Paris Shootings; 40 Dead, 100 Hostages

At least 40 people have reportedly died during several attacks, in the French capital Paris, while 100 hostages are being held at a concert hall.

Police have said that more than 40 people have been killed in a series of attacks across the French capital city, Paris.

A lone gunman shot at a restaurant in the 11th district, while gunmen attacked the Bataclan concert hall and took as many as 100 hostages. Explosions were also reported at the Stade de France, where France’s national football team was playing Germany.

Paris’s deputy mayor says it is too early to say if the attacks were coordinated acts of terror, but that it looks that way.

Witnesses at the Bataclan reported five or six gunmen, potentially with shotguns, holding hostages. According to BFMTV, one of the gunmen shouted: “It’s for Syria”. There has been no official comment on motive of the attacks.

The gunmen were also reportedly shouting, ‘Allahu Akbar’ – an Arabic phrase meaning ‘God is great’ that has become a common shout among terrorists.

Elsewhere, French security forces fear there are “several hostage takings underway” in Paris. In response, France has launched its “Roughe Alpha” protocol – i.e. the national response to ‘multiple terrorist strikes’.

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