At least 60 people were killed in four coordinated shooting and bomb attacks in central Paris late Friday while up to 100 others were taken hostage at a heavy metal concert, French authorities said.
A man armed with a Kalashnikov fatally shot a number of people and wounded seven others at a packed restaurant and there were also a pair of explosions in another restaurant near the Stade de France, where the French soccer team was playing Germany.
Authorities suspect the attack near the stadium was the work of a suicide bomber.
Two other gunmen fired at least 20 shots in the Bataclan theater, where the US band the Eagles of Death Metal were playing, killing a number and holding up to 100 concertgoers hostage.
And there were reports of yet another shooting the Les Halles shopping mall.
A US law enforcement official said the attacks bore all the signs of a terrorist operation.
“Typically when there are coordinated attacks — in this case three — it has all the hallmarks of it being a terrorist attack,” the source said.
Police and ambulances were on the scene outside the Cambodge Cambodian restaurant in the 10th arrondissement or district where one of the atrocities occurred.
Dozens of shots were fired, according to witnesses, who described the grisly scene as a “nightmare,” with multiple bodies lying in the street, the Liberation newspaper reports.
Reports said that French President Hollande was in the stadium at the time of the attacks but was hustled away by his security team.
Hollande later called an emergency cabinet.
The game continued for some time before authorities asked fans.
The city was in a state of panic as authorities were frantically trying to determine if some of the attackers were still on the loose.
Friday morning, Germany’s national team returned to its hotel in western Paris after being evacuated following a bomb threat, The Telegraph reported.
The Hotel Molitor said an anonymous person called in the threat at 9:50 a.m. and the German team and other guests were quickly evacuated.