We’re seeing some terrifying breaking news out of Paris, France tonight, as a wave of attacks have left at least 26 people dead, dozens injured, and dozens held hostage.
Parts of Paris are on lockdown Friday night amid a wave of attacks that have left at least 26 people dead, dozens injured. The situation is still unfolding, but as many as 60 people are believed to be held hostage at a concert hall.
The attacks began with reports of a shooting at a restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge, in a trendy neighborhood in central Paris. Moments later, witnesses reported hearing multiple explosions outside the Stade de France, where France was playing Germany in a internationally-televised soccer match. Then, witnesses said numerous attackers took dozens of people hostages at a concert venue, La Bataclan, where the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was playing a show.
President François Hollande, who was at the stadium, was reportedly evacuated and is now in an emergency meeting at the Interior Ministry. Although explosions could be heard during the game’s broadcast, it continued to its completion.
Authorities did not evacuate the stadium and hundreds of people swarmed the field, hugging each other, crying, and seeking answers to the mayhem unfolding outside.
Here’s video of the shooting at Bataclan concert hall, where hostages are reportedly being held.
Witnesses described a city in “panic.” And from what we are hearing and seeing, so far, we can only imagine…
At the time of this writing, there is no news yet of who is responsible for the shootings, though increasingly it appears these may be coordinated attacks. Additionally, we continue to get updated reports of casualties and hostages.
We will continue to update you here as we pray for our brothers and sisters of Paris, France.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]