Bloodbath’ in Paris leaves at least 280 dead and hunreds injured, French borders closed after terror attacks
At least three explosions were reported near the Stade de France, north of Paris, during a soccer match between France and Germany.
A woman stands next to a window that had been shot out during gunfire in Paris on Friday evening. Authorities said gunfire erupted at a restaurant and multiple explosions went off near the Stade de France during a soccer match between Germany and France, which was attended by French President Francois Hollande. Photo by Vincent Berthézène/Twitter
PARIS, Nov. 13 (UPI) — An elaborate and coordinated terrorist attack struck in the heart of France on Friday evening — with more than 100 people shot one by one at a concert hall, with gunfire and explosions killing and wounding dozens more elsewhere, officials and witnesses said.
Gunmen started shooting in downtown Paris about 9:30 p.m. local time, which was coordinated with multiple explosions near the national stadium, Stade de France, just north of the city in Saint-Denis.
Attackers also took about 100 people hostage at the city’s Bataclan music hall during a concert, police said. Some of the hostages were freed early Saturday morning but officials said dozens also died inside the venue.
Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman said perhaps 118 people were killed there. France’s interior ministry reportedly put that number at 112, according to CNN.
Those numbers do not include the dozens killed in the gunfire and explosions outside the music hall, which can seat 1,500 people. Officials identified six different sites near Paris that were attacked. Five terrorists have been “neutralized,” according to a French prosecutor.
French President Francois Hollande called the attacks “unprecedented” — an assessment Klugman echoed in his remarks.
“We are facing an unknown and historic situation in Paris,” he said.
“It was a bloodbath,” radio reporter Julien Pearce, who was inside the Bataclan, said.
Officials later confirmed that gunmen had taken over the concert hall, and that at least two had been killed. Some reports also indicated that police officials believe at least one of the explosions was a suicide bombing.
French journalist Mathieu Cavada tweeted that at least four police officers were killed inside the Bataclan when two terrorists set off explosives strapped to their bodies. Police ultimately moved in and killed the gunmen.
Germany and France were playing a match at the soccer stadium at the time of the blasts, where Hollande was also in attendance. He was unharmed and left the stadium to assist in the emergency response.
We strongly condemned these terrorist attacks. Now the Muslim Ummah must open their eyes and declared unanimously non Muslims to these terrorists so called ISIS (DAISH).. Why they are claiming themselves as Muslims when they are the killers of innocent ones women and children.
In the same way USA and SAUDI Arabia must stop continuous supporting the terrorists all over the world. Saudi Kingdom is directly involved in these kinds of terrorists activities around the globe in the form of Taliban in Afghanistan, Al Qaida in Europe and Sipahe Sahaba / Lasker e Jhangvi in Pakistan.Every terrorist and his supporter must be killed to develop permanent peace in the globe. Otherwise these kinds of terrorist will be increased day by day all over the world.