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At least one man opened fire with an automatic gun at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 11th district. Shooting has also been heard near the Bataclan arts centre with reports of hostages have been taken there.
Three explosions are also reported outside a bar near the Stade de France, where France were hosting Germany. Reports say French President Francois Hollande was watching the match and has been moved to safety.
According to the Associated Press, a police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and about 35 were killed at the Bataclan theatre, where a hostage-taking is under way. Police said 100 hostages were being held.
Two police officials said at least 26 people have been killed in shootings and explosions around Paris Friday, in the deadliest violence in France in decades.
A police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement, and about 15 killed in the Bataclan theater, where a hostage-taking is under way.
In August, a gunman armed with an AK-47 opened fire on an Amsterdam-to-Paris train in France before being subdued by passengers, including three Americans. Three people were injured.
Global security firm Flashpoint Intelligence said Friday that it had not seen any terror-related claims in the immediate aftermath of the string of violence. “We’re definitely not seeing any claim from any group, we’re not seeing any claim of response from any individuals,” and there is very little chatter online, Laith Alkhouri, director of research and analysis for Middle East and North Africa for Flashpoint, said on MSNBC
President François Hollande was attending a soccer match when an explosion was heard near Stade de France, the country’s national stadium, north of the city.
Mr. Hollande abandoned the game and convened an emergency meeting after deadly attacks.
“There were two really loud bangs and they were enormous. I thought it was coming from inside the stadium but someone told me later that they were grenades thrown outside at a restaurant,” the Telegraph newspaper quoted from an eyewitness.
New York Times
PARIS — Shootings in central Paris on Friday night have left several people dead and wounded, French television reported, while an explosion near Paris at the country’s main sports stadium forced the hasty evacuation of President François Hollande. The explosion occurred during a France-Germany soccer match.