The city of Paris was stricken by a series of terrorist attacks on Friday night. The latest reports have 129 dead and 352 injured. The terror group ISIS has since claimed responsibility.
Among the targets was the music venue Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing a sold-out concert this evening. Police say terrorists took many of the concert-goers hostage and killed 89.
According to police, three terrorists were involved in the siege, each wearing a suicide belt and carrying an assault rifle. Two of the terrorists blew themselves up once police stormed the venue.
Update – 4:50 p.m. CT: As BrooklynVegan points out, the French band Red Lemons posted an update to Facebook saying they were outside the venue with the members of Eagles of Death Metal when the attack took place. “They’re safe,” Red Lemons’ Facebook page said. “They took a cab.” The mother of EODM drummer Julian Dorio confirmed as much to Washington Post, though she added the whereabouts of several crew members are unknown.
Update – 5:05 p.m. CT: Hostages from the Bataclan told CNN that “terrorists calmly executed hostages, reloaded, executed again in silence.”
Update – 5:50 p.m. CT: Eagles of Death Metal wrote on Facebook, “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
Update – 6:00 p.m. CT: According to Reuters, police stormed the Bataclan, killing two terrorists. The operation is “over.”
Update – 6:15 p.m. CT: According to AFP, “around 100” people were killed inside the Bataclan.
Update – 6:45 p.m. CT: CNN reports that 118 people were killed inside the venue.
Update – 7:30 p.m. CT: Michael Dorio, the brother of EODM drummer Julain Dorio, told CNN that the band was on-stage when the shooting took place. Once the shooting began, the band quickly headed backstage, unharmed, and eventually ended up at a police station.
Update – 9:35 p.m. CT: According to NBC News San Diego, all of the principal band members are safe and accounted for. However, one crew member is feared dead and another injured.
Update – Saturday, 8:25 a.m. CT: Police have revised the casualties count, saying 82 people were killed inside the venue. A total of four attackers were involved in the siege, each wearing a suicide belt and carrying an assault rifle. Three of the terrorists blew themselves up once police stormed the venue.
Update – Saturday, 9:55 a.m. CT: Understandably, Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the remainder of their European tour and will return home, according to AFP. The same will be the case for Deftones, who were scheduled to perform a three-night residency at the Bataclan beginning today.
Update – Saturday, 12:25 p.m. CT: According to a Paris prosecutor, 89 people were killed inside the Bataclan. Three terrorists were involved in that attack, two of who blew themselves up.
Update – Saturday, 5:30 p.m. CT: Several of the victims have been identified. Among them were Eagles of Death Metal crew member Nick Alexander, music journalist Guillaume B. Decherf, and Mercury Records staff member Thomas Ayad.
The Paris football stadium Stade de France was also targeted, with several explosions heard outside the venue. The stadium was hosting a soccer game between French and German national teams, with French President François Hollande in attendance. It’s since been confirmed that the explosions were the result of suicide bombers.
In all, eight terrorists are said to have been involved in seven attacks across Paris on Friday night. President Hollande deemed the events an “act of war” and promised retaliation.
This is a developing story…