STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • At least 120 killed, 200 injured in six attacks across Paris
  • About 80 of the victims killed at Bataclan concert hall
  • Four attackers dead at Bataclan
  • Another four attackers dead elsewhere in Paris
  • Three restaurants and a shopping centre targeted in shootings
  • Residents in Paris asked to stay indoors
  • Manhunt for suspects continues

A state of emergency has been declared across France after at least six attacks in Paris killed at least 120 people and injured about 200 others, sowing widespread fear.

Up to 80 of the victims died on Friday evening at the Bataclan concert venue in the French capital in a hostage situation, which has since ended.

Three attackers were killed at the site and a manhunt is under way as a number of armed men are believed to be on the loose. Another five attackers were killed elsewhere in Paris, prosecutors said.

As France awakened on Saturday, security was tight across Paris, where 1,500 extra soldiers were deployed and all leave was cancelled for police personnel.

Three restaurants and a shopping centre were also targeted in shooting attacks.

Elsewhere, two explosions occured near the national stadium Stade de France where the French national football team was playing against Germany.

French President Francois Hollande was in the stadium at the time. Police said one suicide bomber and at least five people were killed in the stadium attack.

Reports also said that Paris has cancelled all public transportation services including the Metro.

 

Heavily armed security forces ended the hostage siege at the Bataclan concert hall after midnight local time. All four attackers were killed, French police said. Three of them died when they activated explosive belts they were wearing.

“It was carnage in that concert hall,” freelance journalist John Laurenson told Al Jazeera from Paris, adding that the death toll was higher than initially announced.

Eagles of Death Metal, an American band from Los Angeles, were playing at the night club.

Map showing some of the locations where the Paris attacks took place [Al Jazeera]

In a separate incident, police said a gunman opened fire with a Kalashnikov at a Cambodian restaurant called Le Petit Cambodge late on Friday, killing at least 14 people and injuring 20.

Residents in Paris were asked to stay indoors as attackers could still be on the loose, French media reported.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from Paris, said: “Certainly from the very first moment the police were searching from various other bars and restaurants they were asking people to clear out bars and restaurants in the area. Clearly, police are very concerned about other potential targets.”

 

Police evacuated people from all bars and restaurants in the area of the 10th and 11th arrondissement, a popular part of Paris with young people and tourists.

Madeline Berry, who was dining at a restaurant in the area, told Al Jazeera: “I was just having some food with some friends. All the sudden we noticed people moving to the back of the restaurant.

“They basically shut the shutters of the restaurant and turned the music off. People are calling their families, everyone is on the mobile phones calling their families.”

Police stand outside the Stade de France where a France – Germany friendly football match was happening [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

Officials also said that the suicide bomber who attacked near Stade de France killed at least four people and injured 11. President Hollande, who was at the Stade de France, and his interior minister rushed to the ministry to deal with the unfolding situation.

“We have, on my decision, mobilised all forces possible to neutralise the terrorists and make all concerned areas safe. I have also asked for military reinforcements. They are currently in the Paris area, to ensure that no new attack can take place,” Hollande said in a television statement after an emergency cabinet meeting.

International condemnation 

US President Barack Obama called the attacks in Paris “outrageous” and said the US was united with France.

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians,” Obama told reporters at the White House.

“We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need,” he said, and pledged to “bring these terrorists to justice and go after any terrorist networks” involved.

Former US official comments on implications of Paris attacks

“Those who think that they can terrorise the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong,” Obama said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “shocked” by the events in Paris.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help,” he wrote on Twitter.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “profoundly shocked” by the attacks.

“At this time, my thoughts are with the victims of these apparently terrorist attacks, and with their families and all residents of Paris,” Merkel said in a statement.

Speaking to Al Jazeera from Pennsylvania, Malcolm Nance, a security and intelligence consultant, said it was likely that either the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group or al-Qaeda was behind the attacks.

“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this is actually an occurrence almost every day throughout the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. We just had an attack in Beirut which killed almost 40 people; we had a bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt,” he said.

“These mass-casualty attacks are hallmarks of al-Qaeda and the ISIL organisation. It appears now that the battlefront has has moved from the Middle East and is now at the forefront of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Football fans at the Stade de France after the international friendly match between France and Germany [The Associated Press]

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies