This is the shocking moment terrified concert-goers dragged their dying friends along a street and desperately clung to window ledges while fleeing the Paris massacre which has left at least 127 people dead and France in a nationwide state of emergency.
They were among dozens who escaped from the Bataclan theatre where Islamic State gunmen mercilessly slaughtered up to 100 fans before blowing themselves up in a series of co-ordinated attacks across the city.
France was placed in lockdown after eight militants, all wearing suicide vests, brought unprecedented violence to the streets of the French capital in the bloodiest attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.
Francois Hollande accused ISIS of orchestrating the worst attacks in France for more than 70 years, declaring it an ‘act of war’ and vowing to ‘mercilessly’ strike back against the jihadi ‘barbarians’.
In a televised address, the French President said the attacks were ‘committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: a free country that means something to the whole planet’.
ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks in revenge for French air strikes in Iraq and Syria and warned: ‘This is just the start of a storm’. It was also reported that one of the suicide bombers was found with a Syrian passport.
Police are also hunting accomplices amid fears of further attacks, with the arrest of a 51-year-old man in Germany last week after firearms were discovered in his car now being linked to the atrocities, according to media reports.
In an indication of the heightened state of alert, police chased three suspects in Paris this afternoon after reports of gunfire and explosions were heard in a suburb of the French capital.
Armed officers and a police helicopter were scrambled after shots were fired in the Bagnolet area of the city and residents are being warned to stay inside their homes.
France was in a nationwide state of emergency today after at least 127 people were killed in a series of coordinated terror attacks in the heart of Paris that have paralysed the country.
Armed with AK47 machine guns and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, four of the group marched into a rock concert at the Bataclan theatre, massacring up to 100 people and taking dozens hostage.