More than 120 people killed in Paris 'terror' attacks

At least 120 people were killed in a wave of coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday.

Black-clad gunmen wielding AK-47s stormed into the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris and fired calmly and methodically at hundreds of screaming concert-goers, reports AsiaOne via AFP.

Scores of people were massacred by attackers shouting "Allahu akbar" during a rock concert and others in a suicide bombing near the national stadium.

Police said at least 120 people were killed in total at multiple locations in the French capital. Reports said that witnesses said the attackers shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is greatest").

They also blamed France's military intervention in Syria as they sprayed bullets into the crowd watching US rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

Four attackers were killed when police stormed the Bataclan, which lies just 200 metres (yards) from the former offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine that was targeted in January.

Three of the attackers blew up suicide vests as police launched their attack, several sources said. The fourth was hit by police fire and blew up as he fell.

A radio presenter, Pierre Janaszak who attended the concert said: "There was blood everywhere, corpses everywhere. We heard screaming. Everyone was trying to flee."

In the north of the city, at least five people were killed in three explosions near the Stade de France national stadium where France were playing Germany in an international football match, security sources said.

One of the explosions was caused by a suicide bomber, police and witnesses said. President Francois Hollande was attending the match and had to be hastily evacuated. A Cambodian restaurant near the concert hall was also attacked, with further deaths reported.

Prosecutors said at least five attackers had been "neutralised" in total.

The most bloody of the attacks was at the Bataclan, where police said around 100 people were killed.

An extra 1,500 soldiers were mobilised to reinforce police in Paris, Hollande's office said, while mayor Anne Hidalgo called for residents to stay home.

France has been on high alert since the attacks in January against Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket that left 17 dead.

Security had begun to be stepped up ahead of key UN climate talks to be held just outside the French capital from November 30, with border checks restored from Friday.

More than 500 French fighters are thought to be with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to official figures, while 250 have returned and some 750 expressed a desire to go there.

France has joined US-led air strikes on IS targets in Iraq for over a year and in September began bombing the jihadists in Syria.

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