Are Paris' Shooting & Explosion Related? It's Unclear If The Events Are Linked
Update: French police confirmed a total of six attacks in Paris, including two suicide attacks and one bombing near the Stade de France, as well as attacks at the Bataclan concert hall and a restaurant. French news outlets reported that police launched an assault on the Bataclan concert hall, where gunmen were holding 100 hostages. According to The Guardian, eight attackers are dead, several of whom died after detonating suicide belts. Authorities have reported that the number of fatalities has reached at least 120. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks; President Hollande agrees it was the terror group.
Earlier: Several violent events happened in Paris on Friday — a shooting in a restaurant, at least one explosion near the main stadium, and a shooting at a nightclub. But are the Paris shootings and explosion related? Officials believe this was a coordinated attack.
The shooting, which took place at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 11th arrondissement, left several people dead and wounded. It was perpetrated by shooters using automatic weapons. Meanwhile, there was also at least one explosion at a bar near the Stade de France stadium north of the city. The stadium was playing host to a match between France and Germany, which French President Francois Hollande was attending. He has since been evacuated, while the 80,000 remaining spectators were said to be held inside the stadium. The Bataclan concert venue, also in the 11th arrondissement, was also attacked by as many as six gunmen. There have been reports of a hostage situation involving as many as 100 people at that location.
Associated Press is currently reporting between 30 and 40 people dead and dozens of people injured.
The January shooting at the Charlie Hedbo offices also took place in the 11th arrondissement, nearby to the locations of Friday's shootings.