Paris Attacks Update: ISIS Claimed Responsibility For Carnage
The Paris attacks on Friday night that took at least 127 lives including those in the Bataclan stadium is an act committed by the Islamic State as what statements from one of the terror group's encrypted messaging account affirmed.
According to NY Times, the messages declared that the attack is 'the first of the storm' further decrying France as the 'capital of prostitution and obscenity.'
The messages translated into Arabic, English and French have now been passed on among Twitter users who support ISIS as what the jihadist propagranda website, SITE Intelligence Group claimed. The same site is said to be responsible in sending messages about the recent Russian jet crash tragedy in the Sinai Peninsula a few weeks ago that claimed at least 224 people.
Another statement posted online said to be from ISIS supporters further explained the intention and strategies of the terrorist group that had reaped at least 87 lives (figures from Entertainment Weekly) inside the Bataclan Stadium and 120 including other attacks around Paris.
"Eight brothers, wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles, targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France including the Stade de France during the match between the Crusader German and French teams, where the fool of France, François Hollande, was present."
"Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State," the group said.
Since the attacks, nations including the United States has expressed mourning over France's loss with the US particularly watching over American citizens affected by the attacks.
"The United States Embassy in Paris is working round the clock to assist American citizens affected by this tragedy. The U.S. government is working closely with French authorities to identify American victims. We are aware there are Americans among the injured, and are offering them the full range of consular assistance," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner announced on Saturday according to CNN.
Meanwhile, other Muslims who are non-supporters of the Islamic States expressed their backlash against the terrorist group, Entertainment Weekly said.
Written in the blog Al Kanza witih its founder Fateh Kimouche, popular for its anti-terrorist leanings, aired their sympathy towards France saying, The Muslim community is in mourning like the rest of the French, but also in the anxiety of retaliation."