Several Dozen Dead in Paris Shooting, Explosions [UPDATING]
UPDATE: Death toll now at 127. 300 people are hospitalized...80 of them in critical condition. ISIS says there could be more to come. there were 8 attackers in all, and all are dead. 7 died in suicide bombing attacks.
The New York Times reports the group released a statement saying, “Eight brothers, wrapped in explosive belts and armed with machine rifles, targeted sites that were accurately chosen in the heart of the capital of France, including the Stade de France during the match between the Crusader German and French teams, where the fool of France, François Hollande, was present. Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State.”
UPDATE: Multiple reports state there are now over 100 fatalities, a number that is expected to continue to rise. The attacks were reportedly a coordinated effort at three locations throughout Paris. France has closed its borders.
French President Francois Hollande spoke to the country in a nationwide address in which he said, "As I speak, terrorist attacks of an unprecedented scale are taking place in the Paris region. There are several dozen dead, lots more wounded, it’s horrific.”
An Associated Press report says several dozen people have been killed amidst violence that rocked Paris on Friday.
According to police, there was gunfire in at least a pair of restaurants in the French capital. A minimum of two explosions were also reported at the Stade de France stadium.
French media claims there is also a hostage situation developing, at a concert venue. [UPDATE: CNN is reporting that the siege is over, and that over 100 people have died. It is also being reported that 100 hostages have been freed, and that two attackers have been killed. French Deputy Mayor Klugman has stated that the death toll at the concert venue could be as high as 118.]
Paris, of course, is no stranger to violence. Earlier this year, a dozen people were killed when gunmen opened fire at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
You can hear one of the explosions below, which occurred during a soccer match. The French president, Francois Hollande, was at the match and evacuated:
You can see an eyewitness talk about what happened below:
President Barack Obama on Paris attacks: "This is an attack on all of humanity."
[UPDATE] Facebook is offering the ability for people in Paris to mark themselves as "SAFE."