DEBRIS littered Paris city centre this morning after a powerful blast caused multiple casualties. Here's what we know about the horrifying explosion and the latest death toll. When and where did the blast happen? A Parisian bakery went up in flames as a dramatic blast caused a number of casualties. Firefighters could be seen pulling people from the burning building in the 9th district of the French capital after the blast at around 9am local time on January 12, 2019. Were any victims injured and what's the current death toll? France's interior minister announced at 1pm local time that four people had died in the explosion. Two of those who lost their lives were firefighters who had raced to the scene to rescue those impacted by the blaze. Earlier, a Paris fire department spokesman said 36 people were injured, 12 of whom were said to be in a critical condition. What was the cause of the explosion? It is understood the blast was caused by a gas leak at The Hubert bakery in Rue de … [Read more...] about Paris explosion – How did the bakery blast happen, how many victims were injured and what’s the current death toll?
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PARIS (Reuters) - Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to repel "yellow vest" demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms. Thousands of protesters also marched noisily but peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris close to where a major gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and injured nearly 50 people early on Saturday. Central Paris was in lockdown against another feared eruption of violence by radical elements in the "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) movement, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers. Groups of protesters also gathered on and around Paris's famous Champs Elysees boulevard, the scene of disturbances in recent weeks, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign. "Macron, we are going to … [Read more...] about Renewed yellow vest protests hit with police water cannon, tear gas in Paris
Paris -- A fire in a western Paris apartment building early Tuesday killed at least seven people and sent residents fleeing to the roof or climbing out their windows to escape, authorities said. The cause of the blaze that also injured at least 28 people was unclear. Firefighters were still searching the eight-story structure for other victims and working to extinguish the blaze, according to spokesman Clement Cognon of the city fire service."The situation was already dramatic when the firefighters arrived," Cognon said. Firefighters rescued about two dozen people who had fled to the roof or climbed out windows to escape the flames, and evacuated others from inside.The building is less than a mile from the Roland Garros stadium that hosts the French Open tennis tournament, and close to the popular Bois de Boulogne park on the city's western edge. It's on Rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement, or district, one of the most high-end and calmest districts of Paris.More than 200 … [Read more...] about Several dead in apartment building fire in tony section of Paris
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants.Complicating the manhunt, though, was the fact that police have so far been unable to officially identify who exactly is at large.While police have identified the 12 members of the cell, three people remain unaccounted for: two believed killed when the house where the plot was being hatched exploded Wednesday, and a suspected fugitive, Catalan police official Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters Sunday.Trapero declined to confirm that Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan, was the one at large and the suspected driver of the van that plowed down Barcelona’s Las Ramblas promenade Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring 120. Another attack hours later killed one person and injured … [Read more...] about Spanish Terrorists Had Over 100 Gas Tanks Stored For A Massive Attack
MULTIPLE people are reported to have been injured after a massive explosion in Paris blew out windows and overturned cars. Firefighters pulled people from the burning building on Rue de Treviso in the 9th district of the French capital after the blast at about 9am local time. The cause of the explosion is not yet known, however there are reports that it was due to a gas leak in a bakery. It's thought there may be a number of causalities, but police haven't made any confirmation yet. Witnesses described on French television the overwhelmingly sound of the blast and people trapped inside nearby buildings. Pictures from the scene showed the windows blown out of a building with rubble strewn across the street. A Paris police spokeswoman said several injuries have been reported to police but no deaths. The spokeswoman, who wasn't authorised to be publicly named, provided no further details. Emergency workers on the scene said: "There are casualties. "A whole shop front has been taken … [Read more...] about Paris explosion: ‘Multiple injuries’ after massive blast destroys buildings in French capital