President Muhammadu has joined world leaders in condemning the Paris Terrorist attacks that killed more than 128 and injured 200.
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In a press statement made available to elombah.com this morning, Mr Buhari said he received with great shock and profound sadness, news of the dastardly and heinous terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Paris.
#Parisattacks: World leaders respond to attacks
Cameron: ‘We are with you’:
UK PM David Cameron, who is expected to make a statement shortly on the attacks, tweeted a message of solidarity to the French.
“My message to the French people: Nous sommes solidaires avec vous. Nous sommes tous ensemble. We are with you. United.”
David Cameron in a statement warned that “we must be prepared for a number of British casualties” from the Paris attacks, as he condemned the “brutal and callous murderers”.
Flags at Downing Street lowered to half mast.
Putin, Obama offers cooperation:
The Kremlin press service has also published the text of a telegram sent by President Putin to Francois Hollande earlier today.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to you personally and all the people of France in connection with the death of a large number of civilians as a result of an unprecedented series of terrorist attacks in Paris,” Mr Putin wrote.
“This tragedy became another evidence of barbaric nature of terrorism which poses a challenge to human civilization. It is obvious that effective fight against this evil requires a real combined effort of the entire international community.
“I would like to confirm that the Russian side is ready for the closest possible cooperation with French partners in the investigation of this crime committed in Paris. I expect that its paymasters and perpetrators will be punished.”
Mr Putin’s ally Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, has also made a statement on the attacks, taking the opportunity to make his own case in the process.
“What France suffered from savage terror is what the Syrian people have been enduring for over five years,” he was quoted as saying by Syrian state media.
Israel will fly its flags at government offices and embassies abroad at half mast as a sign of solidarity with the French people, BBC Jerusalem producer Gidi Kleiman reports.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered his condolences:
Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with French President Francois Hollande and with the people of France in our common battle against terrorism. On behalf of the people of Israel, I send condolences to the families of those murdered and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded.
French president blames attack on Islamic State: Francois Hollande has said the Islamic State is behind the attack in Paris, which he called an “act of war”.
Mr Hollande said the attacks had been planned and organised from abroad with help from inside France.
He also declared three days of national mourning.
Gunmen struck at up to six locations in the city on Friday night, with it being reported that about 100 people may have been killed at the Bataclan music venue alone by two terrorists armed with explosives.
A gunman also opened fire at a restaurant and three explosions were heard at a bar near the Stade de France, where the French national football team was playing Germany in a friendly.
Eleven people were reported killed at a restaurant in the city and three outside the stadium.
The highest death toll is believed to be at the Batacan, where the group Eagles of Death Metal were playing a sold-out concert.
ISI said eight of it’s members carried out the attacks. The group claims it studied the target locations and carried out the attack using “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles”.
Two gunmen, with explosives, took about 100 hostages. French police stormed the theatre and just before midnight UK time it was reported they had killed the two hostage takers.
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS TERRORIST ATTACK ON PARIS
President Muhammadu has received with great shock and profound sadness, news of the dastardly and heinous terrorist attacks on innocent civilians in Paris.
On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari conveys his heartfelt sympathy to President Francois Hollande and the people France.
The President also extends sincere condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the unfortunate victims of the callous attacks.
President Buhari totally condemns the barbaric attacks which constitute an unacceptable affront to all human values and civilized norms.
As a country which has borne the terrible human cost of terrorist attacks, Nigeria stands in full solidarity with the government and people of France as they mourn those who have sadly lost their lives in the attack on Paris.
President Buhari calls on all peace-loving nations of the world to intensify ongoing multilateral cooperation and collaborative actions aimed at bringing the scourge of international terrorism to a speedy end for the benefit of all nations.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity) November 14, 2015
Grand Imam Condemns Attacks:
Ahmad al-Tayyib, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (one of the highest Sunni authorities in the Muslim world) has strongly condemned the attacks in Paris, state news agency Mena reports.
Speaking during an international conference organized by the Ministry of Religious Endowments today, Al-Tayyib called the Paris terror attacks “chaotic”, and stressed that Islam is innocent of terrorism. He also called for international cooperation to counter terrorism.
Merkel: Assailants ‘hate freedom’
Angela Merkel has added to her earlier statement, saying the attackers in Paris “hate freedom”.
Speaking to reporters in Berlin, the German chancellor said the victims “wanted to live the life of free people in a city that celebrates freedom”, and called the gunmen “murderers who hate precisely this life of freedom”.
Germany has offered its counter-terrorism resources to France to aid the investigation.
The attack “was aimed not just at Paris, it targeted and it hits all of us,” she added.
Vatican: “Homicidal hatred”
The Vatican has issued a statement calling the violence in Paris “an attack on all humanity”.
“We condemn (it) in the most radical way together with The Pope and all those who love peace,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi in a statement.
The statement calls for “a decisive, supportive response on the part of all of us as we counter the spread of homicidal hatred in all of its forms”.
Obama: “An attack on all humanity”
President Obama called the attacks in Paris an “outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians” and an “attack on all of humanity”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to our French cousins in this dark and terrible time.”
And the President of China, Xi Jinping telephoned Francois Hollande to say China is willing to cooperate with France in the fight against terrorism.
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