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Paris attack: At least 153 die in shootings, explosions

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Unprecedented Terrorist Attacks hit France, as its capital city reeled from a shooting rampage, explosions and mass hostage. France has declared a national state of emergency and has tightened borders after at least 153 people were killed, till the last details are out.

Paris witnessed a series of mass shootings and explosions from the dusk of 13 November 2015 until the early hours of 14 November 2015. Beginning at 21:16 CET, three separate explosions and six mass shootings occurred within Paris, including bombings near the Stade de France in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis. The deadliest attack was at the Bataclan theatre, where attackers took hostages and engaged in a stand-off with police until it was ended at 00:58 CET.

At least 153 people are reported to have died, with several deaths occurring at the Bataclan theatre. More than 200 people were injured during the attacks, including 80 people who were listed as being in serious condition. 

"The terrorists, the assassins, sprayed the outsides of several cafes with machine guns and went inside," Cadot, the police chief, said. “So there were victims in terrible and atrocious states in numerous places." Eight attackers were killed and authorities searched for further accomplices that remained at large.  Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it was unclear if any terror associates were still on the rampage after the string of near-simultaneous attacks.

As a result of the attacks, French President François Hollande announced a state of emergency and, subsequently, placed temporary controls on the borders of France in a televised statement, later in the day. It was the first nation-wide state of emergency since the end of the Second World War. 

France had been on high alert since the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks in Paris. Then Paris saw three days of attacks, when Islamist gunmen murdered 18 people after attacking satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a Jewish supermarket and a policewoman on patrol. The decree enables the authorities to close public places and impose curfews and restrictions on the movement of traffic and people. The attack was the deadliest act of terrorism in the recent history. 

Speaking after arriving at the concert hall, President Hollande said the attackers would be fought "without mercy".

US President Barack Obama spoke of "an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians".

UK PM David Cameron said he was shocked and pledged to do "whatever we can to help".

Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo announced that all public places would be shut till further announcement.

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