Terror in Paris

The French capital is under a state of emergency after six coordinated terror attacks leave at least 127 dead and hundreds wounded. David Cameron has warned that Britons could be among the casualties.

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Photo: The Guardian

Eight gunmen and suicide bombers have carried out a series of coordinated attacks in central Paris.

At roughly 8.30 pm on Friday, two explosions were heard near the Stade de France. French President Francois Hollande was in attendance for the game, a friendly match between France and Germany.

An hour later, reports emerged of a shooting near Petit Cambodge, a restaurant about five miles away from the stadium, where 18 people were later confirmed dead.

Gunmen also took hostages at the Bataclan Concert Hall, where hundreds were in attendance for an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Reports of shots being fired emerged and the scene was later described by an official as a “carnage”. Reports state that the assailants blew themselves up. 100 people were killed.

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Photo: The Guardian

By 11 pm, President Hollande had declared a state of emergency across France.

Jihadist organisation Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attacks, and French President Francois Hollande has described them as an “act of war”.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his condolences to the French people in a statement this morning from Downing Street, and described the attacks as “horrifying and sickening”. He warned Britain about the death toll and said “we must be prepared for a number of British casualties”.

US President Barack Obama has called the attacks “an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians” and an “attack on all humanity and the values we share.” He also stated, during a statement in the White House Briefing Room, that “we stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the people of France need to respond.”

This attack was the worst act of terror in France since World War II and Europe’s worst terrorist attack in over 10 years.

99 people are currently in a critical condition, with the total number of injured in the region of 350.

 

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