In all, 130 people died in the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris. Th worst of the carnage was at the Bataclan which was packed with fans of Eagles of Death Metal, a California-based rock group touring Europe. About 80 of the dead were found at the venue.
All three Bataclan attackers were killed, two by detonating suicide vests and one who was shot by police. All the band members survived what was just one of a coordinated string of suicide bombings and shootings across Paris.
The violence, which occurred 11 months after gunmen linked to Al-Qaeda carried out a deadly attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was one of the worst atrocities to strike the French capital in recent memory.
The recent Paris attacks continue to reverberate, increasing Islamophobia and prompting many European governments to discuss their approach to resettling refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and Libya. And the Paris attacks, along with last week’s terror-linked mass shooting in California, may have altered the U.S. presidential campaign, most recently with Republican 2016 hopeful Donald Trump calling for a “complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the United States, a sentiment that was widely repudiated.
The other two attackers at the Bataclan, among seven in all who died in the assaults around Paris, have been named as Samy Amimour, 28, from Drancy, north east ofParis, and Ismail Omar Mostefai, 29, who lived in Chartres, south west of Paris.
Amimour also spent time in Syria, as did the presumed ringleader of the Nov. 13 attackers, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 28, a Belgian of Moroccan origin who was killed the following week in a police raid near Paris.
Another attacker, Salah Abdeslam, 26, French and born in Brussels, is still on the run.
The men who stormed the Bataclan fired assault rifles inside the venue, which was packed to capacity with about 1,500 people.
As that attack unfolded inside the concert hall, gunmen shot at least a dozen diners at a Cambodian restaurant nearby, and two deadly explosions hit at the Stade de France, where the French and German soccer teams were facing off.
ISIL has claimed responsibility for the assaults, issuing a statement the day after the attacks that said its fighters, armed with suicide-bomb vests and machine guns, carried out the attacks at locations that had been carefully studied. The attacks were designed to show France that it would remain a top target for the group as long as it continues its current polices, the statement continued.
There is still identification work for the police to do. One of the attackers, who was killed Nov. 18 in a police raid on a hideout, remains entirely unidentified. Two of the suicide bombers at the French national stadium carried Syrian passports that are believed to be fake.
Al Jazeera with wire services