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Chilling Video of the AK-47 Attack on a Paris restaurant highlights some tips to survive an Active Shooter Scenario

U.S. Navy SEALs and Special Operation Forces have some advice for surviving an active shooter scenario.

On Friday Nov. 13, Paris and its northern suburb Saint-Denis, France, were hit by a series of terrorist attacks which killed 129 and injured 352 people.

The attack consisted of suicide bombs and mass shootings like the one you can see in the following chilling footage.

The video shows a sustained attack on a restaurant in the 11th district by means of AK-47: according to the Daily Mail, that obtained the recordings of three CCTV cameras inside the pizzeria, at least 30 bullets came into the premises, where terrified diners immediately ran for cover behind counters and under tables.

None of them died during the attack, even though, as you can clearly see in the clip a young woman was quite close to it: she was saved by the assault rifle that either misfired or ran out of ammunition.

Anyway, the footage speaks for itself and, if you look for more details, the Daily Mail has a much accurate description of the scene.

Watch the video then continue reading below.

When I saw the clip for the very first time, it immediately thought of an interesting article by Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL, published by SOFREP in the aftermath of the Colorado shooting in Aurora, back in July 2012.

Among the tips to survive in case of attack by a gunman Webb shared with the “average citizen” I’ve picked those that probably apply to most scenarios (you can read them all here). As you will see, some of them have probably contributed to save the life of the diners in the Paris restaurant.

Don’t Make Yourself an Easy Target

According to the former Special Operator, at public events, cinemas or even at the restaurant (as in the Paris massacre…) you should always opt for seats that give you good and east vantage points and quick exit points. “It’s the reason I still combat park (back in to a space) and sit with my back to the wall when I’m eating,” Webb pointed out.

Active Shooter Scenario Advice

“Take cover and not concealment.  Concealment hides, cover hides AND protects.  It’s the difference between hiding behind a movie seat or a concrete wall.” Quite obvious, but you may not think to this when bullets are flying above your head. Webb says that it is better to keep the eyes wide open and to act instead of waiting for first responders: they may arrive too late.  Furthermore, “a moving target is extremely hard to hit, even for the well-trained shooter.”

Alter Your Lifestyle, and it May Save Your Life

This is quite obvious. You should avoid large crowds that make rewarding targets for all kind of terrorists. In this case the target was a soft-one, almost randomly selected but, generally speaking, you should take some basic precautions. A few more tips to survive a terrorist attack are included in this more recent story written by former Navy SEAL and JSOC operator Clinton Emerson for SOFREP.

Top image credit: screenshot from the Daily Mail video

 

A dozen French Air Force jets conducted massive air strikes against ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria

France strikes back with Rafale and Mirage 2000 jets.

According to the French MoD (Ministry of Defense), a dozen French aircraft conducted air strikes against ISIS targets located in Raqqa, Syria on Nov. 15.

The aircraft, Mirage 2000N and Mirage 2000Ds and Rafales, were launched at 19.50 and 20.25 CET, struck an Islamic State command center and a training camp: about 20 targets even though there are reports of more buildings hit by the French bombs.

The raids come about 48 hours seven coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris killed 132 people and injuring 352.

Raqqa is an ISIS stronghold. It was reported earlier on Sunday Nov. 15 that the U.S. intelligence has intercepted communications between Raqqa and the terrorists in Paris ahead of the deadly attack on Friday Nov. 13.

The aircraft that took part in the “massive” airstrike in Raqqa are part of Operation Chammal, the French air campaign in Iraq and Syria launched on Sept. 19, 2014 and consisting of 12 tactical jets (six Rafale, three Mirage 2000D and three Mirage 2000N aircraft) and one Atlantique 2 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft). On Sept. 27, five Rafale jets, an Atlantique 2 and a C-135 tanker aircraft “launched by airbases located in Jordan and the Persian Gulf,” were involved in the first French mission against an ISIS training camp in Syria as part of Operation Chammal.

All the key unanswered questions about the terrorist attacks on Paris

After little more than 24 hours from the Friday night’s terror attacks in Paris let’s have a look at the known and unknown facts.

On Friday Nov. 13, starting at 21.20 local time (GMT +1), a series of coordinated terrorist attack hit Paris and its northern suburb Saint-Denis, France. The attacks, consisting of suicide bombs, mass shootings and hostage taking, and killed 129 and injured 352 people (at the time of writing), less than one year since the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Timeline

According to the timeline provided by French prosecutor Francois Molins at a news conference on Saturday and reported by Reuters, it all started with an explosive belt detonated by a suicide bomber near a gate of the Stade de France stadium where France President Francois Hollande was watching a friendly soccer match between France and Germany. The attacker and a passer-by were killed.

At 21.25, gunmen shot at clients sitting on the terraces of the “Le Carillon” bar and the “Petit Cambodge” restaurant, killing 15 and severely injuring 10. Five minutes later, at 21.30, a second suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside Stade de France, killing himself. It looks like that at least one of the suicide bombers had a ticket for the match but was denied entry to the stadium.

At 21.32 gunmen opened fire in front of a bar killing five people and severely injuring eight whilst four minutes later, gunmen killed 19 people sitting on the terrace of the restaurant “La Belle Equipe” in a nearby street killing 9 people and injuring several more.

Around 21.40 a suicide bomber killed himself inside a restaurant in the 11th district, injuring one person severely. More or less at the same time, several gunmen intruded the nearby Bataclan concert hall during a concert of the U.S. rock group “Eagles of Death Metal” and started shooting randomly at the crowd killing 89 people and injuring several more, while shouting references to Iraq and Syria.

At 21.53 a third bomb is detonated by a suicide bomber near the Stade de France.

At 23.30 one EC-135 helicopter of the French Gendarmerie Nationale (Police) could be tracked as it flew over the Stade de France and over the locations of the terrorists attacks on Flightradar24.com. This is the only known aerial asset launched in the aftermath of the attacks.

FGN9373 (credit: Flightradar24.com)

FGN9373 (credit: Flightradar24.com)

At 00.20 on Saturday, Nov. 14, French Security forces make a blitz inside the Bataclan to free those kept hostages in the concert hall: 1 terrorist is killed and two commit suicide by detonating their explosive belts.

Unanswered questions

In an interesting article published on the Corriere della Sera website, journalist Guido Olimpio, a terror, smugglers and Middle East expert based in Washington DC, summarized all the unanswered questions about the Paris attacks.

  1. How many terrorists took part in the coordinated attacks? ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and mentioned a team of 8 militants. French prosecutor said 7 terrorists were killed.
  2. Is a bomb-maker still on the loose? Who did assemble the explosive belts? Were these assembled by the kamikaze killers themselves?
  3. Who has helped the terrorists? The militants had munitions, explosive and weapons. Did they pre-positioned all what they needed close to their targets? What logistic network helped them?
  4. Where did the terrorist train? Were they veterans of the Middle East conflicts or did they prepare for the attack at their home? As Olimpio notices, they knew how to move and shoot. Some sources say they were veterans of the war in Syria. A passport seems to point to a Syrian refugee who arrived in Greece last month
  5. Are there links with other teams based in other European countries? Three people have been arrested in Belgium, one in Germany. Is there a European terrorist network?
  6. Why did the intelligence fail to detect the imminent attack? It was a large attack. In some ways it was also expected. Although it is impossible to monitor all the potential terrorists, one of the attackers had been identified as a fighter coming back from Syria to commit terrorist acts.
  7. Was something else planned? According to Olimpio, the IS document released on the Web in the aftermath of the attack mentions the 18th arrondissement (district) among the locations hit by the attackers. But nothing happened there. Is this an error? Did the terrorist miss one of their targets?

Top image credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty via CBC Radio One