Friday, November 13, 2015

Breaking News: Terror in Paris - 26 Dead, 60 Hostages Taken

No trigger warning for this post folks, sorry.  One of the rare serious posts from me.  Several major media outlets are reporting on a developing situation in Paris, France.  From Fox News:
At least 26 people were killed in multiple Paris terror attacks Friday, the Associated Press reported.
At the same time, up to 60 hostages were reported taken at Paris Bataclan concert hall.
The attacks involved a shootout in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondisement and an explosion in a bar near a Paris stadium. Simultaneous attacks are a trademark of terrorist operations.
Apparently there's no confirmation at this time as to whether or not the attacks are terror-related.  Seems a pretty safe bet at this point, although we don't want to make assumptions like the mainstream media.  Word is the French president was at the stadium and was evacuated.  I'll post updates as I get them.

Pray for France, folks.  Looks like this might get worse before it gets any better.

Several blogs are also covering this event:

Legal Insurrection - Multiple Fatalities After Public Shooting in Paris

HotAir - Breaking: Multiple deaths in Paris amid reports of shootings, explosion

FYI: for what it's worth Allahpundit at HotAir notes that apparently a witness at the concert hall said people were shouting "Allah Akbar" just before they opened fire.

Twitchy - Report: Injuries, fatalities following Paris shooting, explosion; Purported eyewitness tweets; Update: Photos, video added

Twitchy has several videos from the scene of the explosions.  According to their latest update the total dead is now 35, total hostages 100.

Update: Watching Shepard Smith on Fox News.  Just reported that apparently people are exiting the concert hall, some of them covered in blood.  Gunmen were unmasked, firing calmly into the crowd.  One apparently shouted "this is for Syria."

Shepard Smith also said they're getting reports that there are multiple other attacks taking place around the city.  Local news is apparently reporting that there's another attack underway in a mall.  Authorities haven't confirmed or denied this.

Update: Fox just reported attacks happening at six different locations around Paris.  Shep Smith cited "credible sources."  France's borders are closed and the military is being deployed around the city.  At least 40 dead and 60 wounded.

Update: Phone call from concert hall at Bataclan says hostages are being executed one by one while begging for help from authorities

Update: Police assault underway at concert hall.  Updated link to the story at Fox News.

Update: Obama condemns 'outrageous' Paris attacks, vows terrorists will face 'justice'.  A bit old by this point, but I felt it was still relevant.

Update: Still watching Shep Smith on Fox News.  Apparently one man was arrested at Bataclan, and said "I am Syrian, and I am from ISIS."

Update:  Apparently 12 people have been rescued from the concert hall at Bataclan.  Good news if it's true.

Update: Saw a few people on Twitter saying there were reports the Louvre was under attack.  Haven't been able to find confirmation, though, and there's nothing on Fox News about it. Updates happening over at Breitbart as well.

Update: Official death toll now 100.

Update: And the death toll keeps climbing.  Now stands at 140, but I expect it'll be higher before the night is over.

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