SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gunshots and explosions rang through the city of Paris Friday night.
Several coordinated attacks orchestrated by terrorists killed 129 people and injured more than 350 others in a matter of minutes.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on Paris through a video that was shared online by their supporters. Many people western Massachusetts told 22News it’s time to stop ISIS before something like this happens again.
Patricia Young of Holyoke said the U.S. may want to think of new ways to fight back against ISIS. “I’m not sure that we’re doing everything that we can, I see that problem as multifaceted. I think it’s important that we work with our European counterparts to combat ISIS,” she said.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, emerged in Iraq. The terrorist organization started as an outgrowth of an Al Qaeda affiliate in 2013. In 2014, Al Qaeda denounced ISIS for its extreme brutality, brutality that used to be limited to the Middle East.
After the massacre in Paris, many people, like Miguel Herrere of Mexico, are worried the group is extending its reach globally. “We have to be prepared for it. We’ve got to prepare and step up security in the airports and everything,” he said.
The U.S. started launching airstrikes against ISIS one year ago. Last month, the Obama administration sent up to 50 special-operations troops to assist rebels in Syria in the fight against ISIS. Many people are still questioning whether more needs to be done following the Paris attacks.
Sherry Brucknak of Westfield told 22News, she’s worried about what they could do in the future. “I definitely worry about future attacks, it’s hard enough to live the way it is now without more attacks. It scares me for the kids growing up,” she said.