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French authorities say more than 100 killed in Paris attacks

Updated 7:54 p.m. ET

A French police official is quoted by the Associated Press as saying at least 100 people have been killed inside a Paris concert hall in one of a series of attacks in and around Paris. NPR has not independently confirmed the number of victims.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley says that French police have reportedly taken control of the concert hall, and two attackers have been killed.

The hall is one of at least three locations that have been the target of nearly simultaneous shootings or bombings today in the French capital. French media are reporting that there may have been at least seven locations attacked, but it's not clear whether sites were double counted.

Eleanor says the first attack was a shooting around 9:30 p.m. local time that took place in front of a restaurant. People in a car reportedly opened fire with Kalashnikovs.

The concert hall that was attacked, called the Bataclan, has been secured by police. Two attackers there were killed. Eleanor said that police described a "horror scene."

The band playing at the concert hall was American rock band Eagles of Death Metal. The band's manager released the following 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."

Eleanor reported that the third attack involved two explosions near the national stadium, just outside the city, where a soccer game between Germany and France was being played. Eleanor said the stadium was being evacuated and that the police have told everyone to go home.

This video taken at the soccer game appeared to capture the sound of an explosion.

"People are saying that Paris is under attack again," Eleanor said, referring to the terrorist attack that shook Paris in January.

French President Francois Hollande addressed the nation, announcing that he had declared a state of emergency and had put additional restriction on France's international borders.

The lights have been dimmed in the Eiffel Tower.

Eleanor says the city is on complete lockdown.

She said French TV is getting information from people on the scene. "Many people were crying and the news channels had to cut them off because they couldn't have that kind of thing on the air to panic people because nobody really knows what's going on."

President Obama called the attack "outrageous" and pledged U.S. support to France.

"This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share," Obama said during his brief remarks. He said it was a "heartbreaking situation."

Obama also said that the U.S. would help bring those responsible to justice and "go after any terrorist networks that go after our people."

The U.S. men's national soccer team also showed their respect for their victims by holding a moment of silence before its game against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

We will update as more details become available. When news such as this is breaking, some reports will turn out to be incorrect. We will focus on accounts from journalists on the ground and reliable news outlets.

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