President Barack Obama described the terrorist attacks in Paris as as an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians” and promised that the United States would provide whatever assistance necessary to the French government and people.
He said that the American people understood what it was like to be the victims of terror attacks
In a statement on Friday night, The US president said: “This was an attack not just on Paris… not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share”
Press TV reports:
Terrorists killed 153 people in multiple coordinated attacks on Friday in one of the deadliest assaults to hit the French capital since the World War II.
According to French media on Friday night, nearly 120 people, who had been held hostage by gunmen at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, were killed by gunmen. Tens of other people were reportedly killed in other attacks across Paris.
The terror attacks came just hours after an interview aired in which Obama boasted about recent successes against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group. “I don’t think they’re gaining strength,” Obama told ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “We have contained them.”
Obama was briefed on the Paris attacks by counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, but did not say who might be responsible.
“We don’t yet know all the details of what happened,” Obama said. “I’m sure in the days ahead we’ll learn more about exactly what happened,”
Obama called French President François Hollande Friday night. “The two leaders pledged to work together, and with nations around the world, to defeat the scourge of terrorism,” the White House said in a statement.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people,” the president said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry echoed similar comments as Obama, calling the attacks “an assault on our common humanity.”