On a night when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were reveling and devotees were enjoying a soccer match between world champion Germany and France, horror struck in an unprecedented manner.
Terrorists — some with AK 47s, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them — assaulted sites throughout the French capital and in the arena where the soccer match was underway.
Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took heaps hostage.
Individuals were shot dead at five other sites in Paris at eateries and pubs. Eight attackers were reported killed.
Police believed the gunmen all were not alive but it was not clear if any accomplices were still after the sequence of near-simultaneous attacks on the run.
Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city.