Paris has been rocked by a string of deadly attacks, leaving at least 120 people dead in several locations. President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency.
The death toll in attacks across six sites in Paris could exceed 120, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said on French television early Saturday. He said at least five assailants have been neutralized.
At least 100 people were killed at the Bataclan theater in Paris' 11th arrondissement, where scores of hostages had been held. Police in Paris told NBC News that several people had also been shot at a restaurant in the nearby 10th arrondissement in Paris.
Death toll reports varied in the confusion of the immediate aftermath of attacks.
Earlier, Paris police officials said that security forces killed at least two attackers in the theater, ending the siege.
French President François Hollande ordered a state of emergency in Paris and closed the country's borders after the violence broke out.
A police union official told the AP that there were two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France, north of Paris. At least three people were killed near the stadium, Gregory Goupil of the Alliance Police Nationale told the AP.
"Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented magnitude are in play in Paris. It's horror," Hollande said.
"I've asked for military reinforcements to make sure that no other attack can happen," Hollande said.
Hollande traveled to the Bataclan theater early Saturday morning.
"For all those who've seen these atrocities, rest assured — we want to say that we will bring the fight against terrorism and will be without pity because when terrorists are capable of such atrocities, it will certainly be faced with a determined France, a united France." he said from the site of the carnage.
Hollande would stay in Paris and wouldn't attend the G20 summit in Turkey, according to the French government. An additional 1,500 soldiers had been mobilized, the government said.
Police in Paris urged people in the city to stay inside.
Officers were being dispatched to sites around the 10th arrondissement, which is about five miles from the Stade de France, police told NBC News. It was unclear if the incidents were related.
A Europe 1 journalist who was in the concert hall said there were two or three unmasked attackers with automatic weapons. He said they "began to fire blindly in the crowd," and the attack lasted at least 10 minutes.
"Everybody ran to the stage, there were scenes of stampeding," he said. "The assailants had time to reload at least three times."
Alexandre Bims, 18, was entering Stade de France when he heard an explosion. "We thought it was a gas leak, but then we saw people on the floor that were not moving," Bims told NBC News. "The police officers did not know what to do, they were choked and dizzy," he said.
"There was a second explosion, we saw someone who lost an arm," Bims said, adding that after the second blast, he started running.
"After five minutes, we heard a third explosion," he said.
"This is an attack not just on Paris; it's an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share," President Barack Obama said in response to the violence.
"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," Obama said, adding that he did not want to speculate about who was responsible for the attacks.
"It appears there may still be live activity and dangers that appear as we speak," Obama said at about 5:45 p.m. ET (11:45 p.m. ET in Paris).
British Prime Minister David Cameron said, "I am shocked by the events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help."
France has been on edge since Islamic extremists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store early this year. Twenty people, including three attackers, were left dead in the slaughter.
The Bataclan theater is about a miles away from the Charlie Hebdo offices. The American band Eagles of Death Metal were scheduled to play at the theater Friday night.
JoEllen Hill-Hughes, the mother of lead singer Jesse Hughes, said on Facebook that all of the band members were safe.
Comments - 11
ANTON Saturday, 14 November 2015 09:24 AM
AS VLADIMIR PUTIN SAID, WHOLE WORLD MUST BE AWARE THAT TERRORISM HAS NO NATIONALITY AND RELIGION.
Sammy Saturday, 14 November 2015 09:27 AM
Condolences to the loved ones and the bereaved of the dead and peace be unto them. This will keep happening as long as France and Europe keep tolerating
tarzan Saturday, 14 November 2015 09:50 AM
At least one one day they can share the experience with Iraqi, Afgan, Seriyan, people
indika Saturday, 14 November 2015 05:11 PM
These NETO member countries having military exercise almost daly bases in Russian border while there real thereat is in middle east. so what you can expert than this..
ajan04 Saturday, 14 November 2015 05:55 PM
So called Peace religion
Ajja Saturday, 14 November 2015 06:50 PM
We sympathize with the families who lost their innocent loved ones but when we Srilankans going through this agony for decades all those Europian,US,UK countries never helped to curb this terrorism.This is a another eye opener to all those elite G7 nations.
Harischandra Samarasinghe Saturday, 14 November 2015 07:09 PM
France is the "Soil of Refugees". French people are well behaved and kind. They always ready to help refugees from war torn countries. There are thousands and thousands of Sri Lankans who fled Sri Lanka during 03 decades long war against LTTE, living with all facilities, We should help France to eradicate terrorism.
Fathima Saturday, 14 November 2015 10:15 AM
No one deserves this, not even for a day would I (or the large majority) want to go through what the Syrians/ Palastines/ and Iraq is going through. This world is too pathetic, the terrorists only make it worse. I pray we find peace sooner!
Bala Saturday, 14 November 2015 10:28 AM
So they thought that by nurturing terrorism in the 80s and 90s, the western powers were doing a great job on human rights - now on their doorstop with a vengeance.
Paddy Saturday, 14 November 2015 10:34 AM
Why us 5 years bk . u forget fast
Philip Saturday, 14 November 2015 10:41 AM
Yes. Every day ISIS and other terrorists are killing hundreds of citizens of these countries as well as Yemen, Lebanon and recently Egypt. This is why many countries are there trying to stop this cold blooded murders.
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