French police are in hot pursuit of a car full of “heavily armored men” speeding straight toward Paris. The Citroën Berlingo is wanted in connection with the massacre in Paris that occurred just a day earlier.
Around lunchtime on November 14, a Citroën Berlingo crashed through a toll booth on the A10 in the Ablis area of Yvelines, located in the northwest of France, according to French newspaperLe Perisien. The suburban town is just 40 miles from the center of Paris, where ISIS terrorists sadistically murdered 128 people and injured an estimated 300 more on November 13.
When ISIS claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, they also issued a grave warning: France was “the first of the storm.” With more carnage promised to come, French police are on high alert for any suspicious activity, and a heavily armed vehicle is obviously on that list. There are reportedly four men inside the vehicle, though it is unclear what kind of weaponry they’re carrying.
In addition to that vehicle, police are also chasing a black Seat, which is registered abroad. Also wanted in connection with the attacks, the car is described by police as having five-spoke alloy wheels and the license number GUT 18053. Apparently, both cars are registered in Belgium to the same French national, who was apprehended on the French border in a third car.
President Francois Hollande has issued a State of Emergency after the attacks on the 13th, that rocked Paris in six different locations. Citizens were maimed and killed as they dined in restaurants, attended a soccer match, and partying at a concert. At the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan concert venue, 100 hostages were initially taken before the terrorists killed 82.
Footage of horrified survivors fleeing the streets, trying to find safety, was a haunting image. Three of those gunman died after igniting their explosive belts, while the fourth died in a firefight with police. There were others around the city, though it’s unclear how many. And with this new development, it’s a tense situation trying to figure out what will happen next.
Our thoughts are with all those in Paris at this time.
— Samantha Wilson