France declared a state of emergency and secured its borders Friday night after a militant attack that rocked Paris, the famous tourist destination, on late Friday night.
Over 150 people are reported killed in series of blasts and shootings at six locations- in Bataclan concert hall in Paris and other locations in and around Paris that generated scenes of horror and carnage. Eight terrorist, including seven suicide bombers were reportedly killed in the incident.
At sites across Paris — a soccer stadium, restaurants, a concert hall — the attackers carried out suicide bombings, hurled grenades and shot hostages dead. Late into the night and early Saturday morning, heavily armed security forces were seen on the streets of Paris while panicked residents and tourists preferred to stay indoors.
President Francois Hollande, who was national soccer stadium to watch a soccer match between France and world champion Germany was evacuated by security personnel after the blast took place outside same stadium.
He described it as an unprecedented terrorist attack and declared a state of emergency in the Paris region and announced the closure of France’s borders.
“This is a horror,” the visibly shaken president said in a midnight television address to the nation. All the people have been advised to remain in the houses.
The Indian embassy officials issued statements that as per reports as of now, all Indians in Paris were safe.
World leaders condemn attack- offer help
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives in the attack in Paris. “News from Paris is anguishing and dreadful. Prayers with families of the deceased. We are united with people of France in this tragic hour”, Modi said.
President Barack Obama delivered a statement reacting to the terrorist attacks in Paris calling it “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians” and “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks” in Paris. “The Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to justice,” the 15-member council said in a statement.
British PM David Cameron said: “I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. The Prime Minister said, the UK will do “whatever we can to help” following the attacks.