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The Terror Attacks in Paris: A Timeline of Events

As Paris grieves, authorities are trying to piece together exactly what happened on Friday night. Here's a timeline of the events that led to at least 128 dead.
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Gunmen killed 129 people in multiple attacks and an explosion at a soccer game in Paris, France, on Friday night, in what is being widely described as the worst attack the city has seen since World War II. Around 350 other victims are reportedly hospitalized, with around 100 in critical condition.

Paris, shocked and grieving, remains on lockdown while authorities continue to seek for possible accomplices in the attacks. All of the eight attackers known so far died on Friday, seven by detonating suicide belts and another in a shootout with police at the Bataclan, a theater where at least 80 concertgoers were held hostage and then killed.


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Here is how last night's events unfolded, all times local in Paris:

Friday, November 13

21:15: Explosions heard in the vicinity of the Stade de France, located in the north of Paris, where France and Germany were playing an international friendly soccer match. President Francois Hollande was watching the match. The venue accommodates over 80,000 people.

Further shots were heard moments later.

21:20: Shots fired at a cafe-bar, Carillon, and at a Cambodian restaurant, Le Petit Cambodge. Both are located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris near the Canal Saint-Martin.

Not far from Le Petit Cambodge, more shots are fired at people sitting on the terrace of Casa Nostra, a popular pizzeria.

21:36: More shootings at a brasserie called La Belle Equipe on Rue de Charonne.

BREAKING VIDEO: Firefight on the streets of #Paris now - @dihlaz_Y

— Conflict News (@Conflicts) November 13, 2015

21:43: Reports say an alleged attacker entered another cafe, the Comptoir Voltaire, and detonated a bomb which was inside a bag.

21:45: Shots reportedly fired at Bataclan, a music venue where the American band Eagles of Death Metal were playing. Reports say the attackers shot indiscriminately into the crowd. Video showed dozens of panicked people fleeing the theater, including several who appeared to be critically wounded.

21:50: A suicide bomber self detonates outside a McDonald's, close to the Stade de France. Nobody was hurt.


1: Three kilometers North of Paris. at the Stade De France (4 dead reported). 2. Rue Bichat (14 dead reported). 3. Around rue du Faubourg du temple and Boulevard Voltaire (5-6 dead reported). 4. Bataclan concert hall (80 dead reported). 5. Rue de Charonne (19 dead reported).

22:00: Police confirm that at least 18 people were dead.

22:08: Police officials confirm that the death toll was at 26, and that a hostage situation was underway at the Bataclan, where they estimated 60-100 concertgoers were being held.

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22:15: Officials confirm that Hollande had been safely evacuated from the stadium and was holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

23:30: Most Paris metro stations near the shootings are closed.

23:49: In a statement, Obama condemns the attacks, describing them as an "outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians."

Watch the full statement from @POTUS on the attacks in Paris.

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 13, 2015

23:58: Hollande declares France to be in a state of emergency for the first time since 2005. French military is deployed. Number of fatalities estimated to be 42.

Saturday, November 14

00:18: Officials confirm two suicide attacks and one bombing near the Stade de France.

00:24: Automatic gunfire heard coming from the Bataclan concert venue, where hostages were still being held.

00:44: Police storm the Bataclan.

01:00: Officials say that the assault on the concert hall has ended and that at least two suspected attackers were killed, later saying that they had blown themselves up with suicide belts when police entered the venue.

So many hurt people outside of Caroline and Scott's apartment right now this is really scary


A video posted by Claire Cichy (@clairecichy) on Nov 13, 2015 at 4:21pm PST

01:23: Officials say at least 100 hostages were killed inside the Bataclan theatre.

BREAKING: French police official says at least 100 people killed inside Paris concert hall where attackers seized hostages.

— The Associated Press (@AP)November 14, 2015

07:35: The Islamic State claims responsibility for the attacks

12:20: Suspects reportedly arrested in Brussels in connection with the attacks. The identities of the attackers have been confirmed, but they are said to include a Frenchman from a suburb south of Paris. Syrian and Egyptian passports were also reportedly discovered near two of the suicide bombers killed during the attack at the Stade de France.

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