Parents’ agony as they appeal for help finding sons and daughters: Relatives wait to hear if their children, including Britons, were among 127 people killed in ISIS Paris attack declared ‘act of war’
Distraught family and friends have launched a desperate search for loved ones – including a British man – feared dead in the ISIS Paris massacre.
At least 127 people have killed and more than 300 taken to hospital after eight militants carried out a series of co-ordinated attacks across the French capital that placed the country in a state of nationwide emergency.
As chaos, confusion and fear continues to grip the city, people around the world are taking to Twitter in the hope of finding news of the missing.
People have been sharing pictures and information about the missing with the hashtag ‘RechercheParis’ – which means ‘search Paris’ – and it has now spawned its own Twitter accounts and Facebook page.
Many of those missing were at the Bataclan concert hall last night, where as many 80 people were shot dead during a heavy metal gig
Among them was Nick Alexander, thought to be originally from Colchester in Essex. The Foreign Office said it is ‘investigating’ reports of British casualties.
Other messages posted on Twitter including one from Bataclan (@jesuisbataclan1) which read: ‘Searching for Precilla Correia, who was at Bataclan with Manu Perez.’
Severine Kimmel (@severinekimmel) wrote: ‘I am desperate without news of my friend Gaëlle, who was at Bataclan. Have you seen her?’
Zoe Njoy wrote on Facebook: ‘Still no news of our friend Hugo Sarrade who was at Bataclan last night… Has someone seen him?’
Francois Hollande accused ISIS of orchestrating the worst attacks in France for more than 70 years, declaring it an ‘act of war’ and vowing to ‘mercilessly’ strike back against the jihadi ‘barbarians’.
In a televised address, the French President said the attacks were ‘committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: a free country that means something to the whole planet’.
ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks in revenge for French air strikes in Iraq and Syria and warned: ‘This is just the start of a storm’. It was also reported that one of the suicide bombers was found with a Syrian passport.
Police are also hunting accomplices amid fears of further attacks, with the arrest of a 51-year-old man in Germany last week after firearms were discovered in his car now being linked to the atrocities, according to media reports.
Police are also reportedly chasing a car containing four ‘heavily armed men’ who stormed through a police road block as they headed towards Paris.