PARIS ATTACK: ‘At least 60 dead’ after two separate shootings in French capital
French police have said 'at least 60 people' have been killed after two separate shootings in Paris A hostage situation, involving as many as 100 people, is unfolding the Bataclan theatre There are also reports of two explosions near the Stade de
- French police have said ‘at least 60 people’ have been killed after two separate shootings in Paris
- A hostage situation, involving as many as 100 people, is unfolding the Bataclan theatre
- There are also reports of two explosions near the Stade de France, five miles from the shootings
- Police have confirmed there have been ‘multiple’ acts of violence across the capital
One witness who escaped from the Bataclan rock venue said: “There was blood everywhere. They were firing automatic rifles into the crowd.”
Two gunmen were holding out in the concert hall late last night. It was unclear whether they had any hostages.
We are also getting 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.
This report is from The Independent’s correspondent in Paris
At least 60 people have been killed and around 100 others are being held hostage following a series of coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night.
Police say there have been multiple shootings and several explosions across the French capital.
Witnesses at the theatre have reported seeing two armed men enter the building and open fire.
French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency in response to the attacks and ordered the country’s borders be closed.
In a televised address, he said the nation would stand firm and united against the attackers.
“It’s a horror,” Mr Hollande said.
In the 10th arrondissement – not far from the offices of magazine publisher Charlie Hebdo – police say 11 people were killed near a restaurant.
Witnesses have described seeing bodies lying in the streets. According to local media reports, the gunmen have not been caught.
There are separate reports that a third shooting has taken place at the Central Les Halles shopping mall.
Elsewhere in the capital, several explosions were heard near the Stade de France, where the national football team was playing Germany.
An Associated Press reporter who was at the stadium has recounted hearing two explosions that were loud enough to penetrate the sound of cheering fans.
Those at the stadium can be seen rushing onto the pitch after hearing the explosions.
Residents of Paris have been asked to stay home.
US President Barack Obama has described the attacks as an “outrageous attempt to terrorise civilians” and has promised to do everything he can to bring those responsible to justice.
Source: Sky News
France was rocked by multiple, near simultaneous attacks on entertainment sites around Paris on Friday evening and French media said at least 60 people were killed and hostages were being held in a concert hall in the capital.
The apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks came as the country, a founder member of the U.S.-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State fighters in Syriaand Iraq, was on high alert for terrorist attacks ahead of a global climate conference that opens later this month.
Western security sources said they suspected an Islamist militant group was behind the carnage.
At least two explosions were heard near the Stade de France national stadium where a France-Germany friendly football match was being played, attended by President Francois Hollande.
The match continued until the end but panic broke out in the crowd as rumours of the attack spread, and spectators were held in the stadium and assembled spontaneously on the pitch.
There were reports of possibly as many as four shootings in central Paris, one of which turned into a hostage taking at a popular rock music venue, witnesses said.
TF1 television said up to 35 people were dead near the football stadium, including two suspected suicide bombers in the attack in the neighbourhood of Saint Denis, north of central Paris.