The hostage situation at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris is finally over. After a standoff with police, the Nov. 13 crisis ended with at least 153 people reportedly slaughtered by the terrorists, with four of the attackers reportedly killed by authorities.
There is finally a heartbreaking update regarding the hostages taken during the terrifying terrorist attack in Paris, France on Friday, Nov. 13. After concertgoers were taken captive at a music venue, police finally ended the terrifying siege. Sadly, there are scores of innocent people dead.
The hostage crisis ended with two of the attackers reportedly killed by authorities, according the Associated Press. French authorities secured the Bataclan concert venue with police squads, and the efforts of these officials ended this terrifying crisis. Sadly, they could not save the lives of the reported 118 people killed in this tragedy.
“It was a bloodbath,” said Julien Pearce, a radio reporter attending the concert, told CNN. “It lasted for 10 minutes. Ten horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their head.” Julien said the two terrorists came in wearing black clothing but no masks. One of the men was “like a random guy holding Kalashnikov [machine gun.] That’s all.” When the gunmen came in, Julien said they didn’t shout anything. “They were just shooting people on the floor.”
Armed terrorists took hostages at the Bataclan concert hall near the Place de la Republique at the same time that explosions went off near the Stade de France stadium during a France-Germany soccer match. The theater was full of people seeing an Eagles of Death Metal concert, and gunmen later slaughtered 112 people they had held hostage. Four of the gunmen were killed when French S.W.A.T. teams entered the building.
When the authorities arrived, a tense standoff began with automatic gunfire being heard within the hall. Shots were reportedly exchanged between the terrorists and the officers. When the police began their raid on the concert hall, there were reported explosions heard inside the theater.
Paris Attack Shocks The World
News broke of the massive violence in Paris late on Friday, Nov. 13 and spread instantly. In addition to the hostage situation and the reported explosion at the soccer stadium, there was an intense shootout at a Paris restaurant. An eyewitness at the diner said that it sounded “like fireworks” when the bullets started flying. French president Francois Hollande announced that he would close the French borders, while President Barack Obama condemned this “act of terror.”
As always, HollywoodLife.com‘s thoughts remain with the hostages and victims, as well as their friends and family, during this difficult time.
— Lauren Cox