Simultaneous gun and bomb attacks in Paris have killed at least 127 people in various places across the French capital and wounded about 99 people according to French officials.
Gunmen who stormed the Bataclan hall, where a concert was taking place, killed people and took them hostage. They were killed after security officials stormed the hall. Some 80 people have reportedly died at the concert hall.
One official described “carnage” inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages, reported France 24.
Gunmen and bombers also attacked busy restaurants and bars in the French capital, in what a shaken President Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack.
According to a report by France24, French police was quoting as saying 11 people had been killed in the popular Carillon bar in the 10th arrondissement and other officials said at least three people were reported dead when bombs went off outside the Stade de France stadium in northern Paris during a France-Germany football match.
Paris prosecutor François Molins added that a further 18 people had been killed on the Boulevard de Charonne, one on Boulevard Voltaire and five on Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi.
An eyewitness from Italy was at a bar in Carillon when the shooting began. He hid and then ran.
“It sounded like fireworks,” he told France24.
The Carillon and the Bataclan are popular venues in eastern Paris, near the trendy Oberkampf area which is known for its vibrant nightlife.
France has seen several smaller-scale attacks or attempts since January, including an incident on a high-speed train in August in which American travelers thwarted an attempted attack by a heavily armed man, reported France 24.
“We know where these attacks come from,” Hollande said, without naming any individual group. “There are indeed good reasons to be afraid.”
Hollande declared a state of emergency in France and said he was sealing the country’s borders.
“We must ensure that no one enters to commit any crimes and that those who have committed the crimes that we have unfortunately seen can also be arrested if they should leave the territory. This is a terrible ordeal which once again assails us. We know where it comes from, who these criminals are, who these terrorists are,” he said in his televised address.
Belgium has imposed frontier controls on road, rail and air arrivals from France following the attacks, a spokesman for Prime Minister Charles Michel said.
The international community has expressed shock and pledged their solidarity after the news of the Paris attacks.
The United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks” involving assailants using guns and bombs on several venues.
Divided on many issues, including on the war in Syria that has fueled Islamist violence, the United States and Russia both voiced their support in messages to President Hollande.