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Pope condemns Paris killings as unjustifiable "inhuman" acts

Pope Francis on Saturday condemned the killings in Paris as unjustifiable “inhuman” acts.

Pope Francis performs the holy trinity in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on 23 September 2015. Picture: AFP.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Saturday condemned the killings in Paris as unjustifiable "inhuman" acts that left him shaken and pained.

Over 125 people, including two gunmen, were killed after attackers stormed the Bataclan Concert Hall in the capital where an American rock band was playing.

"There is no justification for these things," he said in an extremely sombre voice in a telephone call to an Italian Catholic television station.

"This is not human," he said, adding that he was praying for the victims, their families and all the French people.

The attack was one of at least seven individual incidents, including a bombing outside an international football match between France and Germany at the Stade de France on Friday night.

Reports say the gunmen systematically executed people before the police and military stormed the Bataclan hall.

French President Francois Hollande was attending the soccer match but was not harmed. The French football association confirmed three people died in the attack at Stade de France.

WATCH: The moment explosions were heard at the Stade de France.

The violence started out with co-ordinated attacks at the Stade de France, a number of restaurants and the Bataclan theatre.

Reports say a suicide bomber may have detonated explosives outside the stadium.

Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it sent fighters strapped with suicide bombing belts and carrying machine guns to various locations in the heart of the capital.

The attacks were designed to show France would remain a top target for the jihadist group as long as the country continued its current policies, the group said in a statement.

Isis earlier on Saturday distributed an undated video threatening to attack France if bombings of its fighters continued.

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