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France in state of emergency as 178 dead in Paris terror attacks

World News, Paris Attack News Updates 2015 : A wave of coordinated attacks left more than 175 dead in scenes of carnage in Paris Friday, including scores massacred by attackers during a rock concert and others in a suicide bombing near the national stadium.

Black-clad gunmen wielding AK-47s stormed into the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris and fired calmly and methodically at hundreds of screaming concert-goers.

Police said at least 120 people were killed in total at multiple locations in the French capital, which is still reeling from attacks in January.

Four attackers were killed when police stormed the Bataclan, which lies just 200 metres (yards) from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine that was targeted in January.

Three of the attackers blew up suicide vests as police launched their attack, several sources said. The fourth was hit by police fire and blew up as he fell.

“There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee,” said Pierre Janaszak, a radio presenter who attended the concert and hid with several others at the venue.

“They had 20 hostages, and we could hear them talking with them,” said Janaszak.

In the north of the city, at least five people were killed in three explosions near the Stade de France national stadium where France were playing Germany in an international football match, security sources said.

One of the explosions was caused by a suicide bomber, police and witnesses said. President Francois Hollande was attending the match and had to be hastily evacuated. A Cambodian restaurant near the concert hall was also attacked, with further deaths reported.

“Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented level are underway across the Paris region,” Hollande said in an emotional televised message.

The most bloody of the attacks was at the Bataclan, where police said around 100 people were killed.
“We heard so many gunshots and the terrorists were very calm, very determined,” Julien Pearce, a reporter for France’s Europe 1 radio, told CNN while the hostage crisis was still underway.

“They reloaded three or four times … and they didn’t shout anything. They didn’t say anything.” He said friends were still inside as he spoke.

“They are hiding in some kind of room in the dark and they text(ed) me, and they are very afraid, of course, and they are waiting for the police to intervene, but it’s been over two hours now and this is terrible.”
Hundreds of police had gathered outside and armed officers eventually stormed the venue at around 2335 GMT, accompanied by a series of explosions.

At the Stade de France, spectators flooded the pitch as news of the attacks spread before organisers started evacuations.

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