How Many Incidents In Paris Are There? Here's What We Know About Violence In Paris — UPDATE
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: At least 60 people in Paris have been killed from the shootings and explosions on Friday, Nov. 13. And, at least 100 hostages are being held at the Bataclan theatre. Officials now believe all the attacks were coordinated.
“This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share,” President Barack Obama said at the White House on Friday. "This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it's like, we've gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves. And whenever these kinds of attacks happened, we've always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner, and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion."
“We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great,” said French President Francois Hollande. He declared a state of emergency — borders will be closed — and advised that people stay home. This is the first time there has been a curfew in Paris since the Nazis occupied the city in 1944. Parisian cabs are offering free rides home to those in need, France 24 reports.
Of the six shootings in Paris and three explosions at the Stade de France, here were the locations and what we know so far:
1. Shots Fired Near The Place De La Republique In Paris
There was gunfire close to a restaurant near Paris’ Place de la Republique. Allegedly, two people were killed and at least seven were injured, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV. Many bodies were seen on the ground and dozens of shots were fired, witnesses said.
2. Shots Fired Near The Bataclan Theatre In Paris
Many minutes later, there was a second shooting around Bataclan, a theater at 50 boulevard Voltaire in the 11th department of Paris. A hostage situation is said to be taking place there, reported BFMTV, with approximately 100 hostages. Just before 6:30 p.m. EST, gunshots were heard.
3. Explosions Near The Stade De France Stadium In St. Denis
Three explosions are said to have happened close to the Stade de France stadium. As a result, there was a lockdown there. President Francois Hollande had been at the stadium watching France play Germany, but was taken to the Interior Ministry to handle the city's catastrophic situation. The explosions were said to have been suicide bombers.
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