What Kind Of Gun Did The Paris Shooters Use? Kalashnikovs, AK-47s, Were Reportedly Seen
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: Horrific news out of France: Friday evening, multiple violent attacks took place across Paris, killing and wounding many. Gunmen reportedly opened fire at Carillon bar, a lone gunman opened fire at Le Petit Combodge restaurant, multiple explosions went off near Stade de France stadium, and hostages have been taken at Bataclan concert hall. According to The Daily Mail, these attacks have left at least 60 dead, and an estimated 100 concertgoers have been taken hostage. According to The Telegraph, the attackers are armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs. (Kalashnikovs, or AK-47s, are automatic rifles.) The Economist reports that the hostages who escaped Bataclan saw the attackers use pump-action shotguns.
President Obama has responded to the attacks in an official statement. "This is an attack not just on Paris. It's an attack not just on the people of France," he told reporters. "But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share."
"We're going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice," he said. President Obama did not "speculate at this point in terms of who is responsible for this."
Though the attackers have yet to be identified, officials reportedly believe that all of the attacks were coordinated. French President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency across France after the terrorist attacks.