Hostage Siege Over; 100 Reported Dead Inside

Security forces kill 2 attackers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2015 6:31 PM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2015 6:54 PM CST
Hostage Siege Over; 100 Reported Dead Inside
Investigating police officers work outside the Stade de France stadium.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

A hostage siege in a Paris concert hall is over, but an estimated 100 people are reported dead inside the building. Security forces raided the Bataclan concert hall, killing at least two attackers wielding assault weapons, police said. One official described "carnage" inside the hall, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages. It was one of at least six attacks Friday night in the French capital. One of the targets was the nation's main sports stadium, where President Francois Hollande was attending a soccer game. He was evacuated safely when at least two bombs, apparently the work of suicide attackers, went off near the stadium. As of now, the total death is about 140, reports Reuters, but that is expected to rise.

At the White House, President Obama expressed solidarity with France, reports the New York Times. “Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians,” he said. “This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.” No group has claimed responsibility, but members and supporters of ISIS were celebrating on Twitter. (France has closed its borders.)

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