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Dozens dead in series of terror attacks in France as Kalashnikov-wielding gunman opens fire in restaurant, 100 hostages are taken at theatre and two blasts are heard near the Stade de France

Paris shooting victims litter the sidewalk

Paris shooting victims litter the sidewalk

  • At least 60 people have been killed and several wounded in a series of terror attacks in the heart of Paris tonight
  • 11 were killed in restaurant shootout on Rue Bichat, close to where Charlie Hebdo shootings occurred in January 

 

  • Another 15  killed in the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists are said to be holding around 100 people hostage
  • The terrorists shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ and ‘this is for Syria’ as they burst in and opened fire, witnesses have said
Paris Police at scene of shooting

Paris Police at scene of shooting

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A series of coordinated terror attacks in the heart of Paris have left at least 60 dead and paralysed the French capital with fear.

At least 11 were killed in a restaurant shootout and another 15 at the Bataclan concert hall where terrorists are said to be holding 100 people hostage.

Stade de france

Stade de france

Stade de france Stade de france

Two loud explosions were heard outside the Stade de France sports stadium where the French football team was playing a friendly match against Germany.

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Terrorists have launched six coordinated attacks throughout the city tonight, French police confirmed.

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40 Killed in Paris Shootings and Explosion

40 Killed in Paris Shootings and Explosion

A man who was inside the theatre when the gunmen entered told a French radio station that the men shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ as they opened fire.

He added: ‘The men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell. I took my mum, and we hid. Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out.

‘I was only thinking of escaping. We’re out now. I think people are still inside. It’s a nightmare – a nightmare.’

They also shouted, ‘this is for Syria’, another witness at the theatre claimed.

‘We are all terrified, and have been told to get away as soon as possible,’ said Gilles Avel, a 19-year-old student who was enjoying a night out with friends close to the Bataclan, where a band called the Eagles of Death Metal was playing.

‘There were shots and then lots of people running. We knew there was a rock concert going on in the Bataclan.’

Paris Police Attend Suspected terror attacks

Paris Police Attend Suspected terror attacks

Anti-terrorist police and soldiers could be seen flooding into the area. There have been unconfirmed reports that the attacker near the stadium was a suicide bomber.

An eyewitness said the two explosions were loud enough to be heard over the sound of cheering fans. Sirens were heard immediately and a helicopter was seen circling overhead.

Players briefly stopped in their tracks when they heard the twin blasts. Following news of the attack, thousands of fans – too scared to leave the stadium – poured onto the pitch.

Machine gun fire and screams were heard from inside a restaurant on Rue Bichat at around 9pm

An AK47 gunman attacked a Korean restaurant in the Bastille area of the city, while grenade blasts were also heard.

Police and other emergency services are at the scene, which is close to where the Charlie Hebdo attack happened in January.

Images posted online showed the cracked windows of what appeared to be the restaurant under attack.

Dozens of people were standing outside their cars on the junction opposite and the lights of police cars could be seen above them.

Eyewitness Ben Grant, who was in a nearby bar with his wife at the time, said he saw six or seven bodies on the ground.

Bodies litter the streets of Paris

Bodies litter the streets of Paris

He told the BBC: ‘I was told people in cars had opened fire on the bar. There are lots of dead people. It’s pretty horrific to be honest.

‘I was at the back of the bar. I couldn’t see anything. I heard gunshots.

People dropped to the ground. We put a table over our heads to protect us.

We were held up in the bar because there was a pile of bodies in front of us.’

Emilioi Macchio from Italy was at a bar close to where the restaurant shooting took place, and said it ‘sounded like fireworks’.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named.

Paris’ deputy mayor said the attacks were a horrific reminder of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January.

‘It’s a heavy recollection of what happened in January (C. Hebdo). Now we are struck again. This is harder. I am shaken,’ he said.

David Cameron said that he was ‘shocked by events in Paris’ and pledged to do ‘whatever we can to help’, adding: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people.’

The restaurant targeted Friday, Le Carillon, is in the same general neighborhood as the Charlie Hebdo offices.

France has been on edge since ISIS extremists launched a bloody attack on the satirical newspaper and a kosher grocery that left 20 people – including the three attackers – dead.

The attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left 13 dead when two Paris born terrorists slaughtered its cartoonists and general staff members.

Four Jewish shoppers were also murdered in the same set of attacks inside a Kosher supermarket in nearby Vincennes.

The French capital has been on a high state of alert ever since, with security services warning that another attack was always likely.

ISIS’s online supporters have already started to celebrate the devastating attack in Paris, using the hashtag ‘Paris in fire’ on social media, but it has not been confirmed whether the terror group is behind the attacks.

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At least 60 people were killed in four coordinated shooting and bomb attacks in central Paris late Friday while up to 100 others were taken hostage at a heavy metal concert, French authorities said.

A man armed with a Kalashnikov fatally shot a number of people and wounded seven others at a packed restaurant and there were also a pair of explosions in another restaurant near the Stade de France, where the French soccer team was playing Germany.

Response to Terror Bombing near Stade de France

Response to Terror Bombing near Stade de France

Authorities suspect the attack near the stadium was the work of a suicide bomber.

Two other gunmen fired at least 20 shots in the Bataclan theater, where the US band the Eagles of Death Metal were playing, killing a number and holding up to 100 concertgoers hostage.

 

And there were reports of yet another shooting the Les Halles shopping mall.

A US law enforcement official said the attacks bore all the signs of a terrorist operation.

“Typically when there are coordinated attacks — in this case three — it has all the hallmarks of it being a terrorist attack,” the source said.

Police and ambulances were on the scene outside the Cambodge Cambodian restaurant in the 10th arrondissement or district where one of the atrocities occurred.

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Dozens of shots were fired, according to witnesses, who described the grisly scene as a “nightmare,” with multiple bodies lying in the street, the Liberation newspaper reports.

Reports said that French President Hollande was in the stadium at the time of the attacks but was hustled away by his security team.

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Hollande later called an emergency cabinet.

The game continued for some time before authorities asked fans.

The city was in a state of panic as authorities were frantically trying to determine if some of the attackers were still on the loose.

Friday morning, Germany’s national team returned to its hotel in western Paris after being evacuated following a bomb threat, The Telegraph reported.

The Hotel Molitor said an anonymous person called in the threat at 9:50 a.m. and the German team and other guests were quickly evacuated.

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