Dozens killed in Paris attacks

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PARIS — On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway.

Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock. CNN will update this story as information comes in:

[Latest developments, posted at 9:07 p.m. ET]

• A journalist who was at a concert at the Bataclan concert venue and escaped after the shooting started told CNN: “We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath.” Julien Pearce didn’t hear the attackers speak, but he said one friend who escaped heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. Later, he said the men were speaking French.

• CNN affiliate BFMTV, citing French officials, said gunmen were still at large.

• At least 153 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Among the victims, 112 were killed at Bataclan, according to the Interior Ministry. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.

• Five suspected attackers have been “neutralized”, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Saturday, French media reported. It was unclear what that term precisely meant.

• Michael Dorio, brother of a member of the band that was playing at the Bataclan concert, said he spoke to Eagles of Death Metal drummer Julian Doris about 20-30 minutes after the attack. “He said he had been performing and heard the gunshots. They stopped playing and hit the deck and went backstage and exited,” Michael Dorio told CNN.

• BFMTV reports that SWAT units stormed Bataclan and that the siege was over. Two attackers were killed, a police union said. Police brought out at least 100 hostages from the concert hall, a CNN producer said; some appear to be wounded. President Francois Hollande Francois told reporters outside Bataclan that “terrorists capable of carrying out such atrocities must know that they will face a France that is determined and united.”

• Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN the death toll is going to rise significantly. “We are facing an unknown and historic situation in Paris,” he said.

• Hollande called the events “unprecedented terrorist attacks” and added, “This is a horror.” In a tweet, he said, “Faced with terror, this is a nation that knows how to defend itself, how to mobilize its forces and once again, knows how to overcome the terrorists.”

• Pearce, the journalist at Bataclan, said 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 gunfire lasted 10 to 15 minutes, sending the crowd inside the small concert hall into a screaming panic, said Pearce, who escaped. Pearce said he saw 20 to 25 bodies lying on the floor.

• One of the explosions at the Stade de France, home of the French national sports teams, 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. Watch: Explosion heard at Paris soccer game

• People were inviting people off the streets into their apartments, reports Philip Crowther, Washington correspondent for France 24.

• Traffic on several subway lines has been interrupted following the attacks, the Paris police prefecture reported.

• At this hour, there is no credible or specific threat in the United States, according to a U.S. government official. An FBI spokesperson said the agency and the Department of Homeland Security were closely monitoring the unfolding events.

• 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.”

• French authorities have launched a terrorism investigation, Eric Pelletier, a reporter with Le Pariesien, tells CNN Paul Cruickshank. There has been no official claim of responsibility, though ISIS has applauded the attacks on Twitter, Cruickshank reports.

• “This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on 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.”

• At least six shootings took place in Paris and three explosions took place at the Stade de France, CNN affiliate BFMTV said. Two or three gunmen entered Bataclan 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.

• Hollande was evacuated at halftime of the France-Germany soccer match.

• Counterterrorism officials around the United States have convened secure conference calls to try to gather information and to assess whether there is any indication of threats in the U.S, according to two U.S. counterterrorism officials. Immediate suspicion for the events in Paris falls to so-called returnees — people who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and have returned, the officials said.

In early January of this year, two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding 11.

Said and Cherif Kouachi wanted to punish the magazine for the publication of cartoons that they believed mocked the Prophet Mohammed. The Kouachi brothers two days later were shot and killed in a standoff with police in Dammartin-en-Goele.

Amedy Coulibaly, an associate of Said and Cherif Kouachi, attacked a Jewish grocery store in Paris, taking more than a dozen people hostage and killing four. Coulibaly had killed a policewoman the day before, on January 8. Coulibaly was killed when police stormed the kosher market.

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(CNN) — Counterterrorism officials around the United States have convened secure conference calls to try to gather information and to assess whether there is any indication of threats in the U.S, according to two U.S. counterterrorism officials. There is nothing to indicate any threat to U.S. cities so far. Immediate suspicion for the events in Paris falls to so-called returnees — people who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and have returned, the officials said.

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama on Friday called the attacks in Paris an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.” “This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share,” Obama said from the White House briefing room.

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A general view of police at the scene on Boulevard Beaumarchais
following a shooting on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. 26 people
have reportedly been killed following a series of violent incidents in
and around Paris. (Photo by David Wolff – Patrick/Getty Images)

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— President Barack Obama said Friday he has not yet contacted French President Francois Hollande about the Paris terror attacks, saying the situation remained ongoing. Speaking from the White House briefing room, the President also declined to speculate on who was responsible. Obama, however, expressed his condolences to the French people. “This is a
heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like and we’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves,” Obama said.

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Friday he has not yet contacted French President Francois Hollande about the Paris terror attacks, saying the situation remained ongoing. Speaking from the White House briefing room, the President also declined to speculate on who was responsible. Obama, however, expressed his condolences to the French people. “This is a
heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like and we’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves,” Obama said.

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FOX News reports that about 100 people are being held at the Paris Bataclan concert hall. CNN says witnesses outside the hall are reporting hearing gunshots and screams coming from inside.

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A victim is lifted into an ambulance following the attack in Paris.

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(CNN) — A witness who was inside the Bataclan theater describes to CNN “10 horrific minutes” as gunmen with AK-47s entered the concert hall and began opening fire at random.

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A witness to the shooting inside the Bataclan concert hall said that one of the gunman shouted “This is for Syria!” CNN reported,

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FOX News: No one immediately claimed credit, but a gunman at one of the attacks, at a Petit Cambodge, a Cambodian restaurant in the city’s fashionable 10th arrondisement, was heard shouting “This is for Syria!” as he sprayed gunfire at horrified patrons, witnesses said.

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French news agency AFP reports there are seven separate terror attack locations across Paris.

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(CNN) — 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 tells CNN. A dismembered body, consistent with that type of device, was found at the scene, the source said.

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(CNN) — French security forces are storming the Bataclan theater where hostages are being held, a CNN producer reports from the scene.

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FOX News: Police were storming a Paris concert hall where up to 100 hostages were
reportedly being executed one-by-one, after at least 40 people were
killed elsewhere Friday night as coordinated terror attacks rocked the
French capital and prompted President Francois Hollande to order the
entire nation’s borders closed.

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A witness told the BBC that two or three men came into the Bataclan concert hall and began firing automatic weapons blindly into the audience. The shooting went on for 10 or 15 minutes and the attackers reloaded their weapons at least three times, the witness said.

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