A victim under a sheet lies dead outside the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015. (Jerome Delay / AP)
It was truly a horrifying Friday the 13th when coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris, France killed at least 129 people and injured more than 350 others — all in a matter of minutes. The assaults unfolded at various locations throughout the French capital and its suburbs, among them restaurants, a popular nightclub, and a soccer stadium. Seven suspects are dead, six from blowing themselves up, authorities said, and one shot by police. Their attacks all began around 9:30 p.m. local time, or 3:30 p.m. EST.
Below is a timeline of the chaos, as recounted by Paris prosecutor François Molins at a news conference Saturday:
First Suicide Bombing Near Stadium
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt near Gate D of the Stade de France, the country’s national stadium in the northern Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, as the French and German national teams square off. The blast by a suicide bomber using an explosive belt packed with bolts kills the bomber and another person. A Syrian passport of a person born in 1990 would be found near the bomber’s body. French President François Hollande, who is among the spectators at the match, is evacuated from the stadium after the blast, but the game continues. France wins.
In the 10th arrondissement of Paris — a neighborhood that’s home to many bars, restaurants and cafes on the banks surrounding the Canal St. Martin — gunmen in a black vehicle wielding Kalashnikovs open fire on patrons at the Le Carillon bar and at Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurant. Fifteen people are killed and 10 suffered critical injuries, Molins said. Investigators would later find around 100 spent casings of different calibers at the scene.
Second Suicide Bombing Near Stadium
A suicide bomber detonates an explosive vest near Gate H of the stadium, but only the bomber is killed. An explosive waistcoat, packed with bolts in order to maximize the damage, is identical to the one used in the earlier stadium attack.
Gunmen in a black vehicle opened fire at the Cafe Bonne Bière on Rue de la Fontaine au Roi in the 11th arrondissement, killing 5 people and seriously wounding 8 others. Again, witnesses report that the shooters were in a black vehicle.
At the Belle Equipe, a popular bar in the 11th arrondissement, shooters in a black vehicle gun down 19 people using assault weapons. Nine people are wounded. A woman who hears gunshots and looked out her window said she “saw people on the ground, some motionless and [others] curled who were scared to move.” One of the gunmen was on foot and another was in the car during the attack, she said. Around 100 spent casings of different calibers were later found. Like in the previous shootings, the they included 7.62 mm, the kind used in Kalashnikovs.
Suicide Bombing at Restaurant
A suicide bomber detonated an explosives device identical to those of the first two suicide bombers inside the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant in the 11th arrondissement, seriously wounding one person.
Shooting at Concert Hall
Three gunmen emerge from a black car parked in front of the Bataclan concert hall,”carrying weapons of war,” Molins said. They storm the nightclub, where American band Eagles of Death Metal are playing before a packed crowd, firing bursts as they enter and taking the audience hostage. Then they turn their weapons on the crowd. Concertgoers dropped to the floor, some playing dead. The gunmen fired randomly, pausing to reload several times. “They tried to kill as many people as possible, and they were very calm. They reloaded many times,” Julien Pearce, a French radio reporter who managed to escape, told a news reporter. Eighty-nine were killed. Witnesses reported the attackers cried “Allahu Akbar
This combination of four still images made from a smartphone video by Le Monde French Journalist Daniel Psenny shows spectators fleeing the Bataclan concert hall from the backdoor and windows on November 13, 2015 during a terrorist attack in and around Paris which left at least 128 people dead. Daniel Psenny was later injured as he was trying to help wounded victims of the attack. (Daniel Psenny/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
Third Suicide Bombing Near Stadium
A third explosion occurred about 437 yards from the stadium, and the body of a suicide bomber was found.
November 14 at 12:20 a.m.
Police Raid Concert Hall
Security forces launch an assault at the Bataclan. Three of the attackers are killed: one is shot and the explosive he was carrying detonates. The other two kill themselves using explosive belts as the police assault takes place.