UPDATE as of 7:20 p.m. – At least 100 people were killed at the Bataclan theater during a hostage situation, reported AFP. Police stormed the building and killed two gunmen.
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UPDATE as of 6:54 PM ET: BFMTV is reporting that the hostage situation has ended. Two gunmen were killed after French police launched an assault.
UPDATE as of 6:30 PM ET: Reports say that there were five explosions and gunfire heard outside the Bataclan theater. French security forces were seen around the theater.
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Escaping hostages from Bataclan Theater in Paris, France described pools of blood and gunmen spraying indiscriminately with shotguns and Kalashnikovs late November 11.
There are about 100 people being held inside, police said.
Louis, who was inside the theater, told France Info radio that men opened fire while shouting “Allah Akbar.”
“The men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell. I took my mum, and we hid. Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out. I was only thinking of escaping,” he said. “We’re out now. I think people are still inside. It’s a nightmare – a nightmare.”
BFM-TV said one of the gunmen at the theater also said: “It’s for Syria.”
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A graphic video shows people inside the theater, including some who were shot.
At least 30 people were killed in multiple attacks, including one at a football match. 15 people have been confirmed killed at the theater, reported police.
Jeremy Cliffe, an Economist reporter on the scene, said some hostages have escaped, “describing pools of blood and attackers using pump-action shotgun against crowd inside.”
“Also claims that shooters have kalashnikov & injuries on Boulevard Beaumarchais 150m away,” he said.
According to the theater’s schedule, the American band Eagles of Death Metal were playing a show tonight.