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Paris Terror Attacks: Timeline on how night of terror in Paris unfolded

Sam Dean

Published 14/11/2015 | 01:38

Rescue workers at the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant. Photo: AP
Rescue workers at the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant. Photo: AP
Emergency services attend the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant. Photo: AP

Dozens of people have been killed in separate attacks in Paris. Here is how the night unfolded:

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:: Two explosions were heard near the Stade de France, where Francois Hollande was watching France play Germany in an international football friendly, at around 8.30pm Irish time.

 

:: Around one hour later there were reports of a shooting at the Petit Cambodge restaurant, about five miles away from the Stade de France.

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
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: 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)
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)

 

:: By 10pm, French Police had confirmed that at least 18 people had been killed. Meanwhile, there were also reports of shootings near the Bataclan theatre, south of the restaurant.

 

:: Within ten minutes, police officials confirmed that the death toll had risen to at least 26 people, 15 of whom were killed in the Bataclan theatre. They also said that an ongoing hostage crisis had developed at the theatre, which was hosting a performance by Eagles of Death Metal, an American rock band. Between 60 and 100 people were reportedly being held hostage.

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
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
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

 

:: At around 11pm, President Francois Hollande placed the whole of France under a state of emergency and announced that the country's borders had been closed. It followed confirmation that the death toll had risen to 42 people and a statement from Barack Obama, who said: "We stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism."

 

:: Around 20 minutes later, French police confirmed two suicide attacks and one bombing near the Stade de France stadium. At least three people were believed to have died in those attacks near the stadium. Soon after that, there were reports of shots and explosions at the Bataclan theatre.

 

:: As the French military were photographed making their way into the centre of Paris, the police outside the Bataclan theatre stormed the building. Police officials confirmed the security forces had launched an assault on the theatre and two attackers had been killed.

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)
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

 

:: One official described "carnage" inside the building, saying the attackers had thrown explosives at the hostages, and it was confirmed that at least 100 people were killed inside the Bataclan theatre.

 

:: A Paris city hall spokesman said the latest death toll was at least 140 people, and confirmed that shots were fired in at least two restaurants. A witness of the attack at the theatre described a scene which "looked like a battlefield". He told the Guardian: "The police told us to run."

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