French Authorities Say Dozens Dead In Paris Attacks

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Old 14-Nov-2015
French Authorities Say Dozens Dead In Paris Attacks

Shootings and explosions in several locations in and around Paris have reportedly left dozens of people dead.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsely is reporting from Paris that there were three locations where violence broke out. A shooting took place in front of a restaurant; another happened in a concert hall called the Bataclan, where, she says, a hostage situation is currently unfolding. The third was an explosion outside the national stadium, just outside the city, where a soccer game between Germany and France was being played. This video appeared to capture the sound of an explosion.

"People are saying that Paris is under attack again," Eleanor said, referring to the terrorist attack that shook Paris in January.

French President Francois Hollande addressed the nation, announcing that he had declared a state of emergency and was closing France's international borders.

Though Eleanor says little is known about the hostage situation at the concert hall, law enforcement officers who stormed the venue heard gunfire but didn't know where it was coming from. She says police have locked down the neighborhoods around the two places in Paris.

She said French TV is getting information from people on the scene. "Many people were crying and the news channels had to cut them off because they couldn't have that kind of thing on the air to panic people because nobody really knows whats going on."

President Obama called the attack "outrageous" and pledged U.S. support to France.

"This is an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share," Obama said during his brief remarks. He said it was a "heartbreaking situation."

Obama also said that the U.S. would help bring those responsible to justice and "go after any terrorist networks that go after our people."

We will update as more details become available. When news such as this is breaking, some reports will turn out to be incorrect. We will focus on accounts from journalists on the ground and reliable news outlets.

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