Over 110 of the victims were massacred at a concert in the Bataclan theatre after terrorists burst in, opened fire and took hostages, forcing security forces to storm the venue. France is a member of the US-led coalition combating the Islamic State.

A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed at least 153 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. President Francois Hollande condemned it as terrorism and pledged that France would stand firm against its foes.

The worst carnage was at a concert hall hosting an American rock band, where scores of people were held hostage and attackers ended the standoff by detonating explosive belts.

The worst carnage that happened yesterday was at a concert hall hosting an American rock band, where scores of people were held hostage and attackers hurled explosives at their captives. Police who stormed the building, killing eight attackers, encountered a bloody scene of horror inside.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said as many as eight attackers may have been killed, though it was not clear how many there were altogether and how many were still at large.

Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country's borders. The violence spread fear through the city and exceeded the horrors of the Charlie Hebdo attack just 10 months ago.

In addition to the deaths at the concert hall, a police official said 11 people were killed in a Paris restaurant in the 10th arrondissement and other officials said at least three people died when bombs went off outside a stadium.

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