Paris Death Toll Rises to 60 as France Closes Borders

President Obama pledges to help
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 5:16 PM CST
Paris Death Toll Rises to 60 as France Closes Borders
Police officers secure the Stade de France stadium during the international friendly soccer France against Germany, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French media are reporting least 60 people are dead in Friday's Paris attacks, per Reuters. Multiple, apparently coordinated gun and bomb attacks hit almost simultaneously, and at least 100 hostages were reportedly being held at a concert hall after one of the shootings. There were reportedly as many as four shooting sites, and at least two explosions near the Stade de France, where France was playing Germany in soccer.

Per the AP, French President Francois Hollande has announced that the military will be deployed all around Paris, borders will be closed and a state of emergency declared. President Obama also made a statement, pledging to help France. Western security sources tell Reuters they suspect an Islamist militant group. The situation is still very much developing, and security forces were reportedly assaulting at least one of the attack sites. (Read more Francois Hollande stories.)

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