At least 150 people were killed in a series of terror attacks in downtown Paris, report local medias citing police sources. According to the official data, the death toll from the attacks stands at 120 people, with 100 of those killed having been taken hostage and executed by terrorists during a rock concert at the Bataclan theater.
According to eyewitnesses, the death toll is likely to rise.
A group of unidentified individuals opened fire at a Paris restaurant, while three blasts occurred outside the Stade de France stadium where an international friendly between France and Germany, attended by François Hollande, was taking place.
In another attack, terrorists took hostages at the Bataclan theater where a rock concerts was being held at the time. Some 100 people were killed and another 50 wounded in attacks at other locations around the city.
According to iTele TV Channel, two of the several blasts that rocked Paris – one near the Stade de France stadium and another at a bar in the 11th district of Paris – might have been a result of suicide attacks. Three suicide bombers blew themselves up the Stade de France stadium, the Monde reports.
Information then came in of an attack on the patrons of a bar located on the right bank of the Seine River. After being contacted by one of the terrorists that took hostages at the Bataclan theatre, police decided to take the theatre by storm.
“He made it clear they wanted no negotiations, saying they were armed and had suicide belts on,” said a police source.
According to BFMTV TV Channel, the terrorists, 2 of whom were killed during the storm, shot dead 100 hostages at the theatre.
Once the theater was taken by storm, French President François Hollande, French Prime Minister, French Interior Minister and French Justice Minister arrived at the site of the massacre.
François Hollande said he would call an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Saturday to discuss the consequences of the terror attacks in Paris. He also decided to decline an invitation to take part in the G20 summit due to take place in Turkey on November 16.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A number of French medias carried reports claiming that the terrorists were shouting they were avenging the French authorities while shooting.
“That is all Holland’s fault. He should have stayed out of Syria,” eyewitnesses quoted one of the attackers as saying.
French President François Hollande declared a state of emergency in the country and ordered the state borders be shut down.
“During a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Prime Minister, Interior Minister and Justice Minister submitted a proposal on declaring a state of emergency, which was approved by the President. The decision is due to take effect immediately in the entire continental area and on Corsica,” says the document.
The President also ordered that control over state borders be restored.
Their condolences to the French people offered Presidents of the USA, Ukraine, Russia, Germany and many other countries.