Multiple attacks in Paris, at least 18 dead: police

13th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

At least 18 people were killed in multiple attacks in Paris Friday, including one near the Stade de France sports stadium and another at a concert venue, police said.

Fifteen of the victims were killed at the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris, police said, adding that a hostage crisis was ongoing at the venue.

The three others were killed in explosions near the stadium just north of Paris, where a France-Germany football match was taking place.

President Francois Hollande, who was at the match, headed for crisis talks with Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve at the interior ministry.

"At least three shootings took place, possibly four in the Bataclan area and rue Charonne" in eastern Paris, a police spokesman told AFP.

The attacks, whose motive was not immediately clear, came less than a year after jihadist gunmen killed 17 people in attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket.

French authorities have been on high alert since the January attacks, and the country has been named as a priority target by Islamic State militants.

Several attacks have been foiled since January.

© 2015 AFP

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