Terror has erupted in France after a series of planned attacks were carried out across Paris late Friday night, prompting several groups of authorities to swarm the Bataclan concert venue in an effort to save dozens of hostages, some of which were wounded. Initially reported at 43, to date the death toll has already risen to over 140 individuals.
France has officially declared a national state of emergency, as President Francois Hollande described the events as “unprecedented terrorist attacks,” adding “This is a horror. Faced with terror, this is a nation that knows how to defend itself, how to mobilize its forces and once again, knows how to overcome the terrorists.”
According to French reporter Julien Pearce, who was inside the Bataclan theater earlier when two unmasked gunmen entered, the men fired for over 10 minutes; choosing to shoot some hostages execution style. While Pearce was able to escape, he described the scene in detail, saying that he saw roughly 20 to 25 bodies lying dead on the floor. Police have advised that both gunmen have been killed.
Officials say that security forces have contained the vicious assault, with one explaining that it was complete “carnage” inside, in part because of explosives tossed directly at the hostages.
In addition to the Bataclan attack, assaults were also carried out at the Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon restaurants, where a BBC reporter claimed to have seen over 10 people lying on the ground, either dead or seriously injured. Authorities are already citing the tragedy as a well-planned terrorist attack.
President Obama added, “This is an attack on all humanity” and vowed that the United States will do “Whatever it takes to work with the French people and nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice.”
This story is still developing.