Grim Toll in Paris: 129 Dead – Including 1 American Student – and 352 Injured as Brave Parisians Go About Their Daily Lives
One American was killed in the Paris terrorist attacks that left at least 129 dead and 352 wounded on Friday night, French officials announced Saturday.
An official at the U.S. embassy in Paris told PEOPLE that a U.S. citizen is among the dead. The victim is Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, a student at California State University, Long Beach. She was one of 17 students studying aboard for a semester at Strate College of Design.
Parisians are going about their daily lives on the streets of the French capital a day after the horrific assault by three teams of terrorists.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins announced the latest death toll on Saturday and declared “we are in a state of war.”
There are currently 99 victims in critical condition at hospitals across Paris, Molins said.
At the Bataclan concert hall, 89 people were killed by terrorists who opened fire and then detonated suicide belts after shouting about France’s involvement in Iraq and Syria, Molins said.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks in online broadcasts in both French and Arabic.
Three teams of seven terrorists attacked seven separate sites in Paris in quick succession. They all carried Kalashnikov assault rifles and wore suicide belts, Molins said. Five of the attackers blew themselves up. French security services killed a sixth. It’s unclear how the seventh attacker died.
At least one of the attackers has been identified through fingerprints as a 29-year-old French national who had been known to the French security services, Molins said.
The prosecutor also confirmed that a Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Stade de France stadium during a soccer game.
Three suspects have been arrested in Belgium after being stopped in a black car that was seen outside the Bataclan, according to the Associated Press.