Deadly attacks rock numerous sites in Paris
A series of attacks rocked Paris on Friday evening local time, killing dozens and prompting the country to declare a state of emergency and close its borders, according to NBC News.
An explosion was heard outside a stadium where French and German teams were engaged in a soccer match. French President Francoise Hollande was in attendance and quickly evacuated from the premises.
Several people were shot at a restaurant in the 10th arrondissement neighborhood of the French city, police told NBC News. Reports from the Associated Press said that about 100 hostages were being held at a the nearby Bataclan concert hall. Two attackers were killed by French police at the concert hall, according to Reuters.
The motive and source of the attacks were still under investigation, as authorities continued to try and assess the situation on Friday.
“Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented magnitude are in play in Paris. It’s horror,” Hollande said. “We have mobilized all forces possible to neutralize the terrorist.”
“I’ve asked for military reinforcements to make sure that no other attack can happen,” Hollande said.
President Barack Obama spoke about the attacks in a public address on Friday. “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,” he said.
—NBC News contributed reporting to this text.