Paris Rocked By Attacks That Killed At Least 100 People

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UPDATE: Nov. 13, 2015, 9:46 PM ET

France was in a state of emergency Friday evening after at least six attacks at sites across Paris. Police told news outlets that at least 100 were feared dead at a concert venue, while other casualties were reported elsewhere in the city. The Paris prosecutor said the death toll could be more than 120.

The head of the Paris police said late Friday that all of the attackers are believed to be dead. Earlier the Paris prosecutor said that accomplices of the attackers could still be on the loose.

Blasts were heard outside of a stadium where President Francis Hollande was attending a soccer match. The AP reported confirmation from a French official that two of the blasts were suicide attacks, and there had been one bombing near the Paris stadium.

After being evacuated from the stadium, Hollande appeared on television and declared the country to be in a state of emergency. He also announced that France’s borders would be closed while the attacks were investigated.

The Paris prosecutor said five attackers may be dead in the attacks across the city, according to the AP. “He said that terrorists had struck six sites: Stade de France; Boulevard de Charonne, where 18 died; Boulevard Voltaire, where one died; Rue Fontaine le Roi, where five died; Rue Alibert, where 14 died; and The Bataclan, a live music venue,” the New York Times reported.

At least two of the attackers at the concert venue were killed, police told the AP, and the theater has been secured. Witnesses say the attackers fired upon the crowd and tossed explosives before police were able to rescue the hostages.

The series of attacks gripped the city in fear and recalled the horrors of the Charlie Hebdo carnage just 10 months ago.

Hundreds of people spilled onto the field of the Stade de France stadium after explosions were heard nearby during a friendly match between the French and German national soccer teams.

A stadium announcer made an announcement over the loudspeaker after the match, telling fans to avoid certain exits “due to events outside,” without elaborating.

At first that prompted some panic, but then the crowds just walked dazed, hugging each other and looking at their phones for the latest news of the violence.

An explosion can purportedly be heard in a Vine posted of the game:

President Obama called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians” in remarks late Friday.

“This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share,” Obama said.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson reassured the American public in a statement: “At this time, we know of no specific or credible threats of an attack on the U.S. homeland of the type that occurred in Paris tonight.”

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