A CITY UNDER ATTACK; at Least 140 Killed in Shootings and Blasts; Soccer Stadium & Restaurants Targeted; 100 Hostages Held at Top Concert Venue

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A CITY UNDER ATTACK; at Least 140 Killed in Shootings and Blasts; Soccer Stadium & Restaurants Targeted; 100 Hostages Held at Top Concert Venue


Byline: PETER ALLEN and LOUISE SASSOON

AT least 140 people were killed last night as Paris was rocked by multiple terrorist attacks.

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.

President Francois Hollande, who was at the match, later declared a state of emergency and closed the borders.

Around 100 hostages were killed in a concert hall as entertainment sites around the city were targeted.

One witness said: "The men came in and started shooting. Everyone fell to the ground. It was hell. I took my mum, and we hid.

"Someone near us said they have gone, so we ran out. I was only thinking of escaping. We're out now. People are still inside. It's a nightmare, a nightmare." Student Gilles Avel was out with friends close to the Bataclan - where US band Eagles of Death Metal was playing.

The 19-year-old said: "We are all terrified and have been told to get away as soon as possible. There were shots and then lots of people running."

Witness Andrew Smith posted on Twitter: "Hostages from the theatre have been released and are walking down Rue Oberkampf. Some are literally shaking with fear.

"They are hugging each other. One guy fainted on reaching the relative safety of our street.

"I'm watching the casualties go by our front window and I'm starting to feel anger.

"A few people on stretchers are being wheeled past us. Gunshot wounds in chest." The apparently co-ordinated attacks came as the country was on high alert for terrorist attacks ahead of a global climate conference this month.

Sources said they suspected an Islamist militant group was behind the carnage and it is believed it could be in revenge for the drone killing of the British Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John".

A university professor from Belfast caught up in the shootings last night ld told of the terror on the streets.

Prof Paddy Gray, who is based in the Jordanstown campus of the University of Ulster, tweeted from the scene of the shootings as did another Irishman. …

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