Chronology of events Friday night 9 p.m.—The Frenc...



Paris Terror Attacks

  • Chronology of events Friday night

    9 p.m.—The French and German national soccer teams face off in the Stade de France stadium. French president Francois Hollande is in the crowd. Across town, the Eagles of Death Metal concert begins at the Bataclan concert hall.

    9:20 p.m.—A man wearing a suicide vest detonates his bomb at Gate D outside the stadium, killing himself and one bystander. A Syrian passport is found by his body. The blast is audible, witnesses at the game told the Associated Press. The match continues.

    9:25 p.m.—Gunmen in a rented car open fire on crowds at a bar and restaurant on Rue Alibert in the 10th arrondissement. They attack Le Carillon first, spraying the outside of the bar with bullets. Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant across the street from the bar, is also attacked. 15 people die and 15 are injured. The gunmen leave behind over 100 shell casings of different calibers.

    9:30 p.m.—A second suicide bomber detonates his vest outside the stadium at Gate H. No one else was killed in the attack.

    9:32 p.m.—Gunmen in a rented car open fire on La Bonne Biere bar on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. Five people are killed. Eight people are injured. The gunmen use at least 100 bullets.

    9:36 p.m.—Gunmen in a rented car attack La Belle Equipe bar on Rue Charonne in the 11th arrondissement. The attackers kill 19 people. Another 100 shell casings are found on the ground.

    9:40 p.m.—A black Volkswagen pulls up outside the Bataclan concert hall on Boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement. Three gunmen enter the venue and open fire. They are also strapped with explosives. The American rock band Eagles of Death Metal is performing onstage. The concert is sold out, with a full house of about 1,500, the AP reports. The music is loud, and people do not realize what has happened until after the gunmen have already begun shooting. Concertgoers escape through side doors, some dragging bodies with them. Some do not escape in time. A hostage situation has begun. 89 people have been killed inside the Bataclan.

    One of the hostage takers has since been identified. Just shy of 30 years old, the French national had been convicted eight times between 2004 and 2010 for minor crimes, and had been flagged for ties to Islamic radicals. One attacker was reported to have shouted “God is great” in Arabic during the attack. The BBC reports that one witness heard a gunman blame Hollande for intervening in Syria.

    Further down the street from the Bataclan, a suicide bomber detonates his vest. He is the only victim.

    9:53 p.m.—Another suicide bomber detonates his vest less than a half-mile from the stadium. He is the only victim.

    Shortly before midnight, Hollande declares a state of emergency across the nation. Borders are sealed, leaving many stranded both inside and outside the country.

    12:20 a.m.—Elite security forces storm the Bataclan. Two of the gunmen set off the explosives strapped to their bodies. A third gunman is shot, causing his vest to explode.

    The Associated Press interviewed Philippe Juvin, an emergency room doctor at the Georges Pompidou hospital. Juvin said he has never had to attend to so many victims at one time.

    “The majority were gunshot wounds inflicted with weapons of war, of high caliber… Also, the psychological trauma, the people that witness these events are deeply affected. Even if some may not be physically injured, it hurts their soul."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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