November 13, 2015

FRENCH POLICE END CONCERT HALL SIEGE, according to WGHP-TV:

At least 40 people are dead [see below — Ed] and 60 are wounded in the attacks, Fox News reports. As many as 100 people were being held hostage in the Paris Bataclan concert hall, according to Fox News.

French President Francois Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning borders will be closed. A mandatory curfew has been imposed in Paris, Fox News reports. It is the first since 1944.

People from inside the concert hall were posting on social media begging the police to come in, saying they are slaughtering people one-by-one, CNN reports.

A witness inside the concert hall told CNN, “It was a bloodbath,” saying the attackers would just look at people and then shoot them without remorse. Five explosions were heard in the concert hall, according to reports.

One person was arrested and that person told police he was from Syria and recruited from ISIS, according to Fox News, citing French sources.

Twelve people have been rescued from the concert hall and taken to safety as authorities stormed the hall, according to Fox News.

The scene at the concert hall has since ended and police gained control of the situation. Two attackers are dead, according to Fox News.

Seven attacks took place in Paris, according to Fox News, citing French sources. Three explosions took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis late Friday, BFMTV said. Two or three gunmen entered the Bataclan concert hall while opening fire on law enforcement, BFMTV reported.

Found via the NRO Corner, which is also live-updating the terrorist attack. AP is currently reporting, “Another official said at least 100 people died inside the hall. A police assault on the venue finished early Saturday, leaving at least two attackers dead, officials said.”

UPDATE: Allahpundit adds, “Sky News is estimating 140 dead now in all, which seems conservative given the reports from the concert hall.” Earlier in his post, he speculated, “Whether most of [the hostages inside the concert hall] were killed by execution, bombing, or crossfire between the jihadis and cops remains to be seen. If that’s true, though, then it seems a cinch that the total death toll will pass the Mumbai attacks,” in which over 160 victims were killed.

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