Just woke up to the News of a series of terrorist attacks in Paris that have resulted in over 150 people killed (that number is expected to rise, reports are already coming in that there have been at least 158 deaths). Info and photos directly from the Guardian live feed:
Conflicting reports have varied, with some media reporting seven separate attacks. The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has just said in a press conference that there were six assaults.
We are of course working to verify the number and location. Here is what Kim has confirmed so far:
[All bullet points are direct quoted from The Guardian, the text editor here doesn't like the combination of bullet points and quotes, apologies]
- Stade de France, where authorities reported suicide attacks and explosions.
- Bataclan concert hall: gunmen forced their way into the nightclub during a concert, fired on crowd and took hostages. Two attackers killed when security forces ended the siege.
- Corner of the Rue Bichat and Rue Alibert, 10th arrondissement, at the restaurant Le Petit Cambodge.
- Rue de Charonne: Around the restaurant La Belle Equipe in the11th arrondissement.
- A state of emergency has been declared across France, after at least 150 people were killed in terrorist attacks around Paris.
- Shootings took place in a number of locations around the capital,including at least two restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall, with further explosions –reported to be two suicide attacks and a bombing – outside the Stade de France, where the national side were playing Germany in a football match.
- About 100 people were taken hostage at Bataclan in the 11th arrondissement, in what is thought to be a coordinated attack.Security forces have now killed two attackers in the Bataclan concert hall but police report at least 118 people – many of them young people attending a rock concert – are believed to have died there.
- French president François Hollande has ordered the closing of the country’s borders to prevent the escape of the attackers, who have so far not been apprehended.
- Hollande said there were “unprecedented terror attacks under way in Paris” and authorities have warned residents to stay inside.
- The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said there had beensix separate terrorist attacks, beginning at around 9.30pm French time.
There was an international football match between France and Germany taking place during the attacks. My understanding is that while the attacks were nearby and the match was abandoned, nobody in that stadium was hurt.
I'm going to stick with this story and I'll try to keep this thread up to date. Thoughts go out to Paris friends and duders alike. Stay safe out there, people...
The Paris prosecutor has said that five attackers “may be” dead across the various attack locations. Two were earlier reported to have been killed in the operation by French security forces to retake the Bataclan. It was also reported that at least one of the attacks at the Stade deFrance was a suicide attack. It is not known how many attackers were involved and how many could still be at large.
There are reports that four officials were killed during the retaking of the Bataclan concert hall where more than 100 people were being held hostage. Initial reports have said that four police officers were killed, but this has not been confirmed, and others – security forces or military personnel – have reportedly been involved in operations.
An update from the prosecutor’s office, which now says eight extremists are dead, seven of them in suicide bombings.
François Hollande [French Prime Minister] said earlier that France would be closing its borders:
Airports remain open and flights have left the capital, but some airlines, including American Airlines, said they would be delaying flights to Paris. Many, including United, Delta, and Air France KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, were operating normally.
The French foreign ministry said airports would remain open with increased security checks.
Train services also continue as normal. Eurostar said its services between the UK and France would run as normal on Saturday, but it would allow passengers who no longer wished to travel to change their tickets.
Reuters reports that members of the California-based rock band Eagles of Death Metal, who had just taken the stage at the Bataclan concert venue when that attack started, are all safe.
But their crew members have not yet been accounted for.
The current death toll seems to have been dropped back down to 128, with around 200 injured. Thread title has been updated to reflect this.