Tuesday 26 September 2017

Paris terror attacks: 158 people feared dead

* At least 158 people dead - AFP
* 118 killed at Bataclan concert hall
* Five attackers killed
* Attacks at seven locations in Paris
* State of Emergency declared
* France's borders closed
* Any Irish people who wish to register concern with the Department of Foreign Affairs can call 01 408 2000
* Taoiseach: "My thoughts and those of all the Irish people are with the French people this evening"
* Irish people in Paris give their first-hand accounts
* Watch: Explosion audible during match

A man lies on the ground as French police check his identity near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. The man was later released after his identity was verified. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
A man lies on the ground as French police check his identity near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. The man was later released after his identity was verified. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Investigators work outside a bar near the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match near Paris, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Gonazlo Fuentes
A rescue worker walks plast a victim in the 10th district of Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. At least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Police stand outside the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match near Paris, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Police officers take position outside the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. At least 35 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular theater where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said Friday. Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spectators invade the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris. At least 35 people were killed in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular theater where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said Friday. Two explosions were heard outside the Stade de France stadium. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Rescue workers evacuate a woman near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGETDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Policemen patrol the streets during gunfire near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Gunfire and explosions in multiple locations erupted in the French capital with early casualty reports indicating at least 60 dead. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
Rescue workers evacuate an injured person near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGETDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack, a restaurant outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, early on November 14, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack, a restaurant outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, early on November 14, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Police inspect the site of an attack outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, early on November 14, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Spectators are distressed after news of the bombing and terrorist attacks in Paris reaches the fans after the International Friendly match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS A person watches TV in Rennes as French president Francois Hollande adresses the nation on November 13, 2015 after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and closed borders . AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYERDAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS A handout picture taken and released on November 13, 2015 by the Presidence of the Republique shows (from L) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and French President Francois Hollande attending an emergency meeting at the Interior Minister on November 13, 2015, after several attacks in Paris. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris on Friday, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE / CHRISTELLE ALIX RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PRESIDENCE DE LA REPUBLIQUE / CHRISTELLE ALIX " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSCHRISTELLE ALIX/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Policemen patrol the streets during gunfire near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Gunfire and explosions in multiple locations erupted in the French capital with early casualty reports indicating at least 60 dead. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
Journalists take cover near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGETDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Police forces stand guard outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, late on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers stand in a restaurant following an attack in central Paris, on November 13, 2015. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGETDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images
Police forces stand guard outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, early on November 14, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Policemen patrol the streets during gunfire near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Gunfire and explosions in multiple locations erupted in the French capital with early casualty reports indicating at least 60 dead. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, late on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Policemen patrol the streets during gunfire near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Gunfire and explosions in multiple locations erupted in the French capital with early casualty reports indicating at least 60 dead. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
Investigators work outside a bar near the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match near Paris, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Gonazlo Fuentes
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack, a restaurant outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, late on November 13, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Policemen patrol the streets during gunfire near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Gunfire and explosions in multiple locations erupted in the French capital with early casualty reports indicating at least 60 dead. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 13: Policemen patrol the streets during gunfire near the Bataclan concert hall on November 13, 2015 in Paris, France. Gunfire and explosions in multiple locations erupted in the French capital with early casualty reports indicating at least 60 dead. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack, a restaurant outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, early on November 14, 2015, after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. A number of people were killed and others injured in a series of gun attacks across Paris, as well as explosions outside the national stadium where France was hosting Germany. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURYAn injured man holds his head as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at a concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Rescuers workers evacuate a man on a stretcher near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers workers evacuate a woman near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police officers of the armed response unit man a position close to the Bataclan theatre after a series of gun and bomb attacks occurred across Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police officers of the armed response unit man a position close to the Bataclan theatre after a series of gun and bomb attacks occurred across Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photo: Reuters
French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photo: Reuters
People take cover and photos near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack outside the Stade de France stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Forensic experts inspect the site of an attack outside the Stade de France stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A riot police officer stands by an ambulance near the Bataclan concert hall in central ParisPhoto: AFP/Getty Images
A riot police officer stands by an ambulance near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police secure the area close Jules Ferry Square in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Emergency services attend the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant. Photo: AP
Victims lay on the pavement in a Paris restaurant. Photo: AP
Rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris. Photo: Reuters
An injured man holds his head as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Fans on the pitch at the Stade de France after news of explosion's in Paris broke. Photo: PA
Police stand outside the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match. Photo: Reuters
French president Francois Hollande addresses the nation after the attacks occurred across Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers workers evacuate victims near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers workers evacuate a man on a stretcher near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Rescuers and police gather outside the Stade de France stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police control crowds leaving the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated. Photo: Reuters
Rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers at the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant. Photo: AP
Rescue service personnel work near a covered body outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Rescuers workers evacuate a woman near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police secure the area close Jules Ferry Square in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police secure the area close Jules Ferry Square in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police secure the area close Jules Ferry Square in central Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Fans pitchside at the Stade de France after news of explosion's in Paris broke. Photo: PA
Distressed looking French fans by the pitch after the end of the match at the Stade de France. Photo: PA Wire
A woman is evacuated as rescuers ferry an injured person into an ambulance in10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A general view of the scene. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
Spectators wait on the pitch of the Stade de France stadium following the friendly football match between France and Germany after a series of gun attacks occurred across Paris as well as explosions outside the stadium. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Victims lay on the pavement in a Paris restaurant. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Police stand outside the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match. Photo: Reuters
Police officers take position outside the Stade de France stadium. Photo: AP
A rescue worker walks plast a victim in the 10th district of Paris. Photo: AP
US President Barack Obama speaks to the press in Washington after being informed about the deadly attacks that rocked Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A shootout occurred in a Paris restaurant and an explosion in a bar near a Paris stadium. It was unclear if the events were linked. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Rescue workers and medics work by victims in a Paris restaurant. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Rescue services personnel working at the scene. Photo: Reuters/ Philippe Wojazer
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A general view of the scene shows rescue service personnel working near the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A general view of the scene that shows rescue services personnel working near the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
A general view of the scene shows covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France=. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
A general view of the scene that shows the covered bodies outside a restaurant following a shooting incident in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
A photo of the scene. Photo: Tommy Pouilly ‏@5h55
Emergency workers at the scene. Photo: Tommy Pouilly/ ‏@5h55
Photo: Periscope/ @StephHannache
Victims lay on the pavement in a Paris restaurant. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Police stand outside the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match. Photo: Reuters
Crowds leave the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly match. Photo: Reuters
Police are seen outside a cafe in 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Two men evacuate the Place de la Republique square in Paris as a police officer looks on, after several shootings. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A man lies on the ground as French police check his identity near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris. Photo: Reuters
Investigators work outside a bar near the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match. Photo: Reuters
Investigators work outside a bar near the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs German friendly soccer match. Photo: Reuters
Police are seen outside a cafe-restaurant in 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
People are evacuated following an attack at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police are seen outside a restaurant in 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police officers and rescue workers are seen at the Petit Cambodge restaurant in Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police officers and rescue workers are seen at the Petit Cambodge restaurant after a shooting in Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Police secure the area following an attack in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Agencies and Independent.ie Newsdesk

At least 158 people are feared dead following a number of suspected terrorist attacks in Paris tonight.

Some 118 people were killed at the Bataclan concert hall, where three suspected jihadists had taken concert goers hostage.

Police stormed the venue and the three suspected jihadists were also killed.

Some five attackers in total have been killed tonight.

The wounded from the Bataclan concert hall are being taken to makeshift medical centre set up in nearby cafè. It is understood 125 hostages were freed.

A witness has told how one of the attackers at the Paris concert hall shouted 'Allahu akbar', and fired into the crowd.



The French capital came under siege for the second time this year as authorities grappled with attacks aimed at killing and maiming innocent civilians.

Attacks this evening took place at seven locations throughout the city.

The first incident is believed to have occurred in a Cambodian restaurant, Cambodge, in the 10th Arrondissement of the city shortly before 9pm Irish time, an area packed with many bars and restaurants.

A gunman reportedly took aim at diners inside and outside the restaurant.

Meanwhile, three people have been killed at Stade de France, police have said, according to French news agency AFP.

Three explosions are reported to have been heard near Stade de France, about five or six miles from the city centre, where France were playing Germany in an international soccer friendly.

Police confirmed there had been shootings and explosions at the stadium.

Europe 1 radio reported another shooting, at central Les Halles shopping mall.

French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
An injured man holds his head as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at a concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. At least 30 people were killed in attacks in Paris and a hostage situation was under way at the concert hall in the French capital, French media reported on Friday. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French special forces evacuate people, including an injured man holding his head, as people gather near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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The multiple attacks in Paris have left 158 people dead, according to reports.

French President Francois Hollande had been at the Stade de France and was taken out of the area.

Police helicopters circled the stadium north of Paris as Hollande rushed back to the interior ministry to deal with the situation.

Mr Hollande said he will declare a state of emergency and he has closed the borders. He said the French army are being deployed around Paris after the unprecedented attacks.

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Ireland's department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Irish embassy in Paris and the department in Dublin are actively monitoring the unfolding situation in Paris. Those who wish to register concern can do so at 01 408 2000.

U.S. security officials believe the series of attacks that shook Paris on Friday night were likely coordinated based on initial reports, a person familiar with developing intelligence assessments said.

Parisians are opening their doors to people on the street needing shelter during tonight's attacks on Paris.

Those on the streets who tweet using a hashtag PorteOuverte, which translates as 'open door', to signal they need shelter, get a response from those offering shelter with their location.

Meanwhile, one witness said he heard gunshots as he was walking on a street in the 10th district of Paris close to Place de La Rqpublique. When he arrived outside a restaurant he saw bodies on the ground

"I saw three bodies being put into body bags," said Fabien Baron, a student.

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Pictures posted online showed cracked windows of what appears to be a restaurant.

Opposite, the road opens up into a junction, where around 30 or 40 people were standing outside their cars and on the road. Police cars were seen behind them, while the road appeared to be closed.

Police officials confirmed the two incidents to the Associated Press.

Eyewitness Ben Grant said he was in a bar with his wife when the gunshots were fired and he had seen six or seven bodies on the ground.

He told the BBC: "I was told people in cars had opened fire on the bar.

"There are lots of dead people. It's pretty horrific to be honest.

"I was at the back of the bar. I couldn't see anything.

"I heard gunshots. People dropped to the ground. We put a table over our heads to protect us.

"We were held up in the bar because there was a pile of bodies in front of us."

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his shock at the events unfolding in France.

"Once again we are witnessing carnage on the streets of Paris. Again the capital is suffering at the hands of those who seek only to wreak havoc and destruction on civil society.

"My thoughts and those of all the Irish people are with the French people this evening.  As ever we stand as one with them and will never bend to the evil of terrorism."

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help."

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan described the attacks as “an appalling act of terrorism” and pledged to support any Irish affected.

He told the Irish Independent this evening the Department to Foreign Affairs had not been made aware of any Irish injured in the explosions or shootouts.

He said consular support would be provided to Irish citizens in Paris as well as offering supports to those in Ireland friends and family members in the French capital.

“This is an appalling act of terrorism and my thoughts are with the people of Paris and those involved. We have an emergency contact number set up for the Irish Embassy in Paris which is available and Irish people in Paris can use that to get in contact. The number is 00331 44176700,” he said.

”Our consular section in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin is also open and anybody in Ireland concerned about family and friends wishing to make contact with us can do so on 01 4082000.

“There are thousand of people in Paris and many would, be out and about on Friday night of course. Many Parisians and other would have been enjoying themselves and this is just a shocking act to be perpetrated in this manner. We will do everything we can do help.”

Meanwhile, an Imam of an Irish Islamic Centre has condemned the attacks.

Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre in Blanchardstown, and Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council condemed the attacks in Paris.

Shaykh Al-Qadri said: "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris and every other place on earth plagued by sick men with weapons and bombs. Terrorists have no religion whatsoever. Their religion is intolerance hatred for Peace. The news from Paris is very frightening.  May God be with us all against all types of extremism and terrorism."

The attacks in Paris come in a year which has seen France gripped by the threat of terrorism.

The developments brought back memories of January, when one of the world's great cities was brought to a standstill by Islamist extremists.

On that occasion the French capital was rocked first by the Charlie Hebdo atrocity, when 12 people were killed after gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical magazine.

The sense of panic heightened when there was a subsequent attack on a Kosher supermarket, and the incidents triggered worldwide outrage.

Since then there have been a number of more minor strikes or attempts. In one, three Americans and a Briton overpowered a heavily armed gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

The horrific scenes in the city on Friday night represent an escalation compared to the previous incidents.

It is believed that the reported death toll means it is the deadliest atrocity on French soil in recent times. In 1961 a train bombing killed 28 people.

Other bloody attacks in Europe have included the 7/7 attacks in London, in which 52 people were killed, in 2005.

The year before a series of explosions in Madrid killed 191 people.

The reports of mass casualty shootings is likely to increase the sense of alert in other cities, including London.

Security services and senior police in the UK have repeatedly highlighted the risk of a Mumbai-style roaming gun massacre.

Earlier this year police carried out a simulated terror attack in the capital to test the emergency response to such a strike.

Paris resident Stephane Hannache broadcast from the scene near the restaurant in the 11th district via Periscope this evening.

His live footage from the scene showed a fleet of police cars with sirens and emergency services surrounding the scene.

Speaking in English and French, Mr Hannache said: "Something is very wrong in Paris - a shooting maybe.

"There are lots of policemen. There are a lot of people waiting outside

"We heard gunfire maybe ten or fifteen minutes ago," Mr Hannache said.

A loud bang could also be heard during his live broadcast on Periscope.

One Irish person caught up in the attacks took to Twitter to tell of the terror he felt as the attacks unfolded.

Cormac Flynn, from Dundalk, said he was in a restaurant in the 11th administrative district of Paris where a shootout took place involving police officers.

“In a restaurant with one hurt following shooting in Paris, in the 11th. One injured here, they turned all the lights out to keep the restaurant hidden, police just arrived. Absolutely terrifying,” Mr Flynn said.

“Apparently someone opened fire in the Bataclan (nightclub), club nearby, and some of the injured are here.

He added: “Cops all round place now. We're just waiting down the back with everyone. Hear that someone shot from the balcony during a gig at Bataclan (night club).

He explained how staff at the restaurant then told the customers to move upstairs to safety. He was unable to respond to efforts to contact him.

“Everyone cramped in the stairwell, smoking, on their phones. One girl who was at Bataclan totally distraught

“We've been told to go to the top floor for safety reasons, so I guess there's still someone on the street. Neighbours have come out to give water to people,” he said.

Mr Flynn later tweeted: Just evacuated at speed. All ok, police seek to be pointing machine gun at nearby building, or could be covering us. Waiting across road.

He then added: “Just waiting in street now near the pompiers. No one knows what to do, all safe though.”

Sisi O'Driscoll, 23, from Kildare who is currently working in Paris said her apartment was five to ten minutes away from the shooting and hostage situation.

“The whole thing happened so quickly, I think the city is just in shock and disbelief.”

“Luckily I was out working at an event and stayed in the bar because we were advised by police and passers-by to stay put because we're not far from where everything was happening.”

“Then the news cut through the football. I think that's when people knew something serious had happened.

They announced a state of emergency and the closure of the borders. Then my managers, family and everyone started calling.”

“Now, I'm about 15 minutes from where everything is happening in a hotel. One of my friends is stuck in a restaurant nearby.”

Daniel Darby, 23 from Donegal, a PHD student from Trinity College currently working in Paris described tonight’s event as “chilling”.

“There are a lot of sirens going off across the city. It's kind of chilling. It’s a bit surreal. I'm more worried about the wider implications of this, the global response, especially with the US weighing so quickly. It kind of feels like an ending to the world we knew.”

Berenice Jond, a 26-year-old living in France said he was relieved to discover that all of his friends are safe.

“I was at the movies when it started so came out and saw tens of texts, calls and Facebook messages. I went directly home and tried to see if my friends were OK.”

“They're all safe, even the ones living close by but we are all in shock... Not able to understand, angry at those who did this, angry at some people for using the event to spread hatred and racism.”

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