Ban condemns ‘despicable’ terrorist attacks in Paris, demands immediate release of reported hostages
13 November 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the “despicable terrorist attacks” carried out today in various locations in and around Paris and demanded the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General condemned the multiple attacks that took place in the French capital.
Though the situation remains fluid, media reports have suggested that a national state of emergency has been called in the wake of multiple shootings throughout Paris, including at the Bataclan arts centre in the 11th arrondissement, which appears to be one of four venues attacked and where dozens of people are reportedly being held hostage.
“The Secretary-General trusts that the French authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly,” said the statement.
Extending his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishing a speedy recovery to those injured, Mr. Ban said in his statement that he stands with the Government and people of France.