Muslim terrorists opened fire in multiple Paris locations on Friday evening, resulting in several casualties. Explosions were also heard nearby. Over 150 people have been killed, according to French authorities.
Attacks occurred in at least seven locations, including the Les Halles shopping mall, the Louvre, the football stadium, and the Bataclan concert hall, where hostages were taken.
Two explosions were heard near a Paris stadium during the France-Germany football match which may have been caused by grenades. French President Francois Hollande was in the Stade de France at the time of the explosions and was rushed to a secure location.
City officials also shut down the city’s metro.
The explosion was loud enough to be heard over the cheers of the stadium crowd.
Initial reports indicated that at least four were dead when a man armed with a Kalashnikov entered a restaurant near Place de la Republique. The situation quicklky escalated from there.
A separate incident also occurred in a nearby bar known as the Bataclan, a theater where the band Eagles of Death Metal were scheduled to play. French authorities evacuated bars and restaurants in the area, where terrorist held roughly 100 people hostage inside the concert hall. After a standoff with police, authorities estimate that as many as 118 may be dead, as well three Middle Eastern terrorists.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that some hostages have escaped and described pools of blood as attackers used pump-action shotguns against the crowd. Witnesses say there are between 6 and 8 attackers inside Bataclan who are searching for anyone hiding inside the building. Attackers are also reportedly exchanging gunfire with police, opening fire as law enforcement tried to enter the theater.
Witnesses say that one of the gunman screamed “It’s for Syria” and “Allahu Akbar,” according to French media.
Supporters of the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group have also begun a hashtag which translates to “Paris is burning” in Arabic.
Bataclan is mere blocks from the offices of Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by Muslim gunmen in January.
“There were two really loud bangs and they were enormous,” one witness told the Telegraph. “I thought it was coming from inside the stadium but someone told me later that they were grenades thrown outside at a restaurant.”
President Hollande met with top officials in the Interior Ministry following the explosions.
The White House says that President Obama has been updated on the situation, and both British Prime Minister David Cameron and British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have expressed their shock and concern. The NYPD has added extra security around the French consulate in New York.
The incident comes amid heightened security measures implemented by the French government in preparation of a major global climate conference to be held in the coming weeks.
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