As many people will have known by now, Paris experienced a terrible tragedy Friday night when it was hit by several simultaneous attacks. Over 120 people were killed by gunmen and suicide bombers in various locations including a concert hall, restaurants and outside a football stadium.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for this and French President Francois Hollande also said it was committed by the Islamic fundamentalist group. If true, it would be a scary step up for IS (also known as Daesh and before as ISIS) who have been waging war across parts of Iraq and Syria for over a year now. That they can coordinate attacks in a large European city is very worrying. It was just a few weeks ago that the group claimed it had brought down a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai region. In a public notice sent out, IS claimed that France was their main Western target because it had insulted their Prophet and had taken part in recent air attacks against IS in Syria.
It was a big shock to wake up in the morning and suddenly read about such a huge terror attack in such a major international city, especially one that I had just visited less than a month ago. I was only there for less than a week but the city made a big impression on me.
All we can do now is pray or spare a thought for Paris and the victims and keep in mind there are some terrible conflicts going on around the world, especially the evil that is IS/ISIS/Daesh.