PARIS (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — Scores of people have been killed in shootings and explosions around Paris Friday, including at least 100 people inside a concert hall where attackers seized hostages.
The hostage-taking was one in a series of at least six attacks across the French capital in the deadliest violence to strike France in decades.
Two French police officials said at least three attackers were killed when security forces launched an assault on the concert hall, which had been featuring an American heavy metal band.
One official described “carnage” inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages. There were at least six attacks across Paris.
Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said in all, five attackers may have been killed across the city. He added the death toll in attacks across the city could exceed 120.
The Paris police prefecture told residents to remain home and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, and no clear picture of how many attackers were involved and if any were on the run.
Jihadists on Twitter immediately praised the attack and criticized France’s military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists.
CNN reports a hostage inside the Bataclan concert hall was tweeting for authorities to raid the theater because they