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What is being reported as of noon CST, November 14, 2015 (via LA Times):
- Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. French President Francois Hollande vowed to use “all means anywhere, inside or outside the country” to defeat the “terrorist army.”
- The coordinated attacks hit at least six sites in Paris beginning at 9:20 p.m. local time on Friday.
- The death toll is at least 129, hundreds are injured and the toll is likely to rise.
- The largest number of victims died at Bataclan concert hall, where the Southern California band Eagles of Death Metal was playing a sold-out show. All of the band members have been reported safe .
- Four attackers died at the theater, a U.S. law enforcement official said. The Paris prosecutor told reporters eight extremists are dead in all, and that seven of them died in suicide bombings. Police said they believe all of the attackers involved are dead.
- Three explosions were detonated outside the Stade de France stadium north of Paris. The number of injured or killed there is unknown.
- Much of Paris is closed for business, and Hollande called for three days of mourning.
- It is Europe’s worst terrorist attack since bombs on Madrid’s transport system killed nearly 200 people in March 2004.
Many casualties reported in two shootings and at least one explosion in 10th and 11th districts of Paris. Hostages have been taken at one of the sites.
— Moira Gentry-Moore (@moira930) November 13, 2015
This situation is still developing, but here’s an update of what has happened so far as it unfolded: 13 November 2015 23 minutes ago:
BREAKING: Automatic gunfire heard from outside Paris concert hall where attackers are holding hostages. — The Associated Press (@AP) November 13, 2015
Investigation sources tell AFP, that the death toll has risen to at least 39 people.
23:28 GMT Paris authorities announced the closure of all schools and universities in the French capital.
23:12 GMT French police are deploying armored vehicles at the sites of the attack.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his deep condolences for the “series of monstrous terrorist attacks in Paris.” He has offered his solidarity to French President Francois Hollande and to the people of France, the Kremlin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov told RIA.
Peskov added that Russia condemns such acts, and will offer any help it can to bring those responsible for attacks to justice.
Another shooting was reported at a shopping mall Les Halles near the Louvre
22:57 GMT President Francois Hollande says he will close borders following what he called “unprecedented terrorrist attacks underway in Paris”. The French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency and announced that France will close its borders. The mayor of Paris has asked Parisians not to leave their homes.
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