On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and fans were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists — some with AK-47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway. Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks late Friday, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock.
Five suspected attackers have been neutralized, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters early Saturday. It was unclear whether that term meant the terrorists were dead, reported CNN.
At least 127 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.
A witness tells Radio France that attackers inside the Bataclan concert hall entered firing rifles and shouting “Allah akbar.”
The deadliest attack appears to have targeted the Bataclan concert hall, with unconfirmed reports saying that some concert-goers were shot after being taken hostage. Police sources told AFP news agency that at least 100 people had died there, reports BBC.
Speaking after arriving at the concert hall, President Francois Hollande said the attackers would be fought “without mercy”.
Across the city, a further 200 people have been injured, at least 80 of them seriously. Police said they believe all the attackers have been killed, but are still searching for accomplices and others possibly involved in planning the assaults according to The Guardian.
Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city and borders have been sealed.
Our thoughts and prayers to everyone who lost their life in these attacks.