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At least 60 people are killed and numerous hostages taken in Paris terror attacks

A series of shootings and explosions erupted in Paris on Friday, in what could be the deadliest attack France has seen in decades. According to French President Holland, the attacks are a coordinated terrorist attack.

A series of shootings and explosions erupted in Paris on Friday, in what could be the deadliest attack France has seen in decades. According to French President Holland, the attacks are a coordinated terrorist attack.

The French Military has been deployed and France is now in a state of emergency. According to the BBC, 35 are dead at a French theater, and at least three explosions have been reported outside a bar near the Stade de France, where France is hosting Germany for football match.

In a fast moving situation, French media, are now reporting violent events in various parts of the city. The French President Francois Hollande was reportedly evacuated from stadium.

Known incidents include, a shooting  at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 11th district and an ongoing hostage situation at the Bataclan arts centre with an unknown number of hostages taken inside the art center itself. There are claims that least 60 to 100 people being held hostage.

According to BFM TV, the shooting at the Bataclan venue began one hour after the concert of a California rock group called “Eagles of Death Metal.” One or two people came in and began shooting in the air.  It is unclear whether band members are among the hostages. No terrorist group has claimed to be responsible.

A video of the apparent aftermath of the restaurant shooting was uploaded to LiveLeak today:

This story is still developing.

[Update]:

From Mediaite:

French President Francois Hollande delivered a statement earlier tonight on the horrible attacks in Paris that killed dozens of people.

Hollande declared a state of emergency and even made a very drastic call to close France’s borders after speaking of sending in military reinforcement to make sure there are no further attacks.

“We know who these terrorists are,” he said, adding that all of France should come together and stay strong in the face of such a horrible attack.

Featured image: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

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