“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,” the group said in a statement obtained by the New York Times.
“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 statement added.
The group further claimed that the attacks were “first of the storm”, and calling France the “capital of prostitution and obscenity.”
French President Francois Hollande has reacted strongly to the incident, and has vowed to be ruthless with the group.
“It’s an act of war, committed by a terrorist army Daesh [ISIS], an army of Jihadists, against France,” Hollande said.