At least 127 people were killed late Friday in Paris and about 200 others were injured in a coordinated terrorist assault at six separate locations in the French capital. Five of the attacks were carried out in the city's 11th and 12th arrondissements in the east of the city. The Bataclan, a Paris concert venue, was the site of the most carnage.
A suicide bombing at the Stade de France stadium northeast of the city apparently killed three people. Shooting attacks were carried out at four other sites in Paris, killing at least 37 people. The French government declared a state of emergency throughout the country following the wave of terror.
At 10 P.M., four terrorists entered the Bataclan concert hall, which has a capacity of 1,500, and began firing indiscriminately with automatic weapons into the crowd of concertgoers. Speaking on French television, eyewitnesses described the massacre at the scene, noting that the terrorists also threw hand grenades. Some witnesses reported that the assailants shouted "Allahu akbar" in Arabic.
The terrorists took about 100 people at the Bataclan hostage. They were held for hours until the police stormed the site. At that point the terrorists reportedly blew themselves up, killing some of the hostages. At the time of the attack, the American group Angels of Death Metal was performing. The members of the group were unhurt.
At about 9:15 P.M., about 45 minutes before the terror attack at the Bataclan, an explosion was heard outside the Stade de France during a soccer match between France and Germany that was attended by French President Francois Hollande. The first explosion was followed by two others, the act of two suicide bombers, the AFP news agency reported. One terrorist is said to have blown himself up at a stadium entrance while the other detonated explosives near a fast-food restaurant in the area. Three victims reportedly died in those attacks.
At least 37 people were killed in shooting attacks at four other sites in the 11th and 12th arrondissements in the span of a half hour, between 9:30 and 10:00 P.M. At one restaurant, La Belle Epoque, a gunman killed 18 people. At 9:30 another gunman fired at diners at the Le Petit Cambodge restaurant and at a nearby caf, Le Carillon, near the Place de la Republique.
Fourteen people were killed in those assaults. Five more people were killed at a caf on Rue de la Fontaine-le-Roi, while a single victim was killed at the sixth site on Boulevard Voltaire.
As far as the police know, all of the terrorists involved in the attacks were killed, the city's police commissioner said, seven of them in suicide bombings.
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