Twenty men are heading to trial in the 2015 Paris terror attacks. Here's a look back

The 2015 attacks in Paris left 130 people dead and hundreds of others wounded.


The 2015 attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. A trial begins Wednesday of 20 men accused of having roles in the carnage.

The attacks were carefully planned and simultaneous across the French capital.

Here's a timeline of events:

September-November 2015: Two apartments and a house in Belgium are rented under false identities to prepare and coordinate the attacks. Salah Abdeslam rents two cars in Belgium to drive to France.

Nov. 13, 2015

  • 9:16 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. — Two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the national stadium just north of Paris after they failed to enter it. A security guard and both bombers died.
  • 9:24 p.m. to 9:36 p.m. — Three shootings took place at different restaurants in the 10th and 11th arrondissement of Paris; 39 people died.
  • 9:41 p.m. — A suicide bomber detonated his vest by another restaurant. No one was killed, but two people were wounded.
  • 9:47 p.m. — Three gunmen stormed the Bataclan concert hall, leaving 90 people dead.
  • 9:53 p.m. — A suicide bomber detonated his vest near the national stadium. He was the only one killed.

Nov. 14, 2015

  • 12:12 a.m. — Police special forces entered the Bataclan, two terrorists blew themselves up, one was killed by police.
  • Early morning — Salah Abdeslam, who had dropped the stadium bombers off and whose brother was one of the restaurant attackers, fled to Belgium.
  • 11:42 a.m. — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks as retaliation against France for "insulting (the) Prophet" and for air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

Nov. 17-18, 2015

  • Police raided a house in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, where two men involved in the attacks were hidden. One of the men detonated his explosive vest. Both men, and a woman who was with them, were killed in the blast.

March 18, 2016

  • Salah Abdeslam was captured in the Molenbeek area of Brussels, Belgium.

March 22, 2016

  • Three suicide bombers connected to the November 2015 Paris attacks killed 32 people and injured more than 300 at the Brussels airport.

April 8, 2016

  • Mohamed Abrini, who was involved in the Paris attacks and Brussels bombings, was arrested in Anderlecht, outside Brussels.

Sept. 8, 2021

  • The trial against the accused co-conspirators is set to open Paris. A total of 20 men are named as defendants. Abrini, Abdeslam and 12 others are set to appear. Five of the defendants are presumed dead. One is on the run.

May 25, 2022

  • The judges are expected to give their verdict.