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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. 

Paris_attacks_4Police said that the two cornered gunmen were believed to be responsible for the three mass shootings in eastern Paris  which caused the great majority of the casualties.

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.

Paris_AttackOne of the shootings took place at the Bataclan theatre in the 11th arrondissement, where police say around 100 people are still being held hostage.

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.

Hollande_President Francois Hollande was inside the stadium at the time, but has since been rushed to the Interior Ministry to deal with the unfolding situation.

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.

Paris_attck_6_stadAt 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.

Source: Reuters 

The situation is active and developing ….


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  • Tesfaldet abraha November 13, 2015

    I BET evry one because of what France president say against ERITREA the ERITREAN opposition will use this saying the shutters are angry. ERITREANS because the identity of the shutters is anknown

    • smret22 November 13, 2015

      What are you talking about. No one will think this is eritrea related. Just assenna posted this major news it does not mean about eritrea. The only thing I can see coming is frans will be more restrect to refuges like eritreans.

  • Kebire November 13, 2015

    May the people of France get the strength to deal with this terrible tragedy.

    It is hard to deal with destructive people who want to go back in the 7th century of ignorance and Jahlia era with such barbarian mentality. These savage terrorist Jehadis believe that they can turn back the wheel of history. They know that they have lost the war, therefore they are ready to die in the hope of getting the final “72 virgins”.
    Do not be surprised if there are still hypocrite people who hide with their children in the comfort of the civilized christian West as “refugees” but sympathize with these savages.
    This is hardly surprising to Eritreans and Ethiopians who had seen more than sixty of their compatriots being beheaded and executed by these Jihadi dogs in Libya and many still living in slavery in Libya and Egypt.

  • Tesfaldet abraha November 13, 2015

    This will be big for HUMAN Rights to cause ERITREA evry one heard what the France president says against ERITREA so the HUMAN Rights trying to fool the world will say the GOV of ISAYAS afwrki have hand the HUMAN Rights need propganda to use it against ERITREA

  • AHMED SALEH November 13, 2015

    Tesfaldet asha
    Do we have to act stupid even at times of humans tragedies ?
    No wonder Issayas cult produced idiots with tiny brain in denial
    not to face reality even when their own died unnecessarily .

    • Nsane November 14, 2015

      Aka Tesfaldet asha
      nay bhaki asha
      nay bhaki kufue seb

  • Alem Gebremichael ( female ) November 13, 2015

    This is a terrorist attack in response of US. led coalition waging air strikes
    against Islamic state in Syria and Iraq .This attack has nothing to do to what
    President Francois Hollande said against Eritrea. I hope Eritrean refuges won’t face
    any consequences.

    • AHMED SALEH November 14, 2015

      The sad part those innocent refugees the world witnessed victims of political turmoil in their country can be used as escape goat for
      naysayers anti-immigrants racist Groups .
      President of France expressed concern of Eritrean people recently
      and we do the same at their unfortunate situation , we feel their
      pain .

  • Teclay November 14, 2015

    What will be the consequences of this Jihadi war against civilization ????
    Well it is natural the western right wing will be strong.
    What would happen if all Arabs and Africans needed to be sent back?? or be hunted in western streets ????
    Do you have any where to go ???? Yes, your Bahre-Negassh is no moor there???? You destroyed your self,So you have to be ready for any eventuality-

    My Good may accept the victims of the barbaric Jihadists.

    • AHMED SALEH November 14, 2015

      Nothing to do with Eritreans but keep your hatred rolling until
      it roll back against you . We as ordinary people only mention at
      Eritrean issues but you guys tried hard to see us engaged in some
      conflicts with Ethiopians . We are not stupid enough to fell in
      your trap . Thanks no thanks .
      Eritreans don’t understand zigzag way of talk , if we hate you we
      can’t hide it . I hate Weyane but I don’t have issues with Tigray
      people , straight talk either you like it or not .

    • Nsane November 14, 2015

      Anta Teklay
      kan beka Bahre Negash kitbli mok elka. Bahre Negash tbhal hager tgebro tselot nay derho tselot eyu.
      Eritrea,Sudan , Ethiopia Kenya enda belka zemir mis gizie kid hangolka absilo yelekan yelekan ay Eritrawi, Ethiopiawi mongo mongo tgebra aleka atehasasbaka.

  • Wedi Barkay November 14, 2015

    Our deep condolences for the French,

    It is very sad to hear such tragedy to happen against peaceful innocent people. The French people and government are very welcoming to refugees and asylum seekers. It is really heart shattering incident, our symthasy and support to the victims families. Terrorism have no religion or place, it is immoral act of barbaric mentality that can only see darkness. Terrorism should be fought everywhere and must be destroyed from earth.

  • k.tewolde November 14, 2015

    Paris,the city of romance,leisurely sidewalk cafes,the sight of lovers walking by whispering sweet things in their ears, intoxicating blend of aromas filling the air from restaurants,bouquets, and specialty stores………..and this.Few months ago on the incident that happened in Sweden in the supermarket,I posted “brace yourself Europe…” I am deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives who were just having a good time on a Friday night.No just cause sets out on a mission like that. HGDEF might compete with this group on a different scope and scale.