At Least 100 Killed At Concert Hall
( 4UMF NEWS ) At Least 100 Killed At Concert Hall:
Terrorists went on a murder spree in central Paris Friday, killing scores of people in multiple attacks, including around 100 hostages held at a concert hall before French police stormed the theater. At least two terrorists were killed.
Explosions and gunfire erupted as the heavily armed security forces poured into the theater where a rock group from California had been playing. One police official described “carnage” inside the building, saying the attackers tossed explosives at the hostages.
The death toll from as many as six terrorist attacks throughout the city varied widely. A French police official says at least 100 died at the Paris concert hall, the Associated Press reports. In addition, a police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and other officials said at least three people died when bombs went off outside a stadium.
French President Hollande, speaking on national TV, declared a state of emergency and closed all borders late Friday after the terrorist gunmen opened fire at multiple locations. Terrorists also set off explosives at the Stade de France, the national stadium, where Germany and France were holding a friendly soccer match.
"Terrorist attacks of unprecedented scale are underway," Hollande said in a national TV address. "There have been dozens of deaths, there are many injured, it's a horror." The French president, who had been at the stadium, called the attacks a "a terrible trauma" for France.
The attacks comes 11 months after brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi stormed the Paris offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store, killing 12 people. Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch took credit for that attack, which shocked the French city. "Once again we are under attack," he said.
Hollande said the French military was being deployed around Paris after the unprecedented attacks. He added, without elaborating, that security forces were assaulting one of the sites hit by Friday’s attacks.
"The terrorists want to scare us and instill fear," he said. "There are reasons to be afraid, but the nation knows how to defend itself and mobilize its forces and how to defeat the terrorists."
The death toll ranged as high as 60 in the French media. The Associated Press quoted police as saying 35 were killed in the attacks.
In Washington, President Obama called the assaults an "attack on all humanity and the universal values we all share." He called it "a heartbreaking situation."
Obama says he does not want to speculate about who may be responsible for Paris attacks.No group took immediately responsibility for the attacks.
According to the Associated Press, a police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and about more than a dozen killed in the Bataclan theatre, where a hostage-taking is under way.
The California rock group Eagles of Death Metal were playing at the time. One or possibly two people came into the concert hall and began shooting, BFM TV reports. Witnesses said the gun at the Paris concert hall shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and fired into the crowd, multiple media outlets reported.
Pierre Marie Bertin, 36, was at the Bataclan when the shooting started. "At first I didn’t understand what was going on — there were so many gunshots and debris flying at my head," he said. "You get down. You find yourself between dead bodies."
He said there were as many as four gunmen. At one point, he said, some male hostages "went onto the balcony and tried to negotiate for the life of their wives with one of the guys. It was sickening."
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