At least 60 killed in multiple attacks across Paris, 100 others taken hostage

Published November 13th, 2015 - 10:58 GMT

At least 60 people are dead tonight after a series of shootings and explosions in Paris.

A Kalashnikov-wielding gunman is thought to have gone on the rampage in the French capital and explosions rang out near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Gunfire was heard inside a restaurant close to Rue Bichat, in the 10th arrondissement of the city soon after 9pm.

Shouting and screaming also rang out as the shooting began.

Several minutes later more shots were fired at live music Bataclan near Place de la Republique which is a short walk away.

Up to 100 people are understood to be held hostage at the venue where Eagles of Death Metal were due to play to a big crowd.

Moments later a number of explosions were heard near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

French president Francois Holland was reported to be among those evacuated as police swooped during the France and Germany football match.

As anti-terrorist police flooded the area, an officer on the scene warned "the gunman is suspected to be still on the loose. People should leave the area."

Police and other emergency services are at the scene, which is close to where the Charlie Hebdo attack happened in January.

Early social media reports around 11 or 12 shots were fired. It is not yet clear how many are dead but early reports suggest 'several' have been killed.

Journalist Erwan Desplanques said: "First of all, confusion, everyone thought it was firecrackers. Then people were lying on the ground."

The French capital has been on a high state of alert ever since the Charlie Hebdo massacre with security services warning that another attack was always likely.

By Peter Allen, Louise Sassoon


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