PARIS UNDER TERROR – 150 killed in simultaneous attacks
At least 150 were killed and and unknown number of people were wounded in Paris late Friday night in a string of simultaneous attacks at three different sites.
French police say that about 100 people were killed inside the Bataclan theater in Paris tonight, bringing the total death toll from the multiple terror attacks across the French capital to 150.
Three gunmen were killed during the police raid that came a few hours after the initial attack.
One attack occurred at a restaurant where a gunman reportedly opened fire with an AK-47 automatic rifle before blowing himself up. The number of deaths at the site were initially unknown.
Eighteen were then killed by gunfire at a separate, but also centrally-located site. An additional 11 people were killed by gunfire at another site.
Gunfire was also reported from an additional site, but it was initially unclear of there were deaths or wounded at the scene.
Two explosions were also heard outside the national soccer stadium from which French President Francois Hollande was evacuated while watching a match.
Suicide bombers were said to have been responsible for at least one of the explosions.
Paris police requested that residents remain in their homes. The high number of casualties in the attacks made them the most deadly in France since World War II.
Some 1,500 security operatives were active in the city center in wake of the attack.
US President Barack Obama addressed the attacks in a public statement calling them, “an attack on all of humanity.”
Hollande then addressed the nation on television saying a state of emergency was being declared and that France’s borders would be closed in wake of the attacks.
He also said that security operations were underway with police forces carrying out as assault in the city.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted the embassy in Paris and requested that security be boosted as fears continued that the attacks were not over.
The US Embassy in Paris also took action, making every effort to account for American citizens in the city, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.
Fears that there could be additional attacks overseas inspired New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to state the city was on constant alert and ready for any potential attacks that may follow.
Officials said however, that there was no credible intelligence that the US may be attacked.
- French police have said ‘at least 140 people’ have been killed many attacks in Paris
- Hostage situation, involving at least 100 people, is enfolding in the Bataclan theatre
- Police have confirmed there have been ‘multiple’ acts of violence across the capital
- There are reports of an explosion near the Stade de France
- Journalists in Paris described the scenes as a “coordinated” series of attacks across the capital. Witnesses have described a lone gunman who “sprayed the bars with bullets, leaving several customers dead or wounded.”
- Another attack was subsequently reported and began unfolding at the Les Halles Shopping Mall.Paris police requested that residents remain in their homes. The high number of casualties in the attacks made them the most deadly in France since World War II.US President Barack Obama addressed the attacks in a public statement calling them, “an attack on all of humanity.”
- Hollande addressed the nation on television saying a state of emergency was being declared and that France’s borders would be closed in wake of the attacks.
- The French government placed the country on “Plan Rouge Alpha” (Plan Red Alpha), the highest terror alert in the country following a series of coordinated attacks that have left at least 60 people dead.
- unconfirmed reports that people taken hostage within the concert hall were urging the police to storm the building as the gunmen were shooting them one by one.
- Escaped hostage from Bataclan tells CNN terrorists calmly executed hostages, reloaded, executed again in silence.
- An eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous, has described the “horrific” scenes to The Independent:“We were in a restaurant a couple of blocks away. Waitress told us to stay and tried to get a cab but couldn’t.Then people running passed and guy came in telling us to run as the guy with gun was coming this way”.
- French police confirm that the attack on the soccer stadium in Paris consisted of two suicide bombers and one explosion.
- As many as five shootings have been reported across the capital
- French police and the nation’s army have poured onto the streets, as Paris declares a curfew
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted the embassy in Paris and requested that security be boosted as fears continued that the attacks were not over.
- According to AFP, police are storming the Bataclan concert hall where it is said some 100 people were being held hostage.
- Reports of flights turning away from France.
- Fears that there could be additional attacks overseas inspired New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to state the city was on constant alert and ready for any potential attacks that may follow. Officials said however, that there was no credible intelligence that the US may be attacked.
- French police say that the raid on the Bataclan theater in Paris, where some 100 people were said to be held hostage, is now over and two terrorists have been killed.
- Jenny Watson, an eyewitness who was at the Bataclan concert hall when the gunmen opened fire, describes the scene to France 24:“I was on the first floor of the venue — at the concert listening to the music. All of a sudden we heard gunshots. At first I thought it was a joke.”
She realized that it wasn’t because “people were ducking behind the seats. That’s when I realized that we had to get out.”
Watson adds: “A group of us managed to escape through a safety exit near the first floor of the venue… We all ran out in the middle of the street.”
“I saw a few people down; I saw some blood,” she says. “It was actually quite horrible; I’m only realizing it now.”
- Dozens of people are dead inside Paris’ famous Bataclan theater where a terrorist attack took place earlier tonight, and some 100 people were taken hostage. The death toll is expected to rise as the situation becomes clearer.
- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel stands “shoulder to shoulder” with France in the “war against terrorism” after a deadly string of attacks in Paris left at least 140 dead tonight.“Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with President Francois Hollande and with the French people in the war against terrorism,” Netanyahu said as he offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
- Facebook has activated its Safety Check feature — allowing user to alert friends and other users that they are safe —
- A French police official says top government officials including President Francois Hollande were headed to the Bataclan concert hall where 100 were killed.
- The office of the French President Francois Hollande says that at least 1,500 extra soldiers have been deployed to Paris
- Belgium also decided to increase security on their borders
- Twitter accounts linked to jihadists are celebrating the attacks in Paris.
- French President Francois Hollande says France will fight the attackers “without mercy” after touring the site of the deadliest attack
- French authorities say five known terrorists have so far been killed, including one suicide bomber
- ISIS claims responsibility for the attacks
- In the midst of chaos, Parisians have taken to social media with the hashtag #porteoverte, meaning “open door,” to tell anyone who is out on the streets where they can come inside. Many people have tweeted their personal addresses, offering to open their doors to strangers.
- DC officials have “deployed additional law enforcement resources” to high-profile and “French-owned” sites.
More to follow