PARIS: Notts offers solidarity after shootings and explosions kill 120
People across Nottinghamshire have offered their thoughts and prayers to Paris on social media after eight attackers carried out a co-ordinated attack at six different location, killing at least 128 people.
@SimplyIssie tweeted from Nottingham: “So glad to hear that some of my friends and family living in paris are ok but I am still worried...” Ben Hallam said: “What a horrendous night in Paris. My Thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Paris. #prayforparis” Russell Lewis said: “Thoughts are with everyone in Paris and France today #prayforparis #Paris”. The death toll continues to rise after reports of shootings and explosions across the French capital, including the national football stadium, a popular shopping area at Lea Halles and a music venue, the Bataclan, where 80 are confirmed killed after at least two gunmen opened fire on the audience of a rock concert. Some 200 people are now believed to have been injured last night in the attack at six different locations around the city, which is hoped to have ended after the death of eight attackers, seven of whom detonated suicide belts, but French security services still hunt for accomplices in the city. French president François Hollande declared a state of emergency across the whole country at around midnight last night. In a statement he said: “As I speak, terrorist attacks of unprecedented proportions are under way in the Paris area. There are dozens killed, there are many injured. It is a horror. “We have, on my decision, mobilised all forces possible to neutralise the terrorists and make all concerned areas safe. I have also asked for military reinforcements. “What the terrorists want is to scare us and fill us with dread.” The widespread ‘marauder’ attack started at around 9pm starting at restaurants in the 10th district before reports ten minutes later at the Stade de France and then the Bataclan theatre where initially 60 audience members were believed to be held hostage, and now at least 80 are confirmed dead. Initial reports suggested some 60 people were being held hostage at the Bataclan were 300 people were watching a metal band, and at least 80 are confirmed dead here alone, and 128 in total. There was as an amazing show of solidarity with French across the world last night as a twitter tag being used by Parisians to offer shelter to strangers, #PorteOuverte (open door) became a symbol of unity.