A French concert venue, the Bataclan, was raided by police in their search for terror suspects after a coordinated attack in Paris today (November 13) left over 100 people dead.
The country is reeling from a shooting rampage, a hostage situation and explosions. The president of the country, Francois Hollande, described it as "unprecedented terrorist attacks" on France.
Police freed hostages earlier at the concert venue before SWAT units stormed Bataclan concert hall and the siege has ended. A Paris police union says two attackers were killed. Dozens more were hurt in apparently coordinated attacks outside the country’s main sports stadium and at least five other popular locations in the city.
One of the explosions at the Stade de France outside Paris appears to be a suicide bombing, with a dismembered body being found at the scene, according to CNN. President Hollande declared a state of emergency in the city, closing the Parisian borders. "We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great," he said.
Eagles of Metal, who were performing at the venue at the time of the siege, issued a statement on the matter.
Update (11/14): The president of France has issued a request for three days of national mourning following the attack, which has killed at least 125 people and left over 200 injured. In a press briefing, President François Hollande blamed ISIS for the killings. The terrorist group has also reportedly claimed responsibility for the display of violence. In the mean time, military troops are expected to patrol the city.
Update (11/16): The owners of Bataclan has released a statement: "No words can express the level of sadness we feel. Our thoughts go to the victims, to those injured and to their loved ones. Many of you want to come to the Bataclan, but unfortunately, the authorities still need to work on site. We will keep you informed as soon as it's possible for you to come and mourn in front of the concert hall. Thank you for your support, which deeply affects us."