Paris attacks: More than 120 dead in co-ordinated assaults

PARIS: In the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II, a wave of coordinated attacks left more than 120 dead in scenes of carnage in Paris Friday.

There were at least seven attacks, all in the east and north of the city.

  • At least 120 people were killed and 200 were left injured at multiple locations in the French capital
  • Attackers targeted Bataclan concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants
  • Gunmen used AK-47s; one of the three explosions outside the stadium was caused by a suicide bomber
  • At least five militants were behind the attacks
  • France declares emergency, closes borders

Police said at least 120 people were killed in total in the city which is still reeling from jihadist attacks in January.

In this handout picture received from the French Presidents office French president Francois Hollande (5-R) addresses an emergency meeting at the Elysee Palace early on November 14, 2015 after a series of gun attacks and explosions across Paris. —AFP

“Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented level are underway across the Paris region,” Hollande said in an emotional televised message. “It’s a horror.”

President Francois declared a state of emergency across the entire country and cancelled his trip to the G20 summit due to take place this weekend in Turkey, in wake of what he called an unprecedented terrorist attack.

Prosecutors said at least five attackers had been “neutralised” in total.

According to a statement, issued from the presidency, 1,500 extra soldiers deployed to Paris after attacks.

The Paris metro railway was closed and schools, universities and municipal buildings were ordered to stay shut on Saturday. However some rail and air services are expected to run.

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