Daesh (also known as the Islamic State) released a statement claiming responsibility for the coordinated attacks in Paris, reported Reuters. “Soldiers of Caliphate has targeted the capital of abomination and perversion,” said the statement, which was released in French and Arabic.
According to the statement, Daesh members armed with suicide belts and machine guns attacked multiple "specifically chosen" locations in Paris. The attacks were retaliation for French airstrikes against Daesh and insults against the Prophet Mohammed.
The group also urged its members who cannot travel to Syria to conduct attacks in France, and called the country its "top target."
French President Francois Hollande said the group was responsible for the attacks in a statement Saturday morning.
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