Islamic State Supporters 'Celebrate' Paris Attacks on Social Media

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Crowds leave the Stade de France where explosions were reported to have detonated outside the stadium during the France vs. Germany match near Paris. Gonazlo Fuentes/Reuters

Supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group appear to be celebrating the ongoing attacks in Paris on Twitter.

Paris is currently embroiled in a night of terror, with dozens of hostages trapped inside the Bataclan concert hall. Dozens more have been killed and injured following a shootout and two explosions that occurred during an international soccer game. On Twitter, one of the main hashtags about the attacks, #ParisIsBurning, seems to have been co-opted by supported of ISIS, who are using the Arabic translation, #باريس_تشتعل., which roughly translates to Paris in flames or Paris ignites.

Some of the tweets containing the Arabic hashtag contain photos from the scene of shootings earlier this evening, while others say “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great.” Newsweek is unable to confirm that Twitter users using the hashtag are supporters of ISIS.

French President Francois Hollande addressed the nation about the attacks on Friday night and declared a state of emergency in France. France also closed its borders on Friday night. Police said 60 people have been taken hostage in the Bataclan theatre and 35 people have been killed so far.

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