At least 40 dead in multiple Paris attacks; France seals borders, declares emergency

President Hollande urges his people to stay calm, promises to vanquish terror; hostages said being gunned down one by one in concert hall

Medical staff stand by victims in a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP/Thibault Camus)
Medical staff stand by victims in a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (AP/Thibault Camus)

At least 40 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on Friday night, police said, and some 100 hostages have also been taken at a concert hall in the French capital.

French President Francois Hollande imposed a state of emergency and sealed the French borders. He said in a TV broadcast that the attacks were ongoing.

There were reports that gunmen were shooting hostages one at a time in the concert hall.

Gunmen have opened fire at several locations in Paris, the BBC reported, citing the French media.

According to the BBC, at least one gunman opened fire with an automatic gun at the Cambodge restaurant in the 11th district of the French capital.

The French newspaper Liberation said that there were also shooting attacks near the Bataclan arts center where a concert by the Eagles of Death Metal was being held. Hundreds of people were said to be attending.

An explosion is also reported to have targeted a bar near Stade de France, where France was hosting the German soccer team. Hollande was reportedly watching the match at the time, and was evacuated. Some 50 or 60 thousand people were thought to have been at the match.

The president then called an emergency meeting with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

According to a BBC journalist at the Cambodge restaurant, 10 people were visible on the street, either dead or seriously injured and police were at the scene.

The attackers appear to have targeted central areas of Paris, which were busy on a Friday night.

According to French paper Le Figaro, the assailants are still on the loose.

The paper quoted a TV station as reporting a dismembered corpse had been found in the stadium. Other reports said the attack included shootings and a suicide attack.

Paris residents were posting images on Twitter of soldiers on the streets of the city.


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