Paris Terror Attack Live Updates: Bomb Explosions, Shootings Leave Over 100 People Dead

November 13, 2015 4:27 pm Last Updated: November 14, 2015 4:22 pm

Several shootings around Paris killed dozens of people, hostages were taken at a theater, and three explosions were reported near the Germany-France soccer match on Friday night in what officials are saying are terrorist attacks. According to multiple reports, there were at least six shootings and three explosions across the capital.

UPDATE at 4:25 p.m. – The Pullman Hotel evacuation and Eiffel Tower evacuation was a “false alert,” the French Interior Ministry told Reuters.

UPDATE at 3:58 p.m. – Police in Paris have congregated at the site of the Pullman Hotel, according to witnesses. Meanwhile, police have evacuated the Eiffel Tower site nearby, according to Reuters.

UPDATE at 3:45 p.m. – Police in Belgium have arrested several suspects due to the Paris attacks. They were arrested in Brussels, the capital of the country, AFP reported.  Prime Minister Charles Michel said the suspects were linked to “suspect vehicles” identified during the attacks. 

“A case has immediately been opened linked to suspect vehicles in Paris, to check people linked to those vehicles. There have been several arrests,” Michel told RTL TV.

 

UPDATE at 3:33 p.m. – The White House said in a statement that no information contradicted the French assessment that ISIS carried out Paris attacks, reported AP.

UPDATE at 3:30 p.m. – Two more victims were identified in the attacks. A 26-year-old lawyer died, and a music journalist died as well.

UPDATE at 2:59 p.m. – The Guardian reported that ISIS confirmed they sent eight militants to carry out the attacks in Paris.

Photo / Les Inrockuptibles
Photo / Les Inrockuptibles

UPDATE at 2:58 p.m. – It was confirmed that California college student Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, was among the dead. She died at a shooting in a restaurant.

UPDATE at 2:44 p.m. – There are fears that a UK man, Nick Alexander, may have died in the attack. He was at the Bataclan theater and was shot.

Nohemi Gonzalez, an American student from California State Long Beach, was killed at a restaurant during the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday evening.  (Facebook screenshot)
Nohemi Gonzalez, an American student from California State Long Beach, was killed at a restaurant during the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday evening. (Facebook screenshot)

UPDATE at 2:21 p.m. – The French PM has said that airstrikes will continue against ISIS targets in Syria, and he said that France will remain in the coalition against the terrorist group. The BBC also reported that a Syrian passport was found next to the body of a bomber.

UPDATE at 1:01 p.m. – French President Francois Hollande said ISIS declared an “act of war” in the terrorist attacks. France, he said, “will be merciless to the Islamic State group.”

UPDATE at 1:01 p.m. –  The latest death count is 128, according to CNN.

A red rose is placed in front of the French and the EU flag at half-mast outside the French Embassy in Berlin on Nov. 14, 2015, a day after deadly attacks in Paris. The string of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Nov. 13, 2015, left more than 127 people dead, in the worst such violence in France's history. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)
A red rose is placed in front of the French and the EU flag at half-mast outside the French Embassy in Berlin on Nov. 14, 2015, a day after deadly attacks in Paris. The string of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late Nov. 13, 2015, left more than 127 people dead, in the worst such violence in France’s history. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

UPDATE at 10:30 a.m. – The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

UPDATE at 10:30 p.m. – Officials have that said at least eight “militants” were involved in the attacks, said AFP. Meanwhile, the Paris prosecutor’s office said 200 people were injured, 80 of them critically.

UPDATE at 9:50 p.m. – Paris police said that all attackers are believed to be dead, according to  AP.

UPDATE at 9:35 p.m. – Le Figaro newspaper says 126 are dead, 83 are critically injured, and 132 are moderately injured.

UPDATE at 9:30 p.m. – French media says three of the attackers a the Bataclan theater blew themselves up with explosives.

UPDATE at 8:50 p.m. – French president said the borders would be closed, but his office now says that was not correct.

UPDATE at 8:40 p.m. – Five attackers were “neutralized,” the French prosecutor’s office said. Two of the assailants were at the Bataclan theater.

UPDATE at 8:20 p.m – More than 149 people have been confirmed dead, according a French official who spoke with CNN. More than 1,500 soldiers were sent to Paris. Meanwhile, a France24 reporter says 158 died.

UPDATE at 8:15 p.m. – There were more than seven coordinated attacks on Paris, CNN reported.

UPDATE at 8:05 p.m. – Paris’ deputy mayor said 118 people were killed across Paris in the attacks. Meanwhile French President Hollande said France will fight the attackers “without mercy,” according to AFP.

UPDATE at 7:45 p.m. – One police official said 11 people were killed at a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement near the stadium, along with more than 100 at the concert hall.  Other officials said three people died as bombs went off outside a stadium.

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.

Several explosions were heard during the France-Germany soccer match at the Stade de France north of Paris on Friday, Nov. 13. One of explosions near the Paris stadium was suicide attack, according to AFP, citing “several sources.” A French police official confirmed to The Associated Press two suicide attacks in total were carried out near the stadium.

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Video footage reportedly shot from inside the Bataclan theater shows the chaos. (Twitter/screenshot)

Meanwhile, there is a hostage situation nearby at the Bataclan theater. People from inside the theater were tweeting and a video was uploaded, showing the chaos. 

As of 7 p.m. ET, the hostage situation at the theater ended after French police stormed the building. Two gunmen were killed, reported BFMTV. Police have taken out at least 100 hostages, and some appear to be wounded.

Supporters invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium at the end of the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Hundreds of people spilled onto the field of the Stade de France stadium after explosions were heard nearby. French President Francois Hollande says he is closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency after several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Supporters invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium at the end of the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Hundreds of people spilled onto the field of the Stade de France stadium after explosions were heard nearby. French President Francois Hollande says he is closing the country’s borders and declaring a state of emergency after several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

President Barack Obama said the attacks in Paris are an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”

President Hollande said in a televised statement: “We have mobilized all available forces to neutralize the terrorists.” The military was deployed, the borders of France were closed down, and a state of emergency was declared. He said security forces are assaulting a site in Paris after the attacks.

City authorities in Paris called on residents to stay home after the deadly attacks, AFP reported.

Emergency services attend the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015.  Police officials in France on Friday report multiple terror incidents, leaving many dead.  It was unclear at this stage if the events are linked. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Emergency services attend the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Police officials in France on Friday report multiple terror incidents, leaving many dead. It was unclear at this stage if the events are linked. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Gregory Goupil of the French Police Union Alliance said two of the explosions that occurred near Stade de France were suicide attacks, The Telegraph reported

The first known attack took place at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in Paris’s 10th arrondissement. At the same time, there were reports of explosions from the Stade de France.

Medics stand by victims in a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Police officials in France on Friday reported a shootout in a Paris restaurant and an explosion in a bar near a Paris stadium. It was unclear if the events were linked. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Medics stand by victims in a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Police officials in France on Friday reported a shootout in a Paris restaurant and an explosion in a bar near a Paris stadium. It was unclear if the events were linked. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

According to the Telegraph, a witness said one of the gunmen shouted, “Allah akbar,” a phrase often used by jihadists.

“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. We’re out now. I think people are still inside. It’s a nightmare – a nightmare,” said a man identified only as Louis, who was inside the Bataclan theater.

One of the gunmen also yelled, “It’s for Syria” inside the theater, according to broadcaster BFMTV, citing a witness.

French President Hollande was apparently watching the Germany-France match and was moved from the stadium to safety. Fans inside the stadium said they heard an explosion and it stopped match play.

One of the shootings at took place at a Cambodian restaurant, witnesses said on social media. Witnesses said assault rifles were used in the shooting.

French President Francois Hollande, left, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrive to watch the international friendly soccer match France against Germany at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Several dozen people were killed in attacks around Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the countrys borders and declaring a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
French President Francois Hollande, left, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrive to watch the international friendly soccer match France against Germany at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Several dozen people were killed in attacks around Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the countrys borders and declaring a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

According to the Guardian earlier on Friday, there was bomb threat evacuation at a Paris hotel. It stated: “The Hotel Molitor said an anonymous caller phoned in the threat at 9.50am local time and that members of Germany’s squad, who face France later on Friday, and all other guests were immediately evacuated.”