Six Attacks Leave at Least 153 Dead in France, President Hollande Speaks Out (UPDATE)

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UPDATE 11/13/15 - 11:47 P.M.: Officials are now saying that at least 153 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis attacks. At least 112 died at the Bataclan concert hall.

Journalist Julien Pearcewitnessed the events in the theater and recalled what happened. "We lied down on the floor not to get hurt. It was a huge panic. The terrorists shot at us for 10 to 15 minutes. It was a bloodbath," he told CNN. He said he didn't hear the attackers speak, but one friend who escaped claims he heard them talk about Iraq and Syria. He added that two men dressed in black began shooting and that after the wounded fell to the floor, the gunmen shot them again—execution-style.

French president Francois Hollande arrived at the scene and spoke to reporters, confirming that the attackers have been killed.

UPDATE 11/13/15: BBC News is reporting that 200 were injured during the Paris attacks-80 of them seriously. France's president, Francois Hollande, declared a state of emergency and ordered the borders shut.

Eight attackers were also killed: Four in the Bataclan concert hall, one shot by police and three after activating their suicide vests.

U.S. President Barack Obama called the events an "an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians" and UK Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to do "whatever we can to help".

See below for the original story published on 11/13/15.

Six terrorist attacks across Paris, France have left at least 120 dead, in addition to five of the attackers, per Paris Public Prosecutor Francois Molins who said accomplices may still be at large. Paris police prefect Michael Cadot says all of the attackers are believed to be dead. According to the AP a French police officer confirmed there were two suicide attacks and one bombing near the Stade de France soccer stadium. Vox quotes a France 24 broadcast as confirming three separate shootings in Paris’ 10th and 11th arrondissements. One of the shootings, at the Bataclan theater, resulted in at least 100 people killed during a concert, which later turned into a hostage situation.

Photos show a chaotic scene after multiple attacks in Paris leave as many as 35 people dead

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) November 13, 2015

Translation: Survivor leaving Bataclan "We escaped, there was blood everywhere, they fired shotguns into the crowd."

— Nick, between drinks (@ClaytonNicholas) November 13, 2015

The Bataclan theater in the 10th arrondissement was hosting a concert for American band Eagles of Death Metal when the attack and subsequent hostage situation occurred. One of the concert-goers included French radio reporter Julien Pearce who told CNN after he managed to escape that two men dressed in black started shooting at the crowd with what he thought were AK-47s. He said the men shot people execution style "one by one." The prefect said the gunmen shot at cafes outside of the Bataclan before heading inside. Another concert-goer, Marc Coupris, 57, who was one of the hostages freed after the police raid where four attackers died, three of whom committed suicide by detonating explosive vests, described the scene at the Bataclan as "carnage" to The GuardianA shaking Coupris said he saw at least two gunmen who started shooting from the balcony. 

“Everyone scrabbled to the ground,” Coupris said. I was on the ground with a man on top of me and another one beside me up against a wall. We just stayed still like that. At first we kept quiet. I don’t know how long we stayed like that, it seemed like an eternity. I saw my final hour unfurl before me, I thought this was the end. I thought I’m finished, I’m finished. I was terrified.”

At about 9:17 p.m. during a France v Germany match at the Stade de France stadium, two separate explosions were heard with an AP reporter in attendance citing them as "loud enough to penetrate the sounds of cheering fans." The explosion was later revealed to be a suicide attack near the stadium as BR24 said the terrorists hadn't been able to get into the stadium. According to the prefect, a "set" of attackers were at the stadium while a second group attacked in other parts of the city. France's president, Francois Hollande, was inside the stadium and quickly evacuated.

The explosion can he heard during the soccer match:

— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) November 13, 2015

Hélicoptère, pelouse envahie, scènes surréalistes.

— Vincent Menichini (@v_menichini) November 13, 2015

"It’s a heavy recollection of what happened in January," the Deputy Paris Mayor told NBC, referring to the tragic Charlie Hebdo attacks. "Now we are struck again. This is harder. I am shaken." During a statement shortly after the violence was initiated, President Barack Obama called the attacks "an attack on all of humanity." During a statement of his own, President Hollande confirmed that France would be closing its borders and entering a state of emergency for the first time since the Algerian War:

BREAKING: French Pres. Hollande: France closing its borders, declaring state of emergency after Paris attacks.

— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 13, 2015

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