In an act of coordinated terrorism where several active shooters have killed anywhere from forty to sixty civilians. It is too early to speculate the actual death toll as reports from multiple outlets contradict one another.
Two men dressed in black without wearing masks, started shooting with what was described as AK-47s, and after wounded people fell to the floor, the two gunmen shot them again, execution-style, according to CNN. The men did not say anything when the slaughter began.
The Guardian is reporting through a live feed:
The French president François Hollande says a state of emergency will be declared across France, adding that several dozen people have been killed in terrorist attacks around Paris.
In a statement just delivered, the president of the republic said that its borders would be closed and military units were being deployed in Paris to prevent further attacks. Hollande said a cabinet meeting was about to start to discuss the response to the attacks.
Hollande said the security forces were assaulting one of the sites hit during the attacks, without elaborating. “It’s a horror,” he said.
Multiple outlets are reporting that hostages are being held at the Bataclan concert hall within the city. It is widely expected that the gunmen could still be at large at the writing of this article.
Jessica Reed reports:
At the Bataclan, France Inter journalist Antoine Giniaux says there might be around 60 hostages – a lot of explosions have been heard from inside the building over the last 20 minutes. Passersby are still held in the street by the police and have nowhere to go.
President Obama held an emergency Press Conference. Reporting courtesy of CNBC:
While the U.S. president said “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,” he stressed that his office did not yet know all the details of the attacks, so the U.S. would not speculate who may have been behind the attack.
“This is a heart-breaking situation, and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves, and whenever these kinds of attacks happen, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us,” Obama said. “They have been an extraordinary counter-terrorism partner, and we intend to bear with them in that same fashion.”
Some sources are reporting as many as eight hostage takers holding at least 100 people captive. Sources report screams were heard inside as some hostages were gunned down one by one.
Hopefully this disastrous situation will come to an end soon.
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