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Sirens blar­ing, blood on the roads, weep­ing rel­a­tives: night­mare scenes played out on the streets of Paris on Fri­day night as at least 120 peo­ple were killed in si­mul­ta­ne­ous at­tacks. Pierre Mont­fort lives close to a Cam­bo­dian restau­rant on Rue Bichat, where one of seven at­tacks took place in a night of blood­shed not seen in decades. “We heard the sound of guns, 30-sec­ond bursts. It was end­less. We thought it was fire­works,” he said.

An­other wit­ness de­scribed the scene: “For a mo­ment, we could only see the flames from the gun. We were scared, how did we know he wasn’t go­ing to shoot the win­dows?” Florence said she ar­rived by scooter a minute or so af­ter. “It was sur­real, ev­ery­one was on the ground. No one was mov­ing in­side the Pe­tit Cam­bodge restau­rant and ev­ery­one was on the ground in bar Car­il­lon,” she said. “It was very calm-peo­ple didn’t understand what was go­ing on. A young girl was be­ing car­ried in the arms of a young man. She seemed to be dead.”

On Rue Charonne, a lit­tle fur­ther east, fire en­gines drive past, their sirens wail­ing. A man said he heard shots ring out, in sharp bursts, for two or three min­utes. “I saw sev­eral bloody bod­ies on the ground. I don’t know if they were dead,” he said. “There was blood every­where,” said an­other wit­ness. Out­side the Saint-Louis Hos­pi­tal in the north of the cap­i­tal a po­lice cor­don had been set up. Stand­ing nearby, a tear­ful man said his sis­ter had been killed. At his side, his mother burst into tears and col­lapsed into his arms. “They won’t let us pass,” he said, point­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion 50 me­tres (yards) away. Fur­ther east, near the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall and not far from the scene of an­other deadly at­tack in Jan­uary on the of­fices of satir­i­cal French mag­a­zine Char­lie Hebdo, the area was on lock down.

Po­lice say around 100 peo­ple were killed at the mu­sic venue, with re­ports say­ing armed at­tack­ers shot dead peo­ple at­tend­ing a rock con­cert one by one be­fore po­lice stormed the build­ing. “My wife was in Bat­a­clan, it’s a catas­tro­phe,” said one man as he tried to run into the site but was blocked by the po­lice cor­don. “All I can tell you is that it’s worse than Char­lie Hebdo,” said a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer. In the north of Paris, near the Stade de France sta­dium, three ex­plo­sions left at least five dead as France were play­ing a friendly foot­ball match against Ger­many. “We heard ex­plo­sions 25 min­utes af­ter the start of the match. It con­tin­ued as nor­mal. I thought it was a joke,” said Ludovic Klein, 37, who came from Li­mo­ges to watch the match with his 10year-old son.

PARIS: Dried blood can be seen on the win­dow of the Car­il­lon cafe in Paris yes­ter­day, a day af­ter over 120 peo­ple were killed in a se­ries of shoot­ing and ex­plo­sions. — AP

PARIS: Vic­tims lay on the pave­ment in a Paris restau­rant. — AP

PARIS: Vic­tims be­long­ings lay on the pave­ment out­side the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall yes­ter­day. — AP

PARIS: The French and Euro­pean flags (at half mast) are seen at the El­y­see palace in Paris yes­ter­day. — AFP

PARIS: A vic­tim un­der a blan­ket lays dead out­side the Bat­a­clan theater in Paris. — AP

WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama looks down as he speaks to the press in Wash­ing­ton, DC af­ter be­ing in­formed about a se­ries of deadly at­tacks that rocked Paris. - AFP

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