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At least 120 people died during a night of violence in ParisReuters

International leaders have condemned the co-ordinated gun and bomb attacks in the French capital Paris, which have left at least 120 people dead.

Around 100 people were shot dead by gunmen who stormed the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris late on 13 November in an apparent militant Islamist attack.

Gunmen also targeted numerous cafes and restaurants in the city's centre while explosions went off outside Stade de France in northern Paris, where France and Germany were playing an international football match.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called the attacks "despicable", while the UN Security Council offered its condolences to France and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks which took place in several places in Paris... causing numerous deaths and injuries among civilians," the UN Security Council said in a statement.

US President Barack Obama denounced the attacks as an "outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians".

"This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share," he said in a statement delivered in the White House. "This is a heartbreaking situation, and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it's like and we've gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves.

"We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the people of France need to respond."

Universal condemnation

British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "shocked" by the attacks, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris".

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to France following the "horrible terrorist attacks in Paris", the Interfax news agency quoted a Kremlin statement as saying.

"Russia strongly condemns this inhumane killing and is ready to provide any and all assistance to investigate these terrorist crimes."

Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE unanimously condemned the killings.

"Such terrorist attacks will not weaken the will of peace-loving countries," Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was reported as saying.