Paris attacks: 60 reported killed, hostage situation ongoing


[Latest developments, posted at 5:45 p.m. ET]

— At least 60 people have died in the attacks, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

United States security officials are communicating through secure conference calls, sources tell CNN. The assistant to the president for Homeland Security has briefed President Barack Obama on the situation. The president is about to speak.  

— At least six shootings took place in Paris and three explosions took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV said. Two or three gunmen entered the Bataclan concert hall while opening fire on law enforcement, BFMTV reported. A source earlier told CNN there were six to eight hostage takers, citing a person they were talking to inside the venue.

— Paris police tell CNN there were three attacks. Attackers reportedly used AK-47 automatic weapons.

— CNN’s Jim Bittermann, who is based in Paris, reports a producer who is at the Bataclan tells him that police are firing at a rooftop position near the venue.

— President Francois Hollande was evacuated at halftime of the France-Germany soccer match.

— Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are holding a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry to address the attacks in Paris and the explosions in Saint-Denis, according to BFMTV.

— Counterterrorism officials around the United States have convened secure conference calls to try to gather information and to assess whether there is any indication of threats in the U.S, according to two U.S. counterterrorism officials. There is nothing to indicate any threat to U.S. cities so far. Immediate suspicion for the events in Paris falls to so-called returnees — people who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and have returned, the officials said.

[Original story, published 4:48 p.m. ET]

At least 18 people were killed in shootings in central Paris late Friday, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

The network reported there was a hostage situation at one of the three sites where shootings took place. BFMTV said the ongoing hostage situation was at a theater named Bataclan.

There was a lockdown at the Stade de France due to possible explosions, according to French media. President Francois Hollande was at the stadium, watching France playing world champions Germany in a friendly soccer match, but he left to go to the Interior Ministry.

Police were outside the scene of one of the shootings, a restaurant in the 10th District.

Lylia Melkonian, a reporter for France 2, told CNN the neighborhood has many restaurants that were packed with patrons. Melkonian said authorities were evacuating the area.

A witness told BFMTV that firefighters were on the scene to treat the injured.

In early January of this year, two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and wounding 11.

Said and Cherif Kouachi wanted to punish the magazine for the publication of cartoons that they believed mocked the Prophet Mohammed. The Kouachi brothers two days later were shot and killed in a standoff with police in Dammartin-en-Goele.

Amedy Coulibaly, an associate of Said and Cherif Kouachi, attacked a Jewish grocery store in Paris, taking more than a dozen people hostage and killing four. Coulibaly had killed a policewoman the day before, on January 8. Coulibaly was killed when police stormed the kosher market.

9 thoughts on “Paris attacks: 60 reported killed, hostage situation ongoing

  1. And this is why taking gun control DOES NOT WORK!

    In addition to that, this proves my point that once there are more than one attacks happening simultaneously, there won’t be enough police to protect everyone and their strategy of “gang mentality” of putting all of their police officers in one basket (one area) will be the death of them.

    I’m guessing this was merely a distraction for something bigger. People don’t just randomly attack places.

    It’s like Die Hard With a Vengeance. There’s attacks everywhere and you can rob City Hall if you wanted to because there aren’t enough police to protect everyone and they’re all out there distracted and responding to multiple calls that are happening simultaneously that they don’t have any time to investigate anything else.


    Never give up your Right to bear arms, people!

  2. “United States security officials are communicating through secure conference calls, sources tell CNN. The assistant to the president for Homeland Security has briefed President Barack Obama on the situation. The president is about to speak.”

    All hail, the Monkey King is about to speak and will most likely use this as a way to encourage more of his Commie GUN CONTROL propaganda over us.


    “Western security sources said they suspected an Islamist militant group was behind the carnage.”

    Well of course, they suspect Islamist groups! I mean it would never be Israel/Mossad or their country’s own treasonous government. So quick to point the blame on Islam as always. They had their script all ready in hand.

  3. What tells me there is something fishy is how fast the government agencies are “reacting” to this… DHS and others in less than an hour are holding meeting about something on the OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET?!?! Not to mention the UN is jumping in on this in an HOUR?!?!

    This is so fishy it STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN!!! Since WHEN does THIS MANY government agencies get on the ball in less than an HOUR on things that have nothing to DO with them!?!

    Fishy, fishy, fishy!!!

  4. Looks to me that the zionists are up to their old tricks again,
    The Lavon Affair all over again! Can’t conquer Assad, terrorize the world!

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