Paris attacks: Death toll in attacks could exceed 120; attackers killed
HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW:
- Paris prosecutor says death toll in attacks at 6 sites could exceed 120.
- All attackers reportedly killed but police still looking for accomplices.
- At least 100 people deadinside Bataclan concert hall.
- French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency, military deployed.
- Explosions reported near Stade de France.
Paris was left devastated after series of attacks across the French capital killed more than 100 people and injured dozens more, marking the deadliest attack on French soil since the Second World War.
Speaking near a popular concert venue where scores of people were taken hostage Friday night Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins says the death toll in the attacks at six sites across the city may surpass 120. He added that five attackers may have also been killed.
The attack sites included the hostage taking at the Bataclan music hall in the 11th district in central Paris, a shooting at two restaurants in another neighbourhood and explosions outside a stadium that might have involved two suicide attacks.
French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency following the attacks, closing France’s international borders and deployed the military around Paris.
French police had reported that at least 100 people were killed at the concert hall itself, including two attackers. The Associated Press reported that the hostage takers at Bataclan had tossed explosives at the hostages inside.
“This is a terrible ordeal that again assails us,” Hollande said outside the Bataclan concert hall, shortly after security forces had ended the siege. “We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are.”
“We will lead the fight. It will be ruthless,” he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada has offered all the support it can to France following Friday’s attacks in Paris.
“Obviously our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to our French cousins through this dark and terrible time,” Trudeau told reporters Friday.
“These terrorist attacks are deeply worrying and obviously unsettling to people around the world. We have offered all of our help and support to the government of France and the people of France at this time.”
More than 10 people were reportedly killed in the shootings at the restaurants Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon in the 10th district near where the hostage taking occurred.
WATCH: Francois Hollande visited the Bataclan concert hall site
At least two explosions were reported near the Stade de France stadium, during a France-Germany friendly football match. Video of the match captured the sound of the explosions in the first half as they went off nearby.
It is unclear if the explosions were linked to the other events.
Hollande said in an earlier address to the nation late Friday night that France would stand united against the attackers.
“As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are underway in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror,” he said.
Trudeau tweeted earlier that he was “shocked and saddened” by the attacks in Paris
I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured in violent attacks in #Paris. Canada stands with France.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 13, 2015
Je suis bouleversé et attristé par le lourd bilan des victimes des violentes attaques de #Paris. Le Canada est solidaire de la France.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 13, 2015
WATCH: Parisian student recounts shooting at a restaurant
The attack comes as France increased security ahead of a major global climate conference that starts in two weeks. Hollande cancelled his participation in this weekend’s G20 meeting in Turkey following the tragic events.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks.
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The Canadian Embassy in France tweeted that any Canadians requiring emergency assistance should call 1-613-996-8885 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzan Yucel, a Dutch journalist visiting the city, was supposed to go to Le Petit Cambodge Friday evening and was across the street at a bar when the violence started.
“We were having our beers outside and all of a sudden there were like fireworks or maybe a shooting so we all started running. We just ran to the other side of the street. Then the shooting stopped for a while and then it started again so we just continued running,” she said. “We didn’t know what was happening. Everyone was running and people were throwing their drinks away. Just running.”
“If we had been seated where were supposed to we might have been one of those people shot,” she added.
Agathe Moreaux, a Parisian student, was also planning on visiting the restaurant. She described the moment the shots rang out, saying they “sounded like fireworks.”
“I just saw people running and in this situation you don’t think too much, you just run too. Maybe it was nothing but you just run too.”
In the wake of the attacks, Paris residents opened their doors to those outside offering their homes as safe havens using the hashtag #PorteOuverte on Twitter.
One of the restaurants and the Bataclan are in the same neighbourhood as the Charlie Hebdo offices, where an attack on the satirical newspaper in January left 11 people dead and 11 others wounded.
U.S President Barack Obama spoke to reporters at the White House following Friday’s attack about the “heartbreaking situation” unfolding in Paris
“Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress,” Obama told reporters. “Those that think they can terrorize the people of France or the values they stand for, are wrong.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.”
Obama said he had been in contact with French officials but had not spoken to President Hollande since the attack.
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*With files from James Armstrong, Peder Myhr and the Associated Press
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