Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 18 – French authorities have identified the kamikazes who were responsible for the attacks that occurred on the 13th of November 2015 in the capital of France.
Among the victims that either lost their lives during the shootings, or got heavily wounded, 89 were attending a concert at the Bataclan rock venue, 19 were on the terrace of the restaurant La Belle Equipe, on Charonne street, 15 were in front of the restaurant Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon bar, at the corner of the Bichat and Alibert, and 5 were outside the Café Bonne Bière, on Fontaine-au-Roi street.
“We were attending a concert when a terrorist got in and started shooting people, randomly!” said an eyes witness and survivor artist from the Bataclan Venue. “People didn’t try to escape. Everyone was trying to protect his friends. No one wanted to leave the bodies lying down on the floor. We did not believe what was happening. A state of numbness made the catastrophe worse. A lot of people could have survived if they had reacted in a different way. Some of us had tried to seek refuge in the loges, but we were followed. The police arrived at the scene when a lot of blood had been splattered.”
French media reported that three brothers are responsible. Suicide bomber, Ibrahim Abdeslam, blew himself up outside the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant. Salah Abdeslam, the second brother and a French national, left the country with two accomplices and were not arrested on time. The third brother, Mohamed Abdeslam, was released on Monday without charge, saying he had no connection with his brothers and their acts. Having killed 89 people in the Bataclan concert hall, Omar and Ismail Mostefai’s, father and brother are currently in custody. Furthermore, a Syrian passport with the name Ahmad Al Mohammad was found on one of the suicide bombers, according to French prosecutor’s office. While the authenticity of the passport is still questioned, analysts say that false Syrian passports can easily be obtained.
French police announced that “investigations are in process. Quick conclusions are ruled out. A serious plan of action is being developed by officials and specialist highly qualified.” But criticism rushed in shortly after the news fled international screens. Skepticism and fear kicked the Parisian weekend spirit out this end of week. Drastic measures have even made their way to surrounding countries, as more clues were being found and analyzed. While the French people gathered on Sunday night in Paris to mourn from the victims the attacks, several arrests in multiple countries, such as Germany, Belgium and France itself, have been made.
Another clue which could help in the investigation process is the recovery of several cell phones from the different scenes of the attacks which are believed to belong to the attackers, according to the officials. The phones contained a message communicating, “Ok, we’re ready” and was sent before the attacks began. Encrypted cell phone applications were also found and have left no trace of messages or indication of people who received these messages.
Considering that “France is at war”, French President François Hollande called on the rest of Europe to control its borders and confirmed his intention to prolong France’s state of emergency for three months. Political analysts didn’t hesitate to tie the nods between the Russian airplane crash over Egypt’s desert, the bombings of Beirut in Lebanon, and the Paris attacks. “ISIS is no longer a terrorist organization”, announced the French president following an urgent phone call with his American colleague. “It is to be dealt with as an organized armed state.” French politicians added they could not accept European collaboration with ISIS. Some nations are buying oil from the terrorist state. We will be addressing the issue in Brussels.”
After the attacks, French media had a reaction different from the one it had after Charlie Hebdo’s attacks, earlier in 2015. In an effort to minimize extremis reactions, anchors were repeating the need of distinction between Muslims and terrorists. After January’s 7th shootings, the French had fell in the trap of xenophobia and racist speeches were heard around the hexagon. In the pursuit of coverage, media had reported the analysis of the French extreme right party under the presidency of LePen. The movements currently classified in the extreme right in Europe were then accused of racism and xenophobia because of their general hostility to immigration and openly racist positions claimed by some.