Dozens Killed In Paris Attacks
( 4UMF NEWS ) Dozens Killed In Paris Attacks:
French president Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed all borders late Friday after terrorist gunmen opened fire at multiple locations in central Paris, killing dozens of people and taking almost 100 hostage at a rock concert.
Explosions also erupted at the Stade de France, the national stadium, where Germany and France were holding a soccer match, the Associated Press reports.
"It is a terrible trauma for France," Hollande, who had been at the stadium, said in a national TV address."Once again we are under attack."
He 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.
“It’s a horror,” he said.
"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 possible two people came into the concert hall and began shooting, BFM TV reports.
Emilioi Macchio, from Ravenna, Italy, was at the Carillon bar near the restaurant that was targeted, having a beer on the sidewalk, when the shooting started. He said he didn’t see any gunmen or victims, but hid behind a corner, then ran away. “It sounded like fireworks,” he said.
"I was on my way to my sister's when I heard shots being fired. Then I saw three people dead on the ground, I know they were dead because they were being wrapped up in plastic bags," student Fabien Baron tells Reuters.
Witness Ben Grant told the BBC he and his wife were in a bar when he heard gunshots. He was in the back of the bar, didn't see much.
“There are a lot of dead people. It’s pretty horrific to be honest ... The pile of bodies in front was too much for my wife to walk over." Police finally came and got everyone out. There appeared to be at least seven dead, he said.
The French newspaper Liberation quotes a witness as saying two armed men got out of a car parked in the street and began firing. They then jumped back into the vehicle and fled.
Vincent Berthezene, a production assistant for France2 TV tweeted that shots from a Kalashnikov were fired from a car. "Bodies are on the ground," he writes.
A few minutes later, gunfire broke out near the Bataclan Boulevard Voltaire, southeast of the initial incident, as hostages were taken at the Bataclan concert hall.
A BBC journalist at the scene reports 10 people were seen in the street, either dead or seriously injured.
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