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DAMASCUS – The extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) claimed Saturday its responsibility for the terror attacks on the French capital Paris on Friday, during which at least 127 people were killed and 300 more injured.
The terror group released a statement claiming responsibility for gun and bomb attacks of Paris, saying: “Eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles conducted a blessed attack on… Crusader France. We will carry out further attacks against France as long as it continues its Crusader campaign.”
“The targets of Friday’s attacks, which included the national sports stadium and the Bataclan concert hall, were carefully chosen,” it said, pointing out “France was guilty when struck Muslims in the caliphate.”
ISIS has also released an undated video, vowing to set up attacks against France if it continued airstrikes on the group’s locations.
France is member of the anti-ISIS international coalition. French warplanes have recently conducted a series of airstrikes on ISIS oilfields an supply centers in Syria.
“It’s an act of war committed by a terrorist organization, Daesh, against France”, French President Francois Hollande blamed ISIS, using the Arabic term for the group.
In the meantime, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad blamed the West for the “expansion of terrorism”, saying: “The wrong policies pursued by the Western countries have contributed to the expansion of terrorism.”
“Syria has repeatedly warned that terrorism has no boundaries, and will backfire on its supporters,” head of the Syrian regime said in a statement.
Subsequent to the deadly attacks in Paris, Hollande announced a state of emergency in the country for the first time since decades.
Speaking to ARA News in Paris, social activist Bassam al-Wafi said “there are concerns among Syrian refugees in Paris, especially their numbers reached eight thousand refugees by now, so the imposition of a state of emergency in France would prevent them to move freely.
The borders of France were closed completely after the state of emergency announced.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro and Adel Hassan
Source: ARA News