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Dozens dead in series of terrorist attacks across Paris

Update 6:52 p.m.: The hostage situation inside the Bataclan concert hall is reportedly over following a siege by French police in which at least two attackers were allegedly killed.

Update 6:37 p.m.: French police confirm that at least two explosions were suicide attacks.

Update 5:58 p.m.: French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency and is deploying the military in Paris. He also announced he will close the borders.

Update 5:17 p.m.: Police now say at least 35 people are dead, and roughly 100 people have been taken hostage at Bataclan concert hall.

Update 5:02 p.m.: Police now say the death toll is at least 26.

At least 18 people are reportedly dead in attacks across Paris, Agence France-Presse reports. The wave of violence began when a gunman opened fire with an AK-47 in a Paris restaurant. At around the same time, explosions believed to be grenades were heard near Stade de France, the stadium where the French national team was playing Germany in a football match. President Francois Hollande was evacuated from the stadium. Shots were reportedly also fired at Bataclan concert hall, a popular music venue, and AFP reports that hostages were taken there.

It is so far unclear if there is a connection between the incidents.