began to try and make sense of the chaos left in the aftermath of the bloody attack on the Bataclan concert hall, where police said the bodies of more than 110 victims remained inside.
Officers said forensic teams were examining the bodies for clues about the attack, in which the terrorists triggered explosives and fired into the packed hall during a performance by the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal.
Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office told the Associated Press early Saturday that eight terrorists died in the attacks, seven of them in suicide bombings. The eighth was killed by security forces when they raided the concert hall. She added that it's possible that terrorists tied to the attacks remain at large.
Overall, at least 120 people were killed in the attacks at six sites across the city, Thibault-Lecuivre said.
In addition to the scores of victims at the concert venue, at least 11 died in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and at least three died when bombs went off outside a stadium, police said.
It was the bloodiest day for France since World War II and comes just 11 months after 16 people were killed in the attacks on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store.