PARIS — The country of France is under a state of emergency as several terror attacks are unfolding in the country, with at least 150 believed dead.
The first attack occurred outside of a soccer game late Friday. Reports state that suicide bombers blew themselves up at Stade de France stadium during a France-Germany soccer match. Two explosions were heard.
Explosions were also heard at Le Bataclan arts center, where 60 to 100 people who were gathered for a rock concert were held hostage by gunmen. Witnesses likewise reported shots fired as a man yelled, “Allahu Akbar” and “This is for Syria!”
“I’m still at the Bataclan. First floor. Hurt Bad! There are survivors inside. They are cutting down all the world—one by one,” wrote survivor Benjamin Cazenoves on social media.
“There was blood everywhere,” an unnamed witness who likewise escaped the building told French media. “They were firing a pump-action shotgun into the crowd.”
Bodies were additionally seen outside of Le Petit Cambodge restaurant where witnesses report seeing gunmen with assault rifles shooting at diners through the windows.
“I was on my way to my sister’s when I heard shots being fired. Then I saw three people dead on the ground. I know they were dead because they were being wrapped up in plastic bags,” Fabien Baron told Reuters.
There are reported deaths at Le Carillon café as well.
“We all ran inside when the shooting started and dived for the ground,” texted a woman inside the cafe to a friend of Telegraph reporter Rory Mulholland. “At this moment we have been told by police to remain on the ground. There are several bodies alongside us.”
“Intense gunfire” was also reported at Les Halles, a shopping mall near the Paris town hall.
The series of attacks are believed to be coordinated. A mandatory curfew is now in place, and the country’s borders have been sealed.
“It’s a horror,” said French President Francois Hollande in a televised address to the nation, appearing visibly shaken. He referred to the multiple assaults as an “unprecedented terrorist attack.”
One man has been arrested in the attack and is reported as stating that he was recruited by ISIS to carry out the assault.