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Multiple deaths in attacks in central Paris

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click to enlarge DAVE CATCHING: Performing recently on Jimmy Kimmel show, guitarist is in band playing where Parisian violence broke out. - FACEBOOK
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Multiple people have been killed in multiple attacks in several parts of Paris. Some reports say 18 to 20 are dead. UPDATE: The toll has climbed over 100.

The news is fragmented. One report says two explosions were suicide attacks. There are reports of hostages.

This is not an Arkansas story of course, but one of those shortly to grip the world.

UPDATE: There is at least one potential Arkansas tie.

Reports say targets of attacks included a music venue, Bataclan, where a U.S. band, the Eagles of Death Metal, was performing a sold-out concert. Dave Catching, a former Arkansan (a friend says he grew up in Bassett and went to school in Wilson),  is a guitarist who plays with that band, but I have no information if he was at this concert date. He does appear in earlier appearances on the group's European tour. Hostages are reportedly being held in the venue and there are many deaths there. Rolling Stone is following news on the band and an update says the band is safe. Twitter is also following the band closely.  This article has a photo posted on Instagram from the show before the attack and Catching appears to be in the photo.

UPDATE: The group's own Facebook post says they are still trying to ascertain condition of band and crew.

Reports are filtering in, too, of other Arkansans in Paris, some locked down in bars and restaurants with the city gripped by panic.

UPDATE II: From Eagles of Death Metal Facebook page:

The wife of Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio has told The Washington Post that the band members are safe. “We are just holding our breath and saying prayers for everyone,” she says. “He called to say that he loved me and he was safe. Everyone on stage was able to get off.

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