Reports: At least 60 dead in Paris attacks
At least 60 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at a concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday.
Several explosions were heard near a stadium where a friendly France-Germany soccer match was being held, attended by President Francois Hollande.
Police helicopters circled the stadium north of Paris as Hollande rushed back to the interior ministry to deal with the situation.
Police confirmed there had been shootings and explosions at the stadium, but not the number of casualties.
Witnesses said police closed down a neighborhood in central Paris where media said gunmen had fired in a restaurant, causing multiple casualties.
“I was on my way to my sister’s when I heard shots being fired. Then I saw three people dead on the ground, I know they were dead because they were being wrapped up in plastic bags,” student Fabien Baron told Reuters.
Explosions were audible during the soccer match being played at the Stade de France, one of three locations targeted in the attack. Spectators were being held in the stadium at the conclusion of the match.
Between 60-100 hostages were being held in a theatre south of the location of the Stade de France and a series of shootings. A France 2 reporter said that 30 people streamed out of the hall saying they had been liberated by police.
“It looks like a terror attack, the worst ever attack,” said Deputy Paris mayor Patrick Klugman in a television interview.
U.S. security officials believe the series of attacks that shook Paris on Friday night were likely coordinated based on initial reports, a person familiar with developing intelligence assessments said.
“This clearly looks like a coordinated series of attacks,” the person said.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials monitoring the attacks in Paris say there is no known, credible threat against the United States.
Reuters, Wire and Staff reports