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and you could hear it. the explosion there, leaving the thousands of spectators and the french president stunned. and people hugging in disbelief. meanwhile, several deadly scenes across the city. a concert a a under sisie. sirens throughout the city.. deadly shooting in a restaunt, and tonight, this image. a member of one of the s.w.a.t. teams helping a woman. the terror on her face. and here's the map at this hour, first, the stadium, then the concert hall where authorities are preparing to take action
and then, the shootings at that restaurant restaurant. french borders have been closed. here's martha raddatz. >> reporter: across paris, scenes of terror. police surrounding this theater in the french capital, reports of at least 100 hostages held inside. and witnesses saying they heard the gunmen screaming, allahu akbar. the siege still unfolding. earlier this evening, huge explosions heard at the giant stad defrance. andhe french president led to safety.. massive confusion outside.e. across wn, gunmen reportedly
with automatic weapons opening fire inside a restaurant. >> we were sitting an the window window. and numerou gunshots, we immediately dropped to the floor with all the other diners. i noticed the woman next to me had a fatal injury. i think perhaps it was towards her chest. and there was another, a couple other fatal injuries i witnessed. >> reporter: in the aftermath, chaos outside and sheets covering bodies. and at least 50 people dead. police say the attacks appear coordinated. they come less than a year after two terrorists opened fire inside the office of "charlie hebdo."
another attacker mounting a deadly siege inside a jewish supermarket. >> and i want to take you to the images from outside the concert hall and theater. hostages hostages. a couple dozen came out earlier. officials would be watching carefully. they want to talk to those % people. and we're getting reports there is automatic gunfire outside. the french police may be moving in. they would do that if they thought they had no other choice, if the hostages were in imminent danger. >> and with the "charlie hebdo"
whether or not to goin. >> i'm sure they wish they had more time to ask where the gunmen were, how many wpons there were. but if death is imminent, they will move in. >> and let's bring in louise dewast. and at least 100, perhaps even more hostages. what else are you hearing? >> reporter: i'm about five blocks away from the theater. a few minutes o, we heard out a dozen loud bangs, which could be gunshots. police and security forces everywhere, including soldiers, and they could be starting negotiations with the gunmen inside the theater.
so, right now, the scene is, lots of security. and an ongoing situation. >> we know the french president, hollande, urging calm, telling the french to stay inside tonight, to stay home. that this was unprecedented, and taking the extreme measure of closing the borders in france tonight? >> unlike during the "charlie hebdo" attack in janunuy, tonight, police wereery quick in setting u u security borders all around the neighborhoods so people can't actually walk towards the theater. and early on, i was near the restaurant where the other shooting took place. and the same situation occurred over there. so, france has really, really taken this event tonight very, very seriously, and there's a
all over paris. >> louise, thank you. we want to bring in brian ross. we heard louise say, sheeard 12 bangs,s, but as martha careful. >> absolutely, they could be stun grenades, to cause the off-balance. but we don't know. >> what do we know about what the u.s. knows? >> they don't have a very good grasp at all. but this was clearly well-planned, a sophisticated operation, planned weeks or months in advance, to have so many act in a coordinated way is very troublinin
major terror group that can create this. >> and do you remember a number of hostages inside a theater being held, and a concert with an american band? >> they're called the eagles of death metal. in situations like this before, with huge numbers of hostages, it rarely ends very well if it goes a long period of time. >> and we don't know if the band was performing, but they were on the schedule. and you're looking at our broadcastartners overseas. covering the coordinated attacks as they unfold. and right now, the most urgency, at the concert hall, where it's believed perhaps well more than 100 people are being held.
and a series of blasts had been heard outside. and president obama saying we stand with the people of france. here's president obama a short time ago. >> this is an attack not just on paris or the people of france. this is an attack on all of humanity and the values we share. wewestand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the people of france need to respond. france is our oldest ally. and we want to be very clear, we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism. paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. those who think they can
or their values are wrong. >> president obama at the white house a short timimagag i want toring in jonathan karlrl i was struck by the words, we stand together with paris, with france. we heard those words in january after the "charlie hebdo" attacks. and the president was slated to travel to paris, but this has to rattle leaders both in america and overseas tonight. >> striking how somber the president s. this is a major setback in the fight against terrorism. and comes just as the president was talking about progress in the fight against isis, the drone strike overnight that took out jihadi john. there h h been progress in iraq against isis. but the president was quite clear, he didn't want to speculate who was behind the attacks.
iraq. look what has happened in the past two weeks. the russian airliner, taken down, the attack in beirut just yesterday. isis claiming responsibility. and now, this in paris. >> isand as we watch these pictures and the unfolding situation in the theater self. word thatt the a aociated press has confirmeddt least a couple of these attacks weree suicide bombers. we heard this was the worst fear for the white house, at least in this country, on the next step of terror. >> it would be exported from iraq and syria. the fear of homegrown terror in
and -- he's scheduled to leave on a nine-day trip tomorrow, the first step is turkey, meeting with the"g"-20, how to contain the teat of isis. >> thank you, jon. and meanwhile, the a.p. reporting police have in fact stormed the concert theater where we believe at least 100 people are being held inside. no word on their condition or what they found after entering. and i want to bring in pierre thomas. i want to go back to the image. the french president, with his hand up to his mouth in disbelief. security hadadeen tightened already, and you had talked with french authorities about their
and now they're dealing with this. >> reporter: yes, and i talked to a senior official, and they were looking at dozens upon dozens of radicals in that country. and now, this horrible situation unfolding, exactly what they were concerned about. u.s. homeland security and law enforcement officials looking for any hint of threats directed at the united states. so far, no specific threatt has been identified. but policece in major cities like new york are likely to step up security. and coming as officials announced the targeting and killing of jihadi john.
behind the attacks in france, what happened there is precisely what u.s. officials have been concerned about. attacks on so-called soft targets, restaurants, malls, and members of the military. >> so, there is a device, almost a devil on thehe shoulder all kill. >> reporter: and in the last two years, more than 70 americans have been arrested trying to join isis in sya, and planning attacks at home. and just this week, an arrest. u.s. officials tonight are on edge, concerned that what's happening in france may not be isolated. >> thanks. and i want to bring in richard clark. with brad garrett also there. and richard, when you hear,
pepeaps authorities have stormrm that theater now, what do you ma of the situation? >> it's just the largest, most sophisticated terrorist attack in years. one of the largest ever outside of the middle east. it is most likely lily part of a pattern of them striking back outside of the middle east that we've been anticipating. strange that it happened first in france, but it probably won't end in france. >> and it's been confirmed by the a.p. that police authorities saying these attacks were in fact suicideattacks. and you have said this is the fear on the home front. >> because it's very difficult to anybody to defend against these attacks. the only way you can stop these attacks is to get the attackers
>> dick clark, former counterterrorism czar. and brad, these have all the attack. >> and you're talking about wawaing into a theater, a restaurant, a bar, a a opening fire, maybe have suicide vests. so, granted, somebody had to get together and organize this, but you could do it quickly. but the key, they had all the equipment, and were zoned to go in and do something, and for whatever reason, they launched today. >> our entire team monitoring the breaking developments. in a moment, we'll have much more as this special edition of "world news tonight" continues.is great... ...but i think women would agree... ...huddling with their man
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welcomeack to this speci edition of "world news tonight." paris officials now confirming that security officials have concert hall. we've learned that at least 100 hostages were being held inside the theater. and the real fear is that the number could be much higher. dozens of agencies are involved in the effort. and louise dewase, you reportete hearing some of the blasts in that area. >> reporter: a few minutes ago, we heard some loud bangs, which
police forces and soldiers and elite forces all over the neighborhood, which is closed down. i'm about five blocks away, and the situation is ongoing. >> you're about five blocks away. so, they've cordoned off the area. we also know, french president hollande telling the french people to stay inside. the borders have been sealaled. almost immemeately, and as we continue too look at the pictures, brian, youee what's unfolding. >> this is what they'd call a dynamic entry. time is up. they don't believe they have any more time. and they're going to storm it and try to save anyone they can. >> and who is claiming responsibility, the questions, were these attacks coordinated
in the city? >> clearly planned well in advance. but no indications whether it was al qaida, isis or someone else. >> and martha, you said at the top of the broadcast, the decision is excrcriating, whether r not to go. >> i'm surur they wish they had more time, to t to figure out what exactly is going on, put microcameras in there, try to see the hostage takers, where the hostages are located to save some. but the french police are moving in, they clearly think somehow death is imminent and the hostages are in real trouble. >> a terrifying thought. martha, thanks to you. and to brian, on the set with me.
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they could still hear the explosion. you can see the horror on president hollande's face. and tweeting to the french people, this nation knows how to defendnditself, we will defeat the terrorists. and the picturere of the stunned fans on this field. and pierre, it's been reported that sporting venues in america under heightened security, and also that major climate conference coming to paris in a couple of weeks. >> we're hearing about a soccer match in st. louis where they're stepping up security out of an abundance of caution. and the fbi are offering any assistance they can to the french authities. and d few months ago, i was part of a seminar where they talked
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thank you for joining us tonight im jenna rehnstrom tim and im tim seaman. news out of paris, france this afternoon, where according to paris police there were three separate coordinated attacks where shooters used automatic weapons jenna: there were also two reports of explosions at the stade de france, where a soccer game was being held between the french and german national teams. . tim: the stadium was placed under lock down, president francois hollande (ohl-awn) was at the stadium, watching france playing world
champions germany in a friendly soccer match. he safely evacuated the building to go to the interior ministry. so far 60 people have been reported to have been killed as a result of the three attacks. jenna: a current hostage situation is also unfolding at the bataclan concert hall in central paris. after several shots were fired, french news channel bfm tv reported there is said to be at least a hundred hostages at that concert hall the french president has declared a state of emergency and has closed the borders of france, urging his people to have confidence in france's security forces stay tuned to abc9 news for the latest developments in this story. jenna: president obama spoke shortly after the attacks. he showed his support for the vicitim of the attack on france... is an attack on humanity. "france is our oldest ally. the stood shoulder to united states time and again. and we want to be very