What We Know About the Paris Attacks
Here’s what we know so far.
How did this start?
At about 9:45 p.m. local time, reports surfaced of a shooting in a popular area packed with bars and restaurants. Shortly afterwards, explosions were reported outside a stadium where French President François Hollande was watching a soccer game between France and Germany. Meanwhile, shots were reported in the Bataclan concert venue where an American band was playing, and soon it was revealed that multiple attackers had taken hostages inside.
How many attacks were there?
There appear to have been attacks at six sites around the city, but three major attacks have emerged as the most deadly:
At least 100 hostages were taken in the Bataclan concert venue, during a performance by the American band, Eagles of Death Metal (the band was reported to be safe, although it was not clear whether all the crew managed to escape.)
At least 11 people died in shootings in two restaurants, Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon, which are right across the street from each other (it is not immediately clear which victims were in which establishments.)
Three explosions were reported at a bar outside the Stade de France to the north of the city, where thousands were gathered to watch France play Germany, and at least two are reported to be suicide bombings.
Shots were also fired outside La Belle Equipe bar, in the 11th arrondissement. There was another shooting at La Casa Nostra pizzeria, just south of the two restaurants.
What are the casualties?
By early Saturday local time authorities put the death toll at 127, of which about 100 were killed during the hostage situation inside the Bataclan theater. About 200 others were injured in the attacks, authorities said, including 80 in serious condition.
A total of eight attackers were confirmed dead, seven of them through suicide bombings, Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre told the Associated Press early Saturday. However, authorities are reportedly still searching for accomplices that may be at large.