The Bataclan theatre in Paris

The Bataclan theatre in Paris

World: Over 120 people killed in Paris attacks

Over 100 people are reportedly dead, after a series of explosions and shootings were carried out in Paris on Friday night.

Update: 9:28 a.m. PST, November 14, 2015

The death toll from Friday night’s six attacks in Paris has been increased to 120 people, perhaps more, after a series of explosions and shootings was carried out at varied locations across the French capital.

Reports the Guardian:

– 87 people were killed at the Bataclan live concert hall, where a performance by the band Eagles of Death Metal had begun.

– 200 people are injured; 80 of them are injured “seriously”

– The attack at the Stade de France was “an apparent double suicide bombing” – the explosion was heard from inside the stadium, where France and Germany were playing an international friendly.

– Eight of the attackers have been killed, according to French police – seven by their own explosives, one shot by police

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On Friday night, new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on the Paris attacks:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France and we mourn their loss… Canada stands with France at this dark time and offers all possible assistance. We will continue to work closely with the international community to help prevent these terrible, senseless acts.”

VIDEO: Trudeau offers support to France after ‘deeply worrying’ attacks

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UPDATE: Over 100 people reportedly killed in Paris after several attacks (4:45 p.m. PST)

Various outlets are reporting (from French police) that 100 people have been killed inside Paris’s Bataclan theatre, where hostages were being held and police carried out a raid that killed two gunmen.

TV stations France 24 has upped its death toll to 140 people, following news from the Bataclan. The police’s raid of the venue was carried out around 12:30 a.m. Paris time.

Witness Marc Coupris, 57, told Guardian reporter Angelique Chrisafis has was trapped inside the Bataclan and was hiding while gunmen were shooting people:

“It was carnage. It looked like a battlefield, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere. I was at the far side of the hall when shooting began. There seemed to be at least two gunmen. They shot from the balcony. Everyone scrabbled to the ground. I was on the ground with a man on top of me and another one beside me up against a wall. We just stayed still like that. At first we kept quiet. I don’t know how long we stayed like that, it seemed like an eternity. I saw my last final unfurl before me, I thought this was the end. I thought I’m finished, I’m finished. I was terrified. We must all have thought the same. Eventually, when a few gendarmes came in slowly we began to look up and there was blood absolutely everywhere. The police told us to run.”

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Update: 5:00 p.m. PST – November 13, 2015

VIDEO: TV station ‘France 24’ is airing its live English-language news stream on YouTube

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From B.C. Premier Christy Clark, who released the following statement on Friday:

“Like all Canadians, I was shocked and sickened by the news from Paris.

“For centuries, France has been a beacon of light and example for the world, and remains one of our closest friends and allies. Tonight, all Canadians and British Columbians stand with them, both in grief for those who were killed, but also in resolve. Those who commit such acts of violence want to change us, and our shared values. They will fail.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and with security personnel who put their lives at risk to keep others safe.

“Vive la France.”

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From French President Francois Hollande, who delivered his statement on Friday night in Paris:

“This is a terrible ordeal which once again assails us. We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are…

“What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread. There is indeed reason to be afraid. There is dread, but in the face of this dread, there is a nation that knows how to defend itself, that knows how to mobilise its forces and, once again, will defeat the terrorists.”

Full speech available from the Guardian.

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Update from 4:30 p.m. PST – November 13, 2015

Attacks in Paris on Friday night have reportedly killed 35 to 40 people – with some outlets saying 60 people – in the French capital, and 100 hostages were also held inside the Bataclan theatre, which is located in the city’s 11th arrondissement.

Report: Police have carried out and finished a raid on the theatre.

French television reports said “dozens of dead” were found inside the Bataclan:

via the New York Times: “Witnesses called it a “massacre” and a scene of “carnage,” according to French television. The police killed at least two of the hostage-takers, who threw grenades at the police as they advanced.”

Early reports said some people were killed at a restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and others were killed inside the Bataclan, during the first wave of reports. It’s since been reported that as many as seven different attacks were carried out in Paris on Friday night.

More updates are below…

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MAP: Attack locations known right now include Stade de France, the neighbouring restaurants Le Carillon and Le Petit Cambodge, and the Bataclan theatre/concert hall.

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Watch the LIVE video feed from CTV News from Paris, here.

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VIDEO from user @Icardi on Twitter, showing a scene on the street from one of tonight’s shootings:

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Updates from 4:00 p.m. PST

– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, following statements from fellow world leaders Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and David Cameron, has issued a statement on Twitter, in response to tonight’s events in Paris:

Trudeau is expected to air a full statement at 5:30 p.m. PST.

New York Times correspondent Adam Nossiter has quoted French TV reporting that “there were seven different attack sites across the city on Friday.”

– On Twitter, Paris police have told citizens to stay inside for the time being, to “avoid going out except for absolute necessities,” and are also asking that people not spread unconfirmed news or rumours on social media.

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VIDEO from TIME Magazine: Reports of at least 100 hostages in a concert venue

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These photos below show the exterior of the Bataclan theatre and concert hall, from past dates, where 100 hostages are being held:

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The attacks around Paris tonight included explosions near Stade de France where, inside, a friendly was being played between France and Germany.

from Sky Sports, England:

“Local reports suggested there were three explosions near the Stade de France… The match was allowed to run its course, France winning 2-0, but at the final whistle supporters who remained were asked to congregate on the pitch while the players remained in their changing rooms.”

Video now circulating apparently shows the sound of one of the explosions, which could be heard within the stadium and on television:

Images from the stadium now show fans on the field, unable to leave the premises, and the French and German soccer teams have reportedly been asked to stay inside the building as well:

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American President Barack Obama addressed the shootings, explosion in Paris at 2:45 p.m. PST:

“Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians,” he said. “This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

The President said he did not want to speculate on who was involved or responsible for the shootings.

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French President Francois Hollande, who was reportedly inside Stade de France when a nearby explosion forced him to leave the game between France and Germany, has also issued a statement:

Hollande has declared a state of emergency for all of France and has closed the country’s borders.

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Below is the update from the Associated Press, originally published after 2:00 p.m. PST – November 13, 2015

By Angela Charlton And Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press

PARIS – Two police officials say that at least 26 people have been killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, in the deadliest violence in France in decades.

One of the police officials said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and about 15 killed in the Bataclan theatre, where a hostage-taking is under way.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.

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