PARIS — The police assault on the Bataclan theater is over, Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN early Saturday.
As many as 100 people were killed in the attack at the Paris concert venue, police said Saturday, according to Agence France Presse. Two attackers were killed, a police union said. Officals said the attacks seemed to be planned to hit areas where many people would be gathered on a Friday night.
The death toll in Paris was in the 40s, but Deputy Mayor of Paris Patrick Klugman said authorities expect “a much more higher figure,” “We are facing an unknown and historic situation in Paris,” he said.
French security forces are stormed into the Bataclan theater where hostages are being held.
It was “a bloodbath,” Julien Pearce says.
The radio reporter was at the Bataclan, an oriental-style theater and concert hall in Paris’ 11th district Friday night, listening to American rock band Eagles of Death Metal perform when gunmen stormed the venue.
“People yelled, screamed,” Pearce told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday on “The Situation Room.”
“It lasted for ten minutes. Ten, horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their head,” he said.
The theater has a capacity of 1,500, Cyril Vanier, a reporter with France 24, told CNN.
Pearce saw two people he called terrorists enter the theater, “very calm, very determined” and firing “randomly.”
The city of Paris, France is shut down after numerous terrorist attacks; the country itself has closed all borders after the attacks, which began around 9 p.m.
French President Francois Hollande, in an address to the nation, said he had declared a state of emergency, meaning borders will be closed.
President Francois Hollande called the events “unprecedented terrorist attacks” and added, “This is a horror.” In a tweet, he said, “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.”
The Paris prefecture of police is instructing residents to stay home. The prefecture said via Twitter that people should stay inside “unless there’s an absolute necessity.”