More than 150 killed in France terror attacks, state of emergency declared


The toll from a series of explosions and shootings in France capital Paris rose to 153 on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Multiple shootings rocked central Paris Friday night, one of which was at the Bataclan theatre and concert hall where hundreds of people were attending a concert of a rock group.

Four suspected terrorists were killed at the Bataclan theatre.

BBC says that France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 120 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris.

Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage.

The siege ended when security forces stormed the building.

People were shot dead at bars and restaurants at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers were later reported killed.

Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it was unclear if any accomplices were still on the run after the string of near-simultaneous attacks.

Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city.

“It’s Hollande’s fault, he shouldn’t have intervened in Syria!” the man shouted, according to French news agency AFP, citing the French president’s decision to take part in Western air strikes on IS.

In January this year,  Paris had seen three days carnage, when gunmen murdered 18 people, attacking satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman on patrol.

The attack on the 1,500-seat Bataclan hall was by far the deadliest, where the gunmen opened fire on concert-goers watching US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. The event had been sold out.

The series of attacks not far from the Place de la Republique and the Place de la Bastille struck at the heart of the capital, before and after 22:00 (21:00 GMT) on Friday, when cafes, bars and restaurants were at their busiest.

Customers were singled out at a pizza restaurant, a Cambodian restaurant, a bar and a McDonalds outlet.