Gunfire at a concert hall, a restaurant and a bomb attack on a bar has killed scores of people in Paris. French President Francois Hollande has convened an emergency meeting at some 100 hostages taken at rock concert.
Police in Paris say a shootout in a restaurant left scores dead and wounded in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital on Friday evening.
“At least three shootings took place, possibly four in the Bataclan area and rue Charonne” in eastern Paris, an unnamed police spokesman told the AFP news agency
French broadcast BFM-TV is reporting at least 40 dead in multiple attacks across the city. The attacks apparently began with an explosion near the Stade de France north of the capital. Witnesses at the stadium, where Germany had been facing off against France in a soccer friendly, reported hearing two explosions.
Following the final whistle, spectators flooded the pitch as news of the attacks spread. Organizers started evacuating the stadium by three doors.
French President Francois Hollande was reportedly evacuated from the soccer stadium and is now at the Interior Ministry for an emergency meeting.
“The president of the Republic, the prime minister, the interior minister are in a inter-ministerial crisis cell,” the government said in a statement.
Separately, gunmen have reportedly burst in on the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. The venue had booked the US-rock act Eagels of Death Metal which was playing to a sold-out audience when attackers killed at least 15 people and have taken around 100 hostages.
Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told private broadcaster CNN that it’s too early to assume the attacks are linked but that it appears that’s likely.
Security moves people along Rue Bichat following a string of attacks in the French capital Paris on November 13, 2015.
Emilioi Macchio, a tourist from Ravenna, Italy, told the Associated Press that he was having a beer on the sidewalk near the bar when the shooting started. “It sounded like fireworks,” he said.
He said he didn’t see any gunmen or victims, but took cover behind a corner and then ran away.
Friday morning bomb scare
The German national team is in Paris playing a friendly match against the host country’s national team. Earlier Friday, an anonymous caller caused a bomb scare at the hotel the Germans were staying in.
Police using bomb-sniffing dogs were unable to find a threat, and the players were able to return to their hotel.