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Friday, November 13, 2015

Paris attacks: Bataclan and other assaults leave many dead

Paris attacks: Bataclan and other assaults leave many dead

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France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 120 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage.
The siege ended when security forces stormed the building.
People were shot dead at bars and restaurants at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers are reported to have been killed.
Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it was unclear if any accomplices were still on the run after the string of near-simultaneous attacks.
Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city.

Media captionSpeaking outside the Bataclan concert hall President Hollande said the attacks were "an abomination and a barbaric act"

The gunmen's motives were not immediately confirmed, but one witness at the Bataclan heard one of the attackers appear to express support for the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
"It's Hollande's fault, he shouldn't have intervened in Syria!" the man shouted, according to French news agency AFP, citing the French president's decision to take part in Western air strikes on IS.
Paris saw three days of attacks in early January, when Islamist gunmen murdered 18 people after attacking satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman on patrol.

Attack sites:

Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district - gun and suicide bomb attacks
Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris - explosions near venue as France played Germany in football friendly
Le Carillon bar, 18 rue Alibert, 10th district - gun attack
Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, 20 rue Alibert, 10th district - gun attack
La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district - gun attack
La Casa Nostra restaurant, 2 rue de la Fontaine au roi, 11th district - gun attack

Sites of Paris attacks graphic
Image captionSites of Paris attacks

Busiest time

The attack on the 1,500-seat Bataclan hall was by far the deadliest of Friday night's attacks. Gunmen opened fire on concert-goers watching US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. The event had been sold out.
The series of attacks not far from the Place de la Republique and the Place de la Bastille struck at the heart of the capital when cafes, bars and restaurants were at their busiest.
Customers were singled out at venues including a pizza restaurant and a Cambodian restaurant.
Media captionAmateur footage captured the panic at the Stade de France in Paris, following a reported suicide blast

The other target was the Stade de France, on the northern fringe of Paris, where President Hollande and 80,000 other spectators were watching a friendly international between France and Germany, with a TV audience of millions more.
The president was whisked to safety after the first of at least two explosions just outside the venue to convene an emergency cabinet meeting. Three attackers were reportedly killed there.
As the extent of the bloodshed became clear, Mr Hollande went on national TV to announce a state of emergency for the first time in France since 2005. The decree enables the authorities to close public places and impose curfews and restrictions on the movement of traffic and people.

Media captionEyewitness Ben Grant: "There were a lot of dead people... it was horrific"

Within an hour, security forces had stormed the concert hall and all four attackers there were dead. Three had blown themselves up and a fourth was shot dead by police.
Another attacker was killed in a street in eastern Paris, reports said.
Speaking after arriving at the concert hall, President Hollande said the attackers would be fought "without mercy".
US President Barack Obama spoke of "an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians".
UK PM David Cameron said he was shocked and pledged to do "whatever we can to help".
Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo announced that all schools, museums, libraries, gyms, swimming pools and markets would be shut on Saturday.

Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against GermanyImage copyrightAP
Image captionSpectators flooded the pitch of the Stade de France after the France v Germany football match as news of the attacks spread
Rescuers evacuate people following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital ParisImage copyrightAFP
Image captionRescuers evacuate people following one of the attacks
General view of the scene with rescue service personnelImage copyrightReuters
Image captionWitnesses have been speaking of "carnage"