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Series of attacks leaves almost 130 dead

France was under a nationwide state of emergency Friday evening, after a series of shootings and bombings in Paris led to the deaths of 128 people. French President Francois Hollande closed the country's borders and mobilized the military. National and local authorities are investigating.

Officials say the attacks seem to have been coordinated to strike areas where people would have gathered on a Friday evening, CNN says.

[Read more from CNN]

On Saturday, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were in retaliation to French involvement in airstrikes in Syria.

[Read more from The Guardian]

The BBC reports the deadliest attack occurred at the Bataclan Concert Hall, where French authorities said at least 60 people had been taken hostage.

Police subsequently stormed the venue, reportedly killing two attackers and arresting one. Estimates of the death toll there have reached 100.

President Hollande urged Parisians to stay indoors and deployed 1,500 military personnel across the city, the BBC says.

[Read more from the BBC and New York Times]

There were six confirmed. There were three bomb attacks at a bar outside the Stade De France, two of which were suicide attacks.

Shootings also erupted outside a cafe, followed by a Cambodian restaurant, and on a residential street, as well as the hostage taken at the music hall.

The New York Times mapped the locations of the attacks.

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Stade de France was the site of a soccer match between the French and German national teams when the explosion occurred near its gates. It can be heard in a video taken during the match:

President Obama made a statement on the attacks, saying: "Once again we've seen an outrageous attack to terrorize innocent civilians," describing it as an "attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share." He added he had not yet spoken with the French Premier.

Landmark buildings in a handful of U.S. cities – including One World Trade Center in New York – were lit with the tri-colors of the French flag Friday evening.

[Read more from The Daily Beast]

Residents near the locations of the attacks were using social media and a website to offer safety to shelter to those in need, Tech Insider reports.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

[Read more from Time]

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