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>> this is "bbc world news america." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by -- the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and hong kong tourism board. >> i'm going to take you on a culinary journey to consume a whole cow. look at all of these beef dishes. i love eating like this. one thing you should not miss in hong kong is sea milk.
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this is great. my gift to you, slow-cooked beef tongue in chocolate basil sauce. cheers. >> and now, "bbc world news america." anchor: paris right now -- we have reports of multiple shootings and at least 100 hostages taken at the theater. i can now hand you over to my colleague martin. anchor: you are watching bbc news. these are the pictures that have come in from paris where this developing situation is still one of considerable confusion. let's recap. dozens of people have reported to been killed in a number of violent attacks across the french capital. gunmen opened fire at a
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restaurant and also the concert hall where there are reports of scores of hostages are being held. explosions were heard near the national stadium where a football match was taking place between france and germany. the shootings at the restaurant happened in paris' 10th district. these are some of the images that have been coming in as we try to make sense of this very confused picture of a number of violent attacks that have happened in the last couple of hours. my colleague tim willcox spoke earlier to ben, who was at the restaurant in paris when it was attacked earlier this evening. >> there was a shooting. we thought there were people in cars that opened fire on the bar. there were a lot of people.
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we are being let out of the building by police right now. there is a lot of dead people. it's pretty horrific. i'm having difficulty to have this conversation. tim: you are safe now, but described, were you sitting in the bar? which restaurant, which bar and was it your understanding this was a drive-by shooting? >> i was at the back of the bar. i could not see anything. i just heard the gunshots and people jumping to the ground. i had to protect her. and, we held up in the bar because there were bodies in front. it was too much for my wife to walk over. we waited inside and just now we
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got let out. tim: how many people do you think have been killed from what you saw? sevenlooked like at least dead people still outside. the amount of people still bar with- it was a loads of people hanging out outside on the street. that is what they do in paris. it was a nice bar. we were lucky to be all the way in the back. tim: how long did this last? was it in a matter of seconds or sustained? >> it felt like it was going on for a while. you kind of assume it is not a terrorist attack, the last thing you think it is. i felt like i needed to get up and see what was going on, but i because i wouldn't be
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able to talk to you if i had. tim: how is your wife? you have not been injured? >> no, we are completely 100% healthy. tim: where are you now? opposite the bar now. on the other side of the road. tim: you can still see what is is --ing, what happening what activity is happening at the bar? >> it is cordoned off. and now there are emergency services at the scene. police going to interview you now or can you go? you sound shocked obviously. we have given details to the police. i have no idea -- tim: how many people were inside
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the bar? >> i don't know -- a lot. a lot of people. it was a busy friday night. tim: where you are now, have the victims been removed by the ambulance services or are they still lying on the street? peoplertunately, the that have been killed are still on the road, industry -- in the street. most of the injured are gone now. tim: are you able to see that from where you are now? >> unfortunately, yeah. exactly howscribe many bodies you can see. >> i would rather not. i'd rather not. like six or seven maybe -- maybe more. anchor: ben speaking to tim willcox a little earlier.
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he was in a restaurant in paris when the attack happened a couple of hours ago. these are the live pictures we are getting. this is just northeast of the very center of paris. this is where one of the shootings happened at a commodious and -- cambodian restaurant. reports are suggested there are around 11 at that site. we are waiting for the police to confirm the figures.. the numbers are rising depending on which industries you read. semi automatic weapons have been said to be have used. this is just one of the scenes were the acts of violence is happening in the french capital this evening. other reports of two explosions north of the heart
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of the capital. this is where france and germany were playing a friendly. the french president, francois hollande, was in attendance. holding talks with the interior minister right now. also some messages of support coming from their counterparts across the world, notably president obama and the british prime minister david cameron. this is giving you a little bit of an idea of where these events have happened. first of all, looking at the very south of that map, the concert hall, that is where he heavy-metal concert was taking place. this is the 11th district. the shootings occurred, multiple gunmen said to have entered the building. a number of people have said to be dead.
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then we have reports of police dealing with a hostage situation where dozens, potentially up to 100 people have been taken hostage. i was reading on social media -- one of the bbc radio stations have been hearing from a french journalist who said people have managed to escape from the concert hall. on the line right now is france 24 journalist who is at a bar nearby. first of all, tell us where you are because we need to work out the geography. the 10th a bar in district of paris where is close to where the shooting happened at the cambodian restaurant. it is about a 15 minute walk. it is 10 p.m. local time. imediately as i entered, heard of the shooting that happened. it was pretty sudden.
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immediately, maybe about a half-hour after, we realize it was not just one isolated incident. there were explosions and gunmen on the loose, driving around in a black vehicle with what we're told from the police and social media. we tried to leave the bar, but then they shut it down. they did not allow us to leave where we are. we have a little over 100 people here. a band was performing. people are worried and want to go outside to make sure people are safe and ok. anchor: backtrack a little bit -- how many attackers do the police believe was involved in
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the attack on the cambodian restaurant? >> if you look at the pictures on social media, it looks like it happened from outside. i don't want to speculate right now because it is too early. if it was a drive-by shooting. there were reports of gunman or more gunmen driving around in a black vehicle shooting at people. i'm not sure -- we don't know if anything is linked to what is the seventh district or 11th district. andre i got on the phone, was -- anchor: we are also hearing that. suggested that some kind of attack has happened much closer to the center of paris.
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basically.circle the 10th and 11th -- they are very close to each other. these are areas that are very crowded on a weekend night. hereain train hub is because you have a lot of long-distance trains which come here. that is the main transport hub. it is a very crowded part of paris late at night. anchor: yes, on a friday you would expect it to be. what are you hearing in terms of the casualty numbers where you are? we are getting a very mixed picture depending on the news agencies we turn to. >> it is a very mixed picture. i tried to use my press card and walked out of the bar. just to find police and get a clear picture, but i was not
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allowed to. it is exactly the same on which agency you are looking at. from what i'm hearing, i have a friend who is covering the hostage situation at the concert hall where a heavy metal band was performing. they say it is close to 100 people are in the concert hall. anchor: we appreciate you talking to us. thank you for the update from where you are. britain, minister of david cameron, has made this statement on social media. "i'm shocked by the events in paris and night. our thoughts and prayers are with the french people. we will do whatever we can to help." messages of support also from barack obama who is due to make a statement on television in the u.s. very shortly. joining us now is a freelance
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cameraman who was only 30 meters from the bar where people were shot. i believe, charlie, you were in the 11th district. >> yes, about 75 meters from the cafe that was hit. near the front of the cafe. it is a typical french cafe -- people sitting outside. i thought it was a firecracker that started off and then it got louder. it went on for about a minute. everybody dies for color -- dived for cover. it went on for a minute and then there was a pause for about 15 seconds and it started up again. it calmed down a bit. i walked back to the front of the cafe and there was a pile of
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bodies, about seven on the left-hand side and about four that were sitting outside on the right-hand side. and a lot of injured. i saw a woman shot in the leg. now, we are about 75 meters away. a lot of fire brigade, police and army patrolling us, keeping everybody away. anchor: we are trying to get a sense of the geography. the different districts in paris circle out, like a spiral from the very center. we were talking to a journalist in the 10th district not far from you where an attack happened on an asian restaurant. you are at this bar in the 11th, but there is also his hostage situation and potentially some casualties at the concert hall which is also in your district. >> it might well be. us tolice sort of told
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get out of the streets, inside and told us to get outside under the streets again. it was quiet for a while and then a host of fiber grade -- fire brigade trucks and police showed up and then the army did. a lot of activity. i don't know if they think somebody is still around, but there is a lot of activity. anchor: how quickly were the emergency services on the scene? i'm sorry, i'm- getting asked to move. the police got here very quickly. who waslping a woman not too badly injured. had a lot of blood on her. hang on. we are being moved off again. i don't know what that means, but we are being moved away. anchor: do you know where they are trying to move you to? we are hearing the french police have asked the public, in the
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paris region generally, to stay indoors. >> we are being told to go inside so i'm going inside the apartment block. we have been moved inside now. the army has moved us inside so i cannot see what is going on but something is going on. they are clearing everybody off the streets. anchor: what are people who were there and saw this happening said to you about the number of people who perhaps are involved in the attacks? we have reports that there are perhaps one person, possibly more involved in the attack in the 10th nearby. they were thought to have been moving around in a black vehicle of some sort. >> i certainly heard somebody said they saw a black vehicle leaving the scene from here. anchor: i'm sorry to interrupt you. president obama is making a speech in washington addressing
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the united states on television. president obama: we stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the government and the people of france need to respond. france's our oldest ally. the french people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the united states time and again. 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 terrorize the people of france or the values they stand for our wrong. -- therican people french people's commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. we are reminded in this time of are notthat the bonds
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only values of the french people, but also values we share. those values will endure far beyond any act of terrorism or hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes. we want to do whatever it takes to work with the french people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people. we don't yet know all the details of what has happened. we have been in contact with french officials to communicate our deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, to offer our prayers and thoughts to those who have been wounded. we have offered our support to them. the situation is still unfolding. i've chosen not to call
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president hollande at this time because my expectation is he is very busy at the moment. i actually by coincidence was talking to him earlier today in preparation for the g 20 meeting. i'm confident that i will be in direct communications with him in the next few days and we will be coordinating in any way they think is helpful in the investigation of what is happening. this is a heartbreaking situation. obviously, those of us here in the united states know what it is like. we have gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves. whenever these kind of events happen, we have always been able to count on the french people to stand with us. they have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner. we intend to be there with them in that same fashion. aheadre that in the days
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we will learn more about exactly what happened and my teams will make sure we are in communication with the press to provide you accurate information. i don't want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this. it appears there still may be dangers takingnd place as we speak. frenche know from officials that the situation is under control and we have nor information, i don't want to speculate. thank you very much. anchor: president obama speaking to the american people on television. we have heard some reports earlier from the american authorities suggesting their belief was these multiple acts of violence we have seen take place in paris were in some way coordinated. we have not heard that from the french authorities yet, but there are also unconfirmed reports on social media that
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there may have been further shootings and other parts of the city. heard president obama saying he in the united states stand together with paris. this was not just an attack on france, it is an attack on all humanity. he talked about the shared values that the united states have with france and offered his condolences to those who have been bereaved or injured in these attacks. so, let's remind you, you are watching live pictures from the center of paris. you can see there are police, emergency services on the scene. multiple places around the city. the 10th and 11th which is northeast of the city center. places where some of these attacks happened. we have reports that has been
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explosions going off near the nationalfrance -- the stadium where france and germany were playing a friendly. a very confused picture at the moment. we are waiting to get details from the police as to how many have died. the current death toll is 40. that is the number of different attacks. there were also reports of hostages being held at the concert theater. with me now watching the story is our correspondent ben. let's work our way through this. when did these attacks begin? ben: it started sometime after 9:00. it felt like it was in central paris. the municipal authorities are telling parisians to stay indoors. people on the streets are either being moved indoors or some people are tweeting they are
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trapped in bars and being told by the police that they cannot leave. in terms of what has happened, it is a confusing and fluid situation. there have been attacks on restaurants in the 11th and 10th, and related attack of some stadiumr the national where france was playing against germany. beyond that, there are reports of an attack of a large shopping mall in the center of paris, possibly gunfire at the louvre. they are very concerned about the attacks. french authorities are urgently investigating whether any british nationals are helping them. the foreign secretary says he is shocked by the attacks. his thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. they are concerned about the hostagetaking at the concert hall. we understand close to 100 people are being held hostage. anchor: as you say, a number of
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foreign countries now expressing condolences. had a message of support from president obama and david cameron. >> that is right. mr. cameron saying his thoughts and prayers are with the french people. that is also echoed by jeremy corbyn. president obama's message was one of solidarity. he mentioned the values of liberty, values the american people share. he said he would be offering condolences to the families of victims. the united states of america would stand for iwith france. anchor: we were talking about those statements from those state leaders around the world. the european commission president said he is deeply
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shocked by the attacks in paris that have left at least 35 people dead. some suggestions that the death toll is actually higher, 40 or higher than that. we have yet to get an updated figure from police. we stand in full solidarity with -- ♪ >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by -- the freeman foundation. newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good. kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and hong kong tourism board. >> i'm going to take you on a culinary journey to consume a whole cow. look at all of these beef dishes. i love eating like this.
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one thing you should not miss in hong kong is sea milk. this is great. my gift to you, slow-cooked beef tongue in chocolate basil sauce. cheers. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet, los angeles.
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