Paris music hall where 89 were killed to reopen this year

PARIS (AP) — The owners of the Paris concert hall where 89 people were massacred by Islamic extremists say they are aiming to host music shows again before the end of the year.

The Bataclan is an historic venue whose distinctive 19th-century Chinoiserie-style building has been shuttered since the Nov. 13 attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead and 350 others wounded.

In a statement on Wednesday, the club owners said “we’ll do our best to host events before the end of 2016.”

The Bataclan, in Paris’ 11th district near the Place de la Republique, was one of the capital’s top venues for live music before the attacks. In the months since, dignitaries and international music stars including U2 and Madonna have laid flowers there to honor the attack victims.

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