French President Francois Hollande has closed the French borders and mobilised the army amid chaotic terrorist attacks in central Paris that killed an estimated 158 people, in at least six shooting and bombing attacks, including 118 in a concert hall.
At least 158 people have died in Paris in a seemingly coordinated wave of gun and suicide bomb attacks, prompting the French president, François Hollande, to declare a state of emergency and shut the country’s borders.
What seems likely to be the most deadly terrorist attack in Europe since the 2004 train bombings in Madrid saw gun attacks at a rock concert and two restaurants, along with a series of blasts near the Stade de France, where the national side were playing Germany in an international football match.
Police officials told AP that two of the incidents near the stadium involved suicide attacks, with three people reported to be killed.
By far the bloodiest of the incidents resulted in about 100 people being killed at a concert by a US rock group, Eagles of Death Metal, when gunmen opened fire inside the Bataclan concert venue in the 11th arrondissement. Many people in the crowd were reportedly held hostage before armed police stormed the venue, killing two attackers.
On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway.