November 14, 2015 | By Parmjeet Singh
Paris: French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency across the country and said that all the borders have been closed after multiple gun and bomb attacks rocked the city, killing at least 120 people.
Heavily armed security forces ended the hostage siege at the Bataclan concert hall after midnight local time. At least three attackers were killed.
“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.
In a separate incident, police said a gunman opened fired with a Kalashnikov at a Cambodian restaurant called Le Petit Cambodge late on Friday, killing 11 people.
Residents in Paris were asked to stay indoors as about 1,500 soldiers were deployed in the city following the simultaneous attacks.
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.
“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 shen 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.
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