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Paris attacks: what we know so far

Saturday 14 November 2015, by siawi3

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/14/paris-attacks-what-we-know-so-far

Gun attacks and suicide bombings across city that killed more than 120 people described by French president as ‘act of war’

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President Hollande blames Islamic State for ‘act of war’
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Saturday 14 November 2015 11.22 GMT
Last modified on Saturday 14 November 2015 13.46 GMT

Here is what we know so far about the Paris attacks:

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Latest coverage of the attacks across Paris that have left at least 127 people dead

President François Hollande says the Islamic State group is to blame for terror attacks across Paris that have left at least 127 dead. He says the attacks were an “act of war … prepared and planned elsewhere, with outside involvement which this investigation will seek to establish†. Hollande adds that France will be “ruthless in its response†and declares three days of national mourning.

Islamic State releases a statement claiming responsibility for the attacks on Saturday and threaten s further attacks against France. The group says the killings were in response to airstrikes against its militants, adding France would remain a “key target†.

The state of emergency declared across France on Friday night remains in place on Saturday. The measure means that most public spaces can be shut down and there is heightened police and military presence across the country. The French police stress that no public demonstrations are to be held in Paris.

David Cameron is to chair an emergency meeting of government ministers and security officials to discuss the British response. A senior Met police officer raises the prospect of increasing the threat level to the UK to its highest possible.

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People clamber out of Bataclan concert hall to escape gunfire WARNING: graphic video

The French government also convenes an emergency meeting on Saturday morning to formulate its response to the attack. An international investigation is launched overnight and officials have said “accomplices†are still at large.

The injury count currently stands at about 200, 99 of whom are seriously. wounded.

Earlier on Saturday, the death toll at each location was reported as: 87 at the Bataclan theatre; 18 at Boulevard de Charonne; one at Boulevard Voltaire; five at Rue de la Fontaine au Roi; and 14 at Rue Alibert. More deaths were reported on Saturday morning but it is unclear where they occurred. At the Stade de France, the Paris prosecutor, François Molins, says “some†people were killed, possibly three. However, it is not clear whether they are attackers or victims.

Eight assailants have been killed, seven of them in suicide bombings, a French prosecutor said. But police are still hunting accomplices. Witnesses to one shooting said police told them at least one attacker was still at large.

Shootings and explosions occurred at six locations across central and eastern parts of the Paris, including restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and near to the Stade de France to the north of the city. Two suicide attacks and a bombing took place near the stadium, where the national team was playing Germany in a friendly football match.

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Explosion heard during France v Germany football match in Paris
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On Friday night, Hollande orders the closing of the country’s borders. He says there are “unprecedented terror attacks under way in Paris†and authorities warn residents to stay inside.

World leaders have voiced outrage, with many pledging to help France with the ongoing investigation. Barack Obama says America stood shoulder-to-shoulder with France. The Vatican has also condemned the attack as “mad terrorist violence†.