Islamic extremists attack “soft-targets” throughout Paris
Paris authorities reported late Friday that 46 people were killed after gunmen opened fire at three locations in central Paris. Gunmen took 100 people hostage in a local concert hall where an American heavy metal band were performing. Two explosions were heard at or near the the Stade de France, the national stadium, where Germany and France were holding a soccer match, the Associated Press reports. It was not immediately clear if the two events were related.
Police officials confirm that 11 people were killed in a downtown restaurant and 35 were killed in the theater. A BBC journalist at the scene reports 10 people were seen in the street, either dead or seriously injured. A police official confirmed one explosion at a McDonald’s near the stadium. The game was not stopped, police told NBC News. France has been on edge since Islamic extremists attacked the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store early this year. Twenty people, including three attackers, were left dead in the terror. The Bataclan theater is in the same general neighborhood as the Charlie Hebdo offices, according to the AP. The American band Eagles of Death Metal were scheduled to play at Bataclan theater Friday night.
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