A coordinated terror attack in Paris that included multiple bombings and shooting rampages, and culminated in a hostage situation at a crowded rock concert left at least 100 people dead and dozens more injured.
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Breaking news out of Paris, where reports of casualties are rolling in after at least three shootouts broke out across the city in local restaurants, and multiple explosions were reported at a stadium where French President François Hollande was attending a French-German football match.
According to reports, “several people were killed and seven others injured” when a man reportedly armed with an AK-47 opened fire inside a Paris restaurant in the tenth arrondissement. And according to the BBC, a reporter saw at least another ten people lying dead or seriously injured after a separate shooting at a restaurant called Cambodge in the 11th district.
Au 90 rue de Charonne, un 7ème corps ... pic.twitter.com/PGFh63cwTj— Tommy Pouilly (@5h55) November 13, 2015
“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,” an eyewitness reportedly told the BBC. “We were held up in the bar because there was a pile of bodies in front of us.”
Simultaneous reports also indicate several grenades were thrown near the Stade de France, where casualties have also been reported. At least one dismembered body has been reported near the stadium where, according to the AP, at least two explosions were heard. French President François Hollande was reportedly in the stadium and has since been evacuated.
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A Vine shot at the football match appears to contain audio of at least one explosion.
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The scene inside the football stadium right now:
Hélicoptère, pelouse envahie, scènes surréalistes. pic.twitter.com/PT5HXyKbDK— Vincent Menichini (@v_menichini) November 13, 2015
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Reports from Bataclan: some escaped, describing pools of blood and attackers using pump-action shotgun against crowd inside— Jeremy Cliffe (@JeremyCliffe) November 13, 2015
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Mary Lou Dorio, the mother of Julian Dorio, the drummer for Eagles of Death Metal, tells the Washington Post her son is safe. She said it was great news.
She said she spoke to her son’s wife, who said that the band members had managed to flee the concert hall when the attack began. The fate of several crew members remains unknown, she said.
“It was awful,” his mother said. She added that her son was at a local police station, where he was able to call his wife. He had left his phone on stage.
Others who escaped the concert venue described a brutal scene to reporters.
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#BREAKING Attacks in Paris took place at seven locations: security source— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 13, 2015
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“We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation,” says an update on the Eagles of Death Metal Facebook page.
According to various reports, an evacuation of the theater is currently underway. A Le Monde reporter says on Twitter: “a ladder placed against the theater bldg. People are climbing down. Looks to be an evacuation.”
CNN is also running similar reports:
CNN talking to reporter who says around 150 people evac'd from theater; another 2 dozen or so still trapped inside.— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) November 13, 2015
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Update 8:20 p.m. Paris taxi drivers are offering Parisians free rides home.