Timeline: How The Paris Attacks Unfolded
November 14, 2015
More than 120 people have been killed in multiple gun and suicide bomb attacks at city center restaurants and near a sports stadium in Paris, in what is France's worst-ever terrorist attack. Here's how events unfolded.
2120, November 13 -- First reports come in of a shooting at a bar and restaurant in central Paris
Minutes later, two explosions are heard near the Stade de France sports stadium where President Francois Hollande is among those watching France play Germany in a friendly soccer match.
Within half an hour, Paris police confirm 18 fatalities at multiple locations.
2200 -- Almost simultaneously, word comes in of a shooting at a concert venue where U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal is scheduled to play. The packed Bataclan theater holds up to 1,500 concert-goers. Hostages have been taken.
At Petit Cambodge, a restaurant not far from the Bataclan concert venue, a BBC journalist reports seeing dead or injured lying on the road.
2300 -- Over at Stade de France, the soccer match continues, while Hollande is taken to an emergency government meeting.
By now it is clear the Bataclan concert venue is a hostage situation with between 60 and 100 people reported held.
Some concertgoers manage to escape through the emergency exit; or by climbing out of windows, as this dramatic (WARNING: graphic) video clip shows.
Witnesses describe scenes of panic, as two or three gunmen fired into the crowd, calmly reloading several times.
2330 -- Meanwhile, IS supporters begin using the 'Paris is burning' or 'Paris in flames' hashtag to praise the attacks, though as yet there is no claim of responsibility.
0000, November 14 -- Hollande declares a state of emergency, orders the country's borders closed, and urges unity in the face of terror. By now, dozens of people are known to have died and the hostage situation is still ongoing at the Bataclan concert hall.
0014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama makes a live televised statement, saying the United States stands together with its 'oldest ally' France and declaring the attacks 'an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.' He vows to work with France to 'bring these terrorists to justice.'
0022 -- AP reports police confirm two of the explosions near the sports stadium were suicide attacks.
Meanwhile, a video emerges showing some spectators singing the Marseillaise (French national anthem) as they leave the stadium.
0030 -- Explosions are heard at the Bataclan concert venue as a police operation gets under way.
0047 -- AFP reports a witness as saying one of the Bataclan attackers shouted 'Allahu akbar,' though another witness says the gunmen were silent.
0100 -- The police operation to storm the concert venue is over.
0114 -- First reports emerge of a grisly find at the Bataclan venue, with around 100 people dead inside (this total will later drop to 80).
Police report that three suspected attackers were killed in the raid, as medics evacuate the injured.
0215 -- Hollande heads to the concert venue, where he promises a 'merciless' fight against those behind the attacks.
The attacks prompt an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity from around the world...
…and on social media via hashtags like #prayforparis.
Today's French newspapers, meanwhile, carry headlines like 'This time it's war,' or, simply: 'The Horror:'
1200 -- Islamic State claims responsibility.
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