PARIS, November 13, 2015 – It is midnight in Paris as terror strikes with over sixty persons reported dead, though at nearly 6pm EST, the official death toll is 35; Hundreds have been injured and some hundred, or more, are being held captive in the Bataclan arts centre where gunman stood up in the audience opening fire; It is time to call this what it is and President Obama has just remarked that we must “battle terrorism and extremism.”
President Obama says we are reminded in the time of tragedy that the bonds of Liberté, égalité, fraternité unite us. The President also referred to additional instances of terrorism, and additional reports, unsubstantiated, are that in addition to the three known attacks, more
BBC Europe Editor is reporting that individuals are being released from the Batalcan arts center, and that some are covered in blood. The other attacks are in a restaurant and bar, where American’s are reported to also be.
The report is that a young man in the Bataclan arts center yelled “This is for Syria” before firing on the concert goers.
Reports of shoutings of Ala Akbar are also being made.
There are reports that the remains of a suicide bomber have been located outside The Stade de France soccer stadium where a German/French soccer match, attended by President Francois Hollande, was being held.
Paris Sky News broadcasts French President Francois Hollande who has called for a state of emergency and that the borders of the country are closed to keep those that have committed the crimes in Paris. It is a terrible, terrible event. Who are these terrorists, who are these criminals.
He called for France to be strong and for everyone to be responsible; that what the terrorists want us to be is scared, but in the face of terror we have to be united and we will vanquish these terrorists.
Also, at a local concert hall, gunmen, unmasked and young, stood up and begin shooting into the crowd, killing more than a dozen and taking hundreds of hostages, though some have been able to escape. President Hollande says it is an ongoing attack.
Reports at 6:07pm EST are that there are at least six simultaneous attacks have happened around the city according to the Telegraph news source reporting to Fox News.
At 6:12 the official report is 40 persons dead, and over 60 injured. The borders of France are closed. France has instituted a curfew, the first time since 1944.
From inside the Bataclan, Mark Coppage said “It looked like a battlefield, There was blood everywhere, bodies everywhere. They were shooting from the balconies.”
The death toll remains at 40, injured 60.
Police are reporting that they are storming the Bataclan and that there are still live hostages inside. There have been multiple explosions within the building. Reports are that a person has been arrested at Bataclan by French police and that the person told French authorities said “I am from ISIS”. This is unverified, but being reported by Fox News.
Twelve persons have been rescued from the Bataclan concert hall. The arrested person has said he is Syrian and that he attacked for ISIS.
Just in, the attack on the concert hall is over; two attackers have been killed. The band, Eagles of Death Metal from California, are thought to have escaped unharmed, however they are trying to verify this as the band cannot be found.
In France, a State of Emergency means that the state is in complete control and that they can enter any home, business or apartment.
At this time 15 persons are confirmed as being killed inside the concert hall. There has been a total of seven different attacks across Paris.
There are reports that possibly hundreds are dead inside the Bataclan arts centre.
The three attacks were at the Stade de France, Le Bataclan and the La Petit Cambodge restaurant.
Other locations where attacks have happened, include Forum Des Halles, a shopping mall, according to French media.