120 killed more than 200 injured in Paris attacks

Paris, SANA – Multiple shootings and explosions took place in Paris on Friday night killing at least 120 people and more than 200 injured, 80 of them in serious condition, news agencies reported.

There were also reports of multiple explosions being heard near the Stade de France football stadium, where a game between France and Germany was taking place.

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French President Francois Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning borders will be closed. “We have to show compassion and solidarity and we also have to show unity and keep our cool. France must be strong and great,” he said.

Hollande called the events “unprecedented terrorist attacks” and added, “This is a horror.”

“Faced with terror, this is a nation that knows how to defend itself, how to mobilize its forces and once again, knows how to overcome the terrorists.”, He said.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to Hollande and the people of France.

“Russia strongly condemns this inhumane killing and is ready to provide any and all assistance to investigate these terrorist crimes,” he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with President Hollande to offer condolences and assistance in the investigation, the White House said.

Earlier, Obama said, “This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share.” He called the attacks an “outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.”

Hazem Sabbagh/ Barry

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