November 29, 2015

Day 333

Shootouts In Tamaulipas Leave 7 Dead

by "Valor"

As originally posted on: Borderland Beat
November 28, 2015

Shootouts between the police and alleged criminals, occurring both Thursday and Friday in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, left seven dead.

First, on Thursday, the Coordination Group of Tamaulipas (GCT) reported that: state police belonging to the Fuerza Tamaulipas (Tamaulipas Force) were attacked on two occasions by members of a criminal group, leaving two dead in the line of duty, while a policewoman was injured, along with an innocent bystander.

In the first attack, which occurred shortly after 19:00 hours in Independencia street located at the center of the border municipality, two unidentified gunmen who were driving in a sports car were killed.

During this attack, state policeman Ramón Zúñiga died, while a policewoman was injured by a gunshot. Her condition was reported as stable and out of danger.

During the second attack, the state police were searching for the assailants, who were also attacked by armed gunmen at the crossing of the streets Independencia and Galeana, leaving Officer José Dionisio Bañuelos Chavira dead while an innocent bystander was injured.

The attackers, who were traveling in several vehicles, created blockades in some parts of the city in order to evade federal forces who were sent in to support the forces of the Fuerza Tamaulipas. The assailants escaped taking exit roads to Reynosa, Río Bravo and Valle Hermoso.

The blockades were subsequently removed by the military and federal authorities, which secured three rifles, two pistols, magazines, cartridges, and a car.

Meanwhile on Friday, the group reported on three more deaths in the municipality of Río Bravo:

“…state police of the Fuerza Tamaulipas were attacked by members of a criminal group. Repelling the aggression, three gunmen were gunned down.

The attack occurred at 4:25 am at the crossing of the streets Guanajuato and Pípila, in the district Fundadores of this border town.

The state police conducted ground reconnaissance at that point of the municipality when they were suddenly attacked by gunmen who were onboard a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with Texas plates.

In defense of their lives, the forces of the Fuerza Tamualipas repelled the attack, killing three criminals who have not yet been identified and who were between 20-25 years old.

Inside the Jeep, rifles, magazines, rounds of ammunition and two cell phones were secured, which were made available to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Federation.”

Source: Aristegui Noticias

November 28, 2015

Day 332

Suspect in custody after shooting at Planned Parenthood

by Sadie Gurman

As originally posted on: The Big Story
November 28, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A gunman burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic and opened fire, launching several gunbattles and an hourslong standoff with police as patients and staff took cover under furniture and inside locked rooms. By the time the shooter surrendered, three people were killed — including a police officer — and nine others were wounded, authorities said.

For hours, police had no communication with the shooter other than intermittent gunfire from inside the Colorado Springs clinic. As the standoff progressed, officers inside the building herded people into one area and evacuated others.

Officers eventually moved in, shouted at the gunman and persuaded him to surrender, police said. About five hours after the attack started, authorities led away a man wearing a white T-shirt.

Police identified him as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina. Jail booking records indicate Dear is due in court on Monday.

Few other details about the suspect were immediately available, including whether he had any connection to Planned Parenthood.

"We don't have any information on this individual's mentality, or his ideas or ideology," Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley told reporters on Friday. She said Saturday that investigators expect to study the crime scene for several days looking for clues.

Dear spent time at a small cabin in North Carolina with no electricity or running water about a half-mile up a twisty dirt road near Black Mountain, a neighbor said. On Saturday, there was a cross made of twigs on the wall of the pale yellow shack.

"If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive — topics all over place," said James Russell, who lives a few hundred feet down the mountain.

Back in Colorado, Planned Parenthood said all of its staff at the clinic was safe. The organization said it did not know the circumstances or motives behind the attack or whether the organization was the target.

The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs police department identified the officer killed as 44-year-old Garrett Swasey, a six-year veteran of the force. He was married and had a son and daughter, according to the website of his church, Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs.

There were no immediate details about the two civilians killed in the attack. Five officers and four others were hospitalized in good condition, police said.

"Certainly it could have been much, much worse if it were not for the heroism of our police officers to corner the person in the building," Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley said.

President Barack Obama condemned the violence.

"This is not normal. We can't let it become normal," he said in a statement. "If we truly care about this — if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough."

Witnesses described a chaotic scene when the shooting first started just before noon.

Ozy Licano was in the two-story building's parking lot when he saw someone crawling toward the clinic's door. He tried to escape in his car when the gunman looked at him.

"He came out, and we looked each other in the eye, and he started aiming, and then he started shooting," Licano said. "I saw two holes go right through my windshield as I was trying to quickly back up and he just kept shooting and I started bleeding."

Licano drove away and took refuge at a nearby grocery store.

"He was aiming for my head," he said of the gunman. "It's just weird to stare in the face of someone like that. And he didn't win."

Inside, terrified patients and staff hid wherever they could find cover. Jennifer Motolinia ducked under a table and called her brother, Joan, to leave him final instructions for the care of her three children in case the gunman found her.

Joan Motolinia said he could hear gunshots in the background as his sister spoke. "She was telling me to take care of her babies because she could get killed," he said.

For others, the first sign that something was wrong was when police officers appeared and ushered people to the building's second floor. Planned Parenthood employee Cynthia Garcia told her mother, Tina Garcia, that the officers wouldn't say why they were gathering everybody together — then she heard the gunshots.

Her daughter and the others were holed up there for hours while the standoff continued, Tina Garcia said.

Some people managed to escape the building and flee to a nearby bank. An armored vehicle was seen taking evacuees away from the clinic to ambulances waiting nearby.

With the immediate threat over, authorities swept the building and turned their attention to inspecting unspecified items the gunman left outside the building and carried inside in bags. They were concerned that he had planted improvised explosive devices meant to cause even more destruction.

Buckley, the police lieutenant, said Saturday that the items Dear brought to the scene were "no longer a threat," but she would not say what those items were or why they were no longer considered a threat.


Associated Press writers Kristen Wyatt in Colorado Springs, Alina Hartounian in Phoenix, Michael Biesecker in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and Colleen Slevin, Dan Elliott and Thomas Peipert in Denver contributed to this report.

November 25, 2015

Day 329

How secret group Freemasons has kept grip on Britain for 200 years

The names of royalty, statesmen, judges, military top brass, bishops and police have been found in a secret archive

by Richard Smith

As originally posted on: Daily Record and Sunday Mail
November 23, 2015

The huge influence Freemasons had in ruling British society for almost 200 years has finally been revealed.

The names of royalty, statesmen, judges, military top brass, bishops and police have been found in a secret archive which lists two million Freemasons.

The masonic records - from 1733 to 1923 - are set to be made available to the public for the first time.

They show Kings Edward VII, Edward VIII and George VI were all Freemasons.

Military leaders the Duke of Wellington and Lord Kitchener were also members of the clandestine group founded by a group of men in a London coffee house in 1717.

Britain’s wartime Premier Sir Winston Churchill was also a Freemason along with literary greats Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Others include music legends Gilbert and Sullivan, explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Scott, England cricket captain Douglas Jardine and scientist Sir Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin.

More than 5,500 police officers, thousands of military figures, 170 judges, 169 MPs, 16 bishops and an Indian prince are listed in the Freemasons archive to be made public by family history website Ancestry.

Businessman Harry Selfridge is named in the archive along with social reformer Thomas Barnardo, famous bridge builder Thomas Telford and thousands of engineers who made Britain a world industrial power.

The extent to which Freemasons wielded power over the British Empire may lead to a re-examination of two centuries of our history.

The all-male group was originally formed to enable “men of integrity” to get together while avoiding issues of religion and politics.

They adopted the compass, square and apron used in stonemasonry as symbols for the group.

Publication of the archive comes after initiatives by the Freemasons in recent decades to make the organisation more open.

There are believed to be six million Freemasons in the world today - including two million in the United States.

Ancestry’s senior UK content manager Miriam Silverman said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer people an online window into a relatively unknown organisation.”

The Titanic

Freemasons had a huge influence over a controversial inquiry into the Titanic disaster in which more than 1,500 passengers and crew died.

The secret archive shows the judge who presided over the British Wreck Commissioner’s inquiry was a Freemason along with leading investigators and some who escaped censure.

A US investigation blamed the British Board of Trade for lax rules which allowed the Titanic to set off on its maiden voyage in 1912 with just 20 lifeboats for 2,208 people on board.

But the Board of Trade was exonerated by the British inquiry led by Lord Mersey.

Records show the judge was initiated as a Freemason in 1881 at the Northern Bar Lodge in London.

President of the Board of Trade Sydney Buxton was also a long-standing Mason after being initiated in 1888 at Limehouse in East London, where he was local MP.

Two of the inquiry’s five expert assessors were also listed as Masons - naval architecture specialist John Harvard Biles and senior engineer assessor Edward Chaston.

Another key figure in the inquiry listed as a Freemason was Lord Pirrie.

He was chairman of the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast which built the Titanic and a directors of shipping line White Star’s parent company.

Nic Compton, author of Titanic on Trial, told “The Titanic inquiry in Britain was branded a ‘whitewash’ because it exonerated most of those involved.

Only three passengers were interviewed, and they were all from first class.

“The only person both inquiries heaped scorn on was the captain of SS Californian, the ship that had stood by about eight miles off, its crew watching the emergency flares being fired by Titanic, without doing anything about it until it was too late.”

The Titanic sank on April 15 1912, after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic on the way from Southampton to New York.

There were 700 survivors. The British inquiry decided ship’s captain Edward Smith did “only that which other skilled men would have done in the same position”.

White Star and its parent company were cleared of negligence.

Jack the Ripper

Infamous Victorian serial killer Jack The Ripper may have escaped justice because of a Freemason cover-up.

The notorious murderer is believed to have been a second-rate singer called Michael Maybrick who is identified as a Freemason in the archive records.

Maybrick was a member of the St Andrew’s Lodge in London for more than 20 years.

He left a year before five women were murdered in the East End in nine weeks in 1888.

The case is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in British criminal history.

Records show the part played by Freemasons in the failed Scotland Yard inquiry.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Charles Warren was a Mason along with his “eyes and ears” on the case Chief Inspector Donald Swanson.

Coroners Wynne Baxter and Henry Crawford who ruled on the murders were also Masons along with at least three police doctors who examined the bodies.

Maybrick was on the Supreme Grand Council of Freemasons and toured Britain as a performer.

His handwritten entry in the records describes him as a “vocalist”.

Met police chief Sir Charles was a senior member of the Masonic Society.

Author Bruce Robinson, film director of Withnail and I, claims in a new book that the Ripper murders bore the hallmarks of Masonic ritual.

He said proof came in the form of a pair of compasses carved into the face of victim Catherine Eddowes, removal of meal buttons and coins from the bodies of Eddowes and Annie Chapman and cryptic graffiti daubed on a wall which was “the most flagrant clue of all”.

Robinson - whose book is called They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper - said: “The whole of the ruling class was Masonic, from the heir to the throne down. It was part of being in the club.

“Part of the whole ethic of Freemasonry is whatever it is, however it’s done, you protect the brotherhood - and that’s what happened.

“They weren’t protecting Jack the Ripper, they were protecting the system that Jack the Ripper was threatening.

"And to protect the system, they had to protect him. And the Ripper knew it.”


. There are 250,000 Freemasons in 8,000 Lodges in England and Wales.

. Be a man who comes of his own free will.

. Believe in a Supreme Being (the form of which is left to open interpretation by the candidate).

. Be at least the minimum age (from 18-25 years old depending on the jurisdiction).

. Be of good morals, and of good reputation.

. Be of sound mind and body.

. Be capable of furnishing character references, as well as one or two references from current Masons, depending on jurisdiction.

November 24, 2015

Day 328

Profile of a Conservative

by "SnarkFetish"

As originally posted on: snarkfetish
December 15, 2014

– Fawning, boot-licking deference to authority figures, especially law enforcement.

– Quasi-erotic fascination with all things military.

Says things like “support the troops” as if reciting some religious creed.

– Ever willing to support more interventionist crusading in the name of being “strong on defense.”

Immediately attacks any alternative, labeling it “isolationism.”

– Corporate to the core.

– Aggressively moralistic.

– Refers to “our” “Christian” heritage in sanctimoniously solemn tones, as if such an idea should immediately settle all issues.

– Seems preoccupied with the idea of somehow returning to some proverbial “good old days.”

November 21, 2015

Day 325

Man forces girlfriend to hold his kids while he shot and killed them and their grandfather

by Wayne Morin

As originally posted on: WorldWide Weird News
November 20, 2015

A woman is devastated after her boyfriend, a former U.S. military man, shot and killed her young children while they were in her arms.

Police said that Gawain Rushane Wilson, 28, entered his home in Jacksonville, Florida, and ordered his girlfriend to hold their five-month-old twins.

While Megan Rose Hiatt, 22, held her twin babies Hayden Rose Hiatt and Kayden Reese Hiatt, he shot them multiple times. He then shot her father Travis Hiatt, 49.

Megan Rose Hiatt said that as her father was dying, he asked her to tell her children that he loves them. Sadly, the twins did not survive.

After killing his 5-month-old babies and Mr. Hiatt, Wilson turned the gun on himself. Hiatt is the only survivor of the shooting and is now in critical condition.

Her mother, Melissa Bateh, said that Wilson “wanted to destroy her daughter's world and he wanted her to watch it be destroyed.”

Megan Rose Hiatt was injured when she was shot at least five times, while Wilson killed the babies in her arms.

Bateh said that her daughter wants to spread her story. Megan Rose Hiatt said that Wilson had been verbally abusive towards her for months.

He called her fat after she had given birth to the twins and he often broke things in the house when he was angry. However, Wilson never physically abused his girlfriend.

November 19, 2015

Day 323

Living in a PNAC World: The Toxic Legacy of 9/11

by Chris Floyd

As originally posted on: Empire Burlesque
September 11, 2015

In September 2000, an advocacy group called "Project for New American Century," led by Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and others -- published a "blueprint" for "transforming" America's future. PNAC acknowledged that the "revolutionary" changes it envisaged could take decades to bring about -- unless, they said, the United States was struck by "some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor." One year later, after the disputed election of George W. Bush, came the "catalyzing" event of the 9/11 attacks -- which indeed "transformed" America's future in many "revolutionary" ways.

Here are some of the changes PNAC called for in 2000, all of which came about after the "new Pearl Harbor" they had hoped for: An attack on Iraq. Vast increases in military spending. Planting new American bases all over the world. Embracing the concept of "pre-emptive war" and unilateral action as cornerstones of national strategy. Developing sophisticated new technologies to "control the global commons of cyberspace" by closely monitoring communications and transactions on the Internet. Pursuing the development of "new methods of attack – electronic, 'non-lethal, biological…in new dimensions, in space, cyberspace and perhaps the world of microbes."

Oddly enough, although "regime change" in Iraq was clearly a priority for PNAC, it had little to do with Saddam Hussein and his brutal rule. Instead, removing Saddam was tied to the larger goal of establishing a permanent U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf in order to "secure energy supplies" and preclude any other

power from dominating the vital oil regions of the Middle East and Central Asia. The PNAC report puts it quite plainly:

"The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

This is why the Bush Administration offered a constantly shifting menu of rationales for the impending attack on Iraq: because the decision to remove Saddam was taken long ago, as part of a larger strategic plan, and had little to do with any imminent threat from the broken-backed Iraqi regime, which at that time was constantly bombed, partially occupied (with U.S. forces already working in the autonomous Kurdish territories) and swarming with UN inspectors. If the strategic need for the attack "transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein," then almost any rationale will do.

The same desire to "secure energy supplies" and prevent any other power from gaining dominance in the oil regions also underlies current and recent US policies in Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. That's why we see the same shifting rationales, see policies that on the surface seem to make no sense: we fight al Qaeda in Iraq, we support al Qaeda in Yemen and Syria; we say defeating ISIS is of supreme global importance, but we prevent other countries (Iran, Russia) from joining the fight; we push "regime change" to "liberate" Libya and Syria while partnering with one of most repressive, extremists nations on earth, Saudi Arabia, and arming other dictators like Sisi in Egypt. We are "fighting" terrorism while turning whole nations (Iraq, Libya, Syria) into swamps of ruin and violence where terrorism can breed. None of these contradictory rationales make sense on the surface. But viewed as part of an ongoing, bipartisan agenda of securing American dominance of economically strategic lands -- and of "discouraging advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role" (as an earlier Cheney-Wolfowitz document put it) -- it becomes easier to see a pattern in today's howling chaos.

This is not "conspiracy theory." These motives and agendas are out in the open, and always have been. Our bipartisan leaders eagerly trumpet them, and declare that it is our right and our duty to dominate the world in this way. What's more, any actions we take to accomplish this -- wars, regime change, intrusive surveillance, drone campaigns, death squads, torture, killing thousands of innocent people (mere "collateral damage"), fomenting more hatred and extremism, breaking our own laws, turning our own people into fearful cowards ready to throw away their liberties to "stay safe," etc. -- are automatically just and righteous, because we are "exceptional."

So yes, the "transformations" wrought in American policy -- and the American psyche -- since that "new Pearl Harbor" have indeed been "revolutionary." Post-9/11, we are all living in a PNAC world.

Note: The above post was adapted (and updated) from a much more detailed piece originally written in 2002, which can be found here.

November 18, 2015

Day 322

Urban Terror will Usher in Next Gen Surveillance State

by John Robb

As originally posted on: Global Guerrillas
November 16, 2015

The effectiveness of blood and guts terrorism isn't found in the physical and psychological damage it does.

It's found in the reaction it provokes.

With this in mind, will the Paris attacks provoke a reaction that makes them effective?

I think so.

Over the long run, the Paris attacks of 2015 (and those that follow) will be seen as the start of a shift to the next generation surveillance state in the US, China, and Europe.

Due to a revolutionary technological change currently underway, it will be possible to add pervasive physical surveillance to the proven systems of electronic surveillance (voice, email, chat, etc.) already in use.

This new capability will make it possible to deploy a cognitive sensor network that will:

1. "know" who everyone in an urban area is (if you ever had a picture taken, it will likely "know" who you are),
2. simultaneously track where everyone in a city is (and has been), and
3. understand what everyone in the city is doing (from voice to behavior capture/analysis).

Further, this network will learn.  It will get continuously better with experience.

It will also be proactive.  For example, if it finds a gap in its coverage, it can actively move cognitive sensors to cover the gap (even penetrating structures to gather information).


John Robb

November 17, 2015

Day 321

Terrorism is the Price of Imperialism

What happened in Paris is not right, just inevitable

by Chris Ernesto

As originally posted on:
November 16, 2015

Since 2011, France has been militarily involved in five countries -- four of which have a predominantly Muslim population:

Syria (2015, 87% Muslim)
Iraq (2014, 99% Muslim)
Mali (2014, 90% Muslim)
Central African Republic (2013, 15% Muslim)
Libya (2011, 97% Muslim)

Do those who mourn the victims in Paris recognize that France is killing people in other countries and that those actions have created enemies? Indeed, France is experiencing payback for it's military expansionism in largely Muslim countries.

France struck the first blow by dropping bombs in Libya, Mali, Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State didn't start this fight.

Again, it doesn't make what the Islamic State did right, but when one country drops bombs in another country they make it more likely that someone is going to attack them in their own country.

In claiming responsibility for the attacks in Paris, the Islamic State made it clear that the actions were due to French militarism, which they label a "crusader campaign":

"Let France and all nations following its path know ... that the scent of death will not leave their nostrils as long as they partake in the crusader campaign ... and as long as they boast about their war against Islam in France and their strikes against Muslims in the lands of the Caliphate with their jets," read their statement.

There are those who say the Islamic State is going after all western countries because of the west's way of life. If that were true then why haven't they targeted countries like Switzerland and Brazil?

And if the Islamic State is public enemy #1, why are France and the US opposed to those who are actually fighting the Islamic State? Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the Houthis in Yemen, Russia and Iran are all fighting the Islamic State, yet each one of those is and 'enemy' of the US. When it comes to these groups and the targeted governments, the US is on the same side as the Islamic State.

France had it right when they refused to support the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Had the US never invaded Iraq, the Islamic State would not exist and the attacks in Paris may not have occurred.

One hopes France recognizes that the way to prevent acts of terror in their country is by not committing acts of terror (which is what war is) in other countries.

Chris Ernesto is cofounder of St. Pete for Peace, an antiwar organization in St. Petersburg, FL that has been active since 2003. Mr. Ernesto also created and manages and

November 16, 2015

Day 320

13 Ways of Looking at the Deep State

by Chris Floyd

The following verse was originally posted on Empire Burlesque ( on October 16, 2015.

Deep State is a Terror State, Torture State,
Tyrant State — and it’s OK with that.

Deep State was formed to bodyguard elites,
keeping their dominance ever-refreshed.

Deep State doesn’t care what you advocate,
just as long as you toe the unsaid line.

Deep State is cold, lacks true affect;
hates only that which hinders it.

Deep State fences the range of opinion
like a cattle baron stringing barbed wire.

Deep State loves culture war, stokes all sides,
thrives on strife, the bitterer the better.

Deep State is not in full control; it just
knows which way it wants the world to roll.

Deep State kills the leaders it doesn’t like;
a lesson our leaders learned long ago.

Deep State doesn’t care if a whistle’s blown;
it already holds the reins of ‘reform.’

Deep State enjoys the horse-race hoopla,
voters vexed by the vetted and the duped.

Deep State’s wars have no other aim
than to keep our masters’ coffers in coin.

Deep State doesn’t mind blowing up the world,
if the world won’t do what Deep State wants.

Deep State is Red, Deep State is Blue;
Deep State don’t give a damn for you.

November 14, 2015

Day 318

Paris has suffered Europe’s worst terror attack in 10 years. Here’s what we know the day after

by Cassie Werber

As originally posted on: Quartz
November 14, 2015

Paris on Friday (Nov. 13) suffered a series of at least six nearly simultaneous attacks, attributed by president François Hollande to the ISIL terror group, which left at least 128 people dead and around 300 wounded.

The attacks shook the city during a normal, busy Friday night. They included a mass shooting at a concert hall, several shootings at bars and restaurants, and several bomb detonations, including more than one near France’s national stadium, where a soccer match between the French and German national teams was in progress. Eight assailants died, most via suicide after reportedly detonating explosive belts they were wearing.

Hollande called the attacks an “act of war” carried out by ISIL, and pledged that France would respond with a “merciless” fight against terrorism. He declared a state of national emergency, which included increased border security, as well as three days of national mourning.

It was the worst attack on a European target since the Madrid bombings in 2004, when 190 people were killed and more than 1,800 wounded, in four coordinated attacks on commuter trains. It is also the second terrorist attack on Paris this year, after gunmen killed journalists at the magazine Charlie Hebdo, a policewoman, and several people during an attack on a supermarket. In August, a heavily armed gunman was stopped on a train on its way from Brussels to Paris just before he was able to open fire on passengers.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks in an apparent statement released on social media in Arabic and French. The statement, which has not yet been independently verified, called Paris “the capital of prostitution and obscenity,” and said that France’s actions in Syria were a factor in the decision to target the country. Vague generalities and no specific background information about those involved in the attacks suggests that ISIL may have inspired rather than directed the attacks.

The sites of the attacks

Stade de France

At about 9:20pm an explosion detonated near the French national stadium, where a soccer match between the French and German national teams was in progress. A second blast was heard 10 minutes later, and a third 20 minutes after that. Hollande, who was at the match, was quickly evacuated. No one apart from the bombers appear to have died in the blasts.

Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carrillon

At around the same time, several gunmen opened fire at Le Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant on rue Bichat, in the the trendy Canal Saint Martin neighborhood. Eleven people were killed, the AP reported, citing a police officials. Patrons of a nearby bar, Le Carrillon, were also injured in the shooting.

Le Bataclan

Just before 10pm, in the worst single attack, around 87 people died when gunmen entered a large concert hall in the 11th arrondissement, where an American band, Eagles of Death Metal, were playing. The venue has capacity of 1,500 and was sold out, the BBC reported. Eyewitnesses described (link in French) the attackers as unmasked and young, and said they made concertgoers lie on the floor before opening fire on them.

French police stormed the building around midnight. At least one report from someone who escaped said the gunmen spoke to hostages, telling them that the attack was a response to France’s military interventions in Syria. France joined the US in airstrikes against ISIL in Syria in September.

La Belle Equipe

Le Monde reported that a gunman opened fire on the crowded terrace of a restaurant on the corner of Rue Faidherbe and Rue de Charonne. There were 19 victims.

Other explosions

Five people were killed during an explosion on a street called Rue de la Fontaine au Roi. A suicide bomber also detonated a blast on Boulevarde Voltaire. The New York Times reported that one person was killed.

What’s next?

Public buildings, schools, museums, and markets are closed today, and the police have temporarily banned demonstrations and other large gatherings. The Eiffel Tower has been closed indefinitely, according to the operator of the popular tourist attraction. There is increased security at the borders.

Attention is now turning to how such deadly, coordinated attacks could take place in a city that had so recently been struck by terrorists. Germany has offered the help of its security services, while other world leaders have sent messages of solidarity.

Discussion will intensify about how the attacks will affect Europe’s policy of open borders. These have been challenged in recent months as the flow of migrants, and especially refugees from war-torn countries like Syria, has dramatically increased.

For all of our coverage on the Paris attacks.