Updating: Terrorists take hostages at Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris as violence sweeps city
UPDATE 7:29 p.m.: Boston Police have issued a statement: “The Boston Regional Intelligence Center continues to monitor the situation in Paris and is working closely with federal and local law enforcement. As of now there is no credible threat to Boston; however, we are encouraging officers to remain vigilant as they conduct their patrols. Additional law enforcement resources have been deployed throughout the city.”
UPDATE 7:24 p.m.: Death toll at the Bataclan “around 100,” according to AFP.
#BREAKING Around 100 dead in attack on Paris concert venue: police
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 14, 2015
UPDATE 7:01 p.m.: Associated Press is reporting that at least 15 concertgoers have been killed. French TV is stating, via France 24, that the police siege of the Bataclan is now over. Two terrorists were killed in the raid.
UPDATE 6:56 p.m.: Eagles of Death Metal just posted a statement: “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Boston musician Will Dailey and his band are currently on tour in France. Tonight they are 200 miles away from Paris in the commune of Fougeres. “We are not in Paris tonight but the heart is,” he writes on Facebook. “Devastated in Fougeres. Love to all.” Boston Americana act Girls Guns & Glory are also in France, with a scheduled show tonight in Bourg-En-Bresse, a commune outside Lyon.
UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: According to Sky News, there have been multiple gunshots and explosions at Bataclan within the past few minutes. Up to 100 hostages are said to be in the theater.
UPDATE 6:17 p.m.: The Washington Post reports that the band is safe and have fled the venue. “Mary Lou Dorio, the mother of Julian Dorio, the drummer for Eagles of Death Metal, tells the Washington Post her son is safe,” they write. “She said it was great news. She said she spoke to her son’s wife, who said that the band members had managed to flee the concert hall when the attack began. The fate of several crew members remains unknown, she said. ‘It was awful,’ his mother said. She added that her son was at a local police station, where he was able to call his wife. He had left his phone on stage.”
UPDATE 5:27 p.m.: iTV reports there are 35 dead and as many as 100 hostages at Bataclan. Six to eight terrorists are involved at the music venue, one of four targets attacked this evening. Another site was Stade de France which was hosting a soccer match between French and German national teams.
A series of coordinated terrorist attacks have spread through Paris on Friday night, and reports have confirmed that as many as 60 hostages are currently being held at live music venue Bataclan, where Eagles of Death Metal were performing.
Bataclan has a listed capacity of 1,500, and tonight’s show with the American hard rock band was sold out. Photos on Instagram from an hour ago suggest the show began as planned. There is no word on exactly what is happening inside the venue, as the terrorist attacks appear to still be ongoing.
Earlier reports coming out of France say as many as 26 have been killed in the attacks, which included multiple gunfire and explosions at three separate locations around Paris.
Eagles of Death Metal are a collaboration between Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. Consequence of Sound is reporting that Homme did not join the band on its current European tour.
More to come as information becomes available…
The Bataclan concert hall (reports of 100 hostages) : live from balcony https://t.co/7drkTvYMJr
— orshee (@BaronMamurny) November 13, 2015
BBC News – Paris attacks: Shootings kill 18, hostage-taking at Bataclan arts centre https://t.co/o17XJzMa3n
— Chris Vaughn (@vaughnchicago) November 13, 2015
— WGBH News (@wgbhnews) November 13, 2015
#BREAKING Hostages taken at Paris Bataclan concert hall, police say
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 13, 2015