PARIS, Fr. – Hundreds of people are reported dead after a series of what appear to be coordinated attacks across Paris late Friday. A hostage situation also took place at a concert hall.
The AP is reporting the latest from Paris is that a French police official says at least 100 people have been killed inside a Paris concert hall where attackers seized hostages. The hostage-taking was one in a series of at least six attacks across the French capital.
There were at least six shootings in Paris and three explosions at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV said.
Two or three gunmen entered the Bataclan concert hall while opening fire on law enforcement, BFMTV reported. A source earlier told CNN there were six to eight hostage takers, citing a person they were talking to inside the venue.
French radio reporter Julien Pearce was inside the Bataclan theater when gunmen entered. Two men dressed in black started shooting what he described as AK-47s, and after wounded people fell to the floor, the two gunmen shot them again, execution-style, he said.
The two men didn’t wear masks and didn’t say anything. The gunfire lasted 10 to 15 minutes, sending the crowd inside the small concert hall into a screaming panic, said Pearce, who escaped. He said he saw 20 to 25 bodies lying on the floor.
Several groups of police have burst into the Bataclan concert venue and a series of denotations have been heard from outside, a CNN producer said. Gunfire has been heard. Police have brought out at least 100 hostages; some appear to be wounded.
One of the explosions at the Stade de France outside Paris appears to be a suicide bombing, a Western intelligence source receiving direct intelligence from the scene told CNN’s Deb Feyerick.
A dismembered body, consistent with the aftermath of an explosion from that type of device, was found at the scene, the source said. French President Francois Hollande, who was at the stadium watching a soccer match between France and Germany, was evacuated at halftime.
Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning borders will be closed. “We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great,” he said.
The Paris prefecture of police is instructing residents to stay home. The prefecture said via Twitter that people should stay inside “unless there’s an absolute necessity.”
“This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people of France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share,” U.S. President Barack Obama said at the White House. He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”