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Shootings and explosions leave 65 dead in Paris, 60 hostages taken

The Levant News — At least 65 people have been killed in attacks in and around Paris, French police have said.

French police said a gunman opened fired with a Kalashnikov at a Cambodian restaurant late on Friday, killing 11 people.

In a separate attack, 15 people were killed and at least 60 were taken hostage at the nearby Bataclan concert hall.

Special forces were surrounding the venue in eastern Paris, police said.

Eagles of Death Metal, an American band from Los Angeles, were playing at the night club.

Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from Paris, said: “Certainly from the very first moment the police were searching from various other bars and restaurants they were asking people to clear out bars and restaurants in the area. Clearly, police are very concerned about other potential targets.”

Police evacuated people from all bars and restaurants in the area of the 10th and 11th arrondissement, a popular part of Paris with young people and tourists.

Madeline Berry, who was dining at a restaurant in the area, told Al Jazeera: “I was just having some food with some friends. All the sudden we noticed people moving to the back of the restaurant.

“They basically shut the shutters of the restaurant and turned the music off. People are calling their families, everyone is on the mobile phones calling their families.”

Officials also said there have been two explosions near the Stade de France stadium where a France-Germany friendly football match was taking place.

It was unclear if the events were linked.

French President Francois Hollande, who was at the Stade de France, and his interior minister rushed to the ministry to deal with the unfolding situation, an official said.
Source: Aljazeera – CNN – AFP

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