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Massacre in Paris: At Least 150 Dead in Terror Attacks – Including 118 Hostages in Concert Hall

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118 people have been reported dead inside the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris after French security forces stormed the hostage scene

Death toll of at least 150 reported as dozens more killed in other simultaneous attacks at a stadium and in the streets of the French capital

Terrorists blew themselves up with suicide belts as security forces stormed the concert hall

American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was performing and a source tells PEOPLE not all crew members have been accounted for

French President Francois Hollande closed the borders and declared the attacks “a horror”

Two reported suicide bombers detonated outside Stade de France stadium during a match between the French and German national team

Brave Parisians are opening their homes to strangers to take refuge as the entire country goes under state of emergency

A hostage is carried away from the Bataclan concert hall
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At least 150 people have been reported dead in a string of horrific gun and bomb attacks that cut through the heart of Paris on Friday night.

The worst of the violence was seen at the Bataclan concert hall, just 200 yards from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo, where 118 hostages were killed after two terrorists stormed a performance of American rock band Eagles of Death metal, according to multiple reports.

Other terrorist attacks were reported across central Paris. Gunman reportedly sprayed the cafes outside the concert hall with gunfire, killing dozens of bystanders on the streets. Two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside the Stade de France stadium during a soccer match between the French and German national teams, according to the Associated Press.

Officials said five terrorists were “neutralized.” The AP reports that the terrorists inside the Bataclan detonated suicide vests as French security forces closed in.

Gone dark: The Eiffel Tower has gone dark following the attack on the City of Light
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The siege on the French capital comes on the same day that U.S. authorities announced they had killed ISIS terrorist Jihadi John, the British-born militant who beheaded several westerners on video. The attacks also come just 11 months after gunmen killed 17 people across Paris and central France that began with the assault on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

According to The New York Times, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

At the Bataclan, all members of Eagles of Death Metal managed to escape the concert venue before the gunmen took concert goers hostages, a rep tells PEOPLE. However, some crew members have not been accounted for. Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and friend Jesse “The Devil” Hughes founded the band in 1998.

The band posted a photo from the concert venue just before the attacks.

White Miles, the Austrian band that opened for Eagles of Death Metal, is also currently safe, their rep tells PEOPLE. They had left the concert venue before the attacks took place and were have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Eye-witness Julien Pearce said that he watched gunmen armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles calming firing into the crowd, picking hostages off one-by-one, according to AFP

One gunman shouted “allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is great” – as he killed panicked music fans, Pierce said.

“I saw 20 to 25 bodies lying on the floor and people were very badly injured, gunshot wounds,” Pierce told Europe 1 radio. “Some of them were dead. Some of them were very badly wounded, but it was a bloodbath.”

French security forces raided Bataclan early Saturday morning, local time, killing two terrorists. An official told the AP that the scene inside the theater was “carnage.”

A suspect is carried away by Place Republique
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Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN that 118 people are thought to have died in the bloodbath.

French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed all borders in western Europe’s second-most-populous nation.

He also told all 12 million residents of the le-de-France region, which includes Paris, to remain indoors.

“Terrorist attacks of an unprecedented magnitude are in play in Paris. It’s horror,” Hollande said. “We have mobilized all forces possible to neutralize the terrorist.”

Early Saturday, he declared: “For all those who’ve seen these atrocities, rest assured – we want to say that we will bring the fight against terrorism and will be without pity because when terrorists are capable of such atrocities, it will certainly be faced with a determined France, a united France.”

Freed: Two terrorists were killed when French security services raided the Bataclan concert hall, where up to 100 people were being held hostage
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In addition to the attack at the concert hall, dozens more victims were gunned down at cafes and on the streets of Paris.

French prosecutor Francois Molins told reports that 18 people were killed at rue de Charonne, one at Boulevard Voltaire, five at rue la Fontaine au Roi and 14 at rue Alibert in front of cafe Le Carillon.

He also said five terrorists had been “neutralized.”

AFP reports that at least two suicide bombers tried to attack Stade de France, where 80,000 soccer fans were watching a friendly match between France and Germany. Three people were reported dead there.

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The explosions were heard inside the area, causing players on the pitch to stop play and tens of thousands to rush the field. President Francois Hollande was at the match at the time and was whisked away from the scene by security services.

In New York City, the World Trade Center lit up with the colors of the tricolore in solidarity.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the attacks on Friday and referred to France as “our oldest ally.” He said the attack is “not just on Paris, not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”

Victims are are evacuated on the 10th arrondissment in Paris
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Obama added, “Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong.”

He added, “This is a heartbreaking situation and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone thru these kinds of episodes ourselves.”

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Brave Parisians, battered by the second horrifying terrorist attack in less than a year, have responded by opening their doors to strangers. #PorteOuverte, “open door,” is trending on Twitter as hundreds of residents tweet that their homes are available for stranded Parisians are tourists to take shelter during the chaos.

With additional reporting by MARIA MERCEDES LARA, CHRIS HARRIS, PETER MIKELBANK and PHILIP BOUCHER