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Timeline of 2015 attacks as Paris trial set to begin

2021 Sep 08, 14:48, Paris
In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo armed police operate in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Photo: AP

 The 2015 attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. A trial begins Wednesday of 20 men accused of having roles in the carnage.

The attacks were carefully planned and simultaneous across the French capital.

September-November 2015: Two apartments and a house in Belgium are rented under false identities to prepare and coordinate the attacks. Salah Abdeslam rents two cars in Belgium to drive to France.

Nov 13, 2015

  • 9:16 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. Two suicide bombers detonate themselves outside the national stadium just north of Paris after failing to enter it. A security guard and both bombers die.
  • 9:24 p.m. to 9:36 p.m. Three shootings take place at different restaurants in the 10th and 11th arrondissement of Paris. 39 people die.
  • 9:41 p.m. A suicide bomber detonates his vest by another restaurant, kills no one but wounds two.
  •  9:47 p.m. Three gunmen storm the Bataclan concert hall, killing 90.
  • 9:53 p.m. A suicide bomber detonates his vest near the national stadium. He is the only one killed.

Nov 14, 2015

  •  12:12 a.m. Police special forces enter the Bataclan, two terrorists blow themselves up, one is killed by police.
  • Early morning: Salah Abdeslam, who had dropped the stadium bombers off and whose brother was one of the restaurant attackers, flees to Belgium.
  • 11:42 am The Islamic State group claims the responsibility for the attacks as retaliation against France for “insulting (the) Prophet” and air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

Nov 17-18 : Police raid a house in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, where two men involved in the attacks are hidden. One of the men detonates his explosive vest, and they and a woman with them die.

  • March 18, 2016: Salah Abdeslam is captured in the Molenbeek area of Brussels, Belgium.
  • March 22, 2016: Three suicide bombers connected to the November 2015 Paris attacks kill 32 people and injure more than 300 in Brussels.
  • April 8: Mohamed Abrini, who was involved in the Paris attacks and Brussels bombings, is arrested in Anderlecht outside Brussels.
  •  Sept 8, 2021: The trial of the Nov. 13, 2015, Paris attacks opens in Paris. A total of 20 men are named as defendants. Abrini, Abdeslam and 12 others are set to appear. Five of the defendants are presumed dead and one is on the run.
  •  May 25, 2022: The judges are expected to give their verdict.

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