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multiple deadlyhootings and explosions. among them, near the country's main sports stadium. the president of france raced to sasaty. and a siege under way, with many hostages inside. and word the attacks included at least one paris restaurant. dozens believed dead. our entire team is on this, a special edition of "world news tonight" begins now. good evening. we begeg tonight w wh the horror unfolding in paris as we come on the air. that city under attack. dozens believed dead. and sources telling the associated press these were in fact suicide attacks. and one of them outside the main sports stadium in paris.
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 all under siege. sirens throughout the city. a deadly shooting in a restaurant, 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 imimnently. and then, the shootings at that 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 sayinghey heard the gunmen screaming, allahu akbar. the siege still unfolding. earlier this evening, huge explosions heard at the giant stad defrance. and the french president led to safety. massive confusion outside. across town, gunmen reportedly with aomatic weapons opening
fire inside a restaurant. >> we were sitting an the window window. and numerous 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. >> reportet: 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 officeof "charlie hebdo." that also part of a coordinated attack.
deadly siege inside a jewish supermarket. >> and i want to take you to the images from outside the concert hall a theater. >> there seem to be at least 100 hostages hostages. a couple dozen came out earlier. that's something that police officials would be watching carefully. they want to talk to tse peopop. and w wre 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" attacks, and the grocery store,
>> i'm sure they wish they had more time to ask where the there were. but if death is imminent, t ty will move in. >> and let's bring in louiue dewast. and at least 100, perhaps even more hostages. what else are you hearing? >> repororr: i'm about five blocks away from the theater. a few minutes ago, we heard about a dozen loud bangs, which could be gunshots. police and security forces everywhere, including soldiers, and they could be starting gotiations with the gunmen inside the theater. so, right now, the s sne 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 january, tonight, police were very quick in setting up security borders alll 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 plple. and the s se situation occurred over there. so, france has really, really taken this event tonight very, very seriously, and there's a lotf security f fces tonight all over paris.
>> louise, thank you. we want to bring in brian ross. we heard louise say, she heard 12 bangs, but as martha reported, they have to be very careful. >> absosotely, they could be stun grenades, to cause the hostage takers to be 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 troubling. it suggests al qaeda, isis, or a
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 ath 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 broadcast partners overseas. covering the coordinated attacks as they unfold. and right now, the most urgency, at the concert hall, whexe it's believed perhaps well more than 100 people are being held. and a series of blasts had been
and president obama saying we stand with the people of @ france. here's president obama a short time ago. >> this isis an attack not just on paris or the people of france. this is an attack on all of humani and the values we share. we stand 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 t t fight against terrorism and extremism. paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. those who think they can terrorize the people of france or their values are wrong. >> president obama at the white
house a short time ago. i want to bring in jonathan karl. 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 travav to paris, but this has to rattle leaders both in america and overseas tonight. >> striking how sombebe the esident was. 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 has been progress in iraq against isis. but the president was quite clear, he d dn't want to speculate who was behind the attacks. but this shows the terror threat
is not confined to syria and 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 itself. word that the associated press has confirmed at least a couple of these attacks were 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 ofomegrown terror in european capitals and in the states.
on a nine-day trip tomorrow, the first step is turkey, meeting with the "g"-20, how to contain the threat of isis. >> thank you, jon. and meanwhile, the a.p. reporting police hav in fact stormed the concert theatat where we believe a a 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 had been tightened already, and you had talked with french authorities about their hope to keep that conference safe. anddow 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 threat has been identified. but police in major cities like new york are likely to step up security. and coming as officials announced the targeting and killing of jahadi john. whilee don't know yet who was 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 their shoulder a a dadalong, saying, kill, kill, kill. >> reporter: and in the last two years, more than 70 americans have been arrested trying to in isis in syria, and planning attacks at home. and just ts week, an arrest. u.s. o oicials tonight are on edge, concerned that what's happening in france may not be isolated. >> thanks. and i want to bring in ririard clark. with brad garrett also there. and richard, when you hear, perhaps authorities have stormed
makeke of the situatioio >> it's just the largest, most sophisticated terrorist attack in years. one of the largest ever outside of the mididdle 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 suicide attacks. and you have said this is the fear on the home front. >> because it's very difficult to anybody toefend against these attacks. the only way you can stop these attacks is to get the attackers
>> dick clark, former counterterrorism czar. anan brad, these have all the telltale signs of a coordinated attack. >> and you're talking about walking into a theater, a restaurant, a bar, and opening fire, maybe have suicide vests. so, granted, somebody had to get together and organize this, but you could do it quickly. but the keke 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 after the game is nice too.
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welcome back to this special edition of "world news tonight." paris officialsls now confirming that security officials have launched an attack on that 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 reported hearing some of the blasts in that area. >> reporter: a few minutes ago, we heard some loud ngs, which could be gunshots.
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 sealed. almost immediately, and as we continue to look at the pictures, brian, you see 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 id 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 excruciating, whether or not to go in. >> i'm sure they wish they had more time, to try to figure out whatxactly 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 ouble. >> a terrifying thought. martha, thanks to you. and to brian, on the set with me. in a moment, we'll have more,
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you can see the horror on president hollande's face. and tweeting to the french people, this nation knows how to defend itself, we will defeat the teteorists. and the pictures of the stunned fans on this field. and pierre, it's been reported that sporting venues in americaca under h hghtened 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 canano the french authorities. and a few months ago, i was part of a seminar where they talked about, they believe the terrorists are going to kill
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the university of iowa is taking a proactive approach to some hot button issues like race, sexuality and religion on campus. the faculty senate held an "inclusiveeeach-in" today with students, other faculty, and alumni to talk about campus experience. this comes after the president of the university of missouri system resigned nday after studenen protests over the school's handling of racial issues on campus. the university of iowa had scheduled today's event before the unrest in missouri, but faculty members say a lot of students in iowa city share the same concerns. more than 100 black students and administrator s at the university showed their solidarity with the missouri situation on wednesddy. they say racism is still a problem on the iowa campus. earlier this week, we reported the university has disproportionate retention and graduation rates among black students. kcrg t-v nine's iowa city bureau chhf mark carlson