Paris attacks: Police search suspects’
17 November 2015 Europe
Police probing Friday’s attacks in Paris have
been searching premises they believe were used
by the attackers.
A car rented by Salah Abdeslam, the suspected
eighth gunman who is now the subject of an
international manhunt, is also being inspected.
He or his brother Brahim, named as another
attacker, are thought to have rented a flat and
two hotel rooms.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) group says it
carried out the multiple attacks in which 129
Officials say that 117 of the victims have now
A Belgian-registered black Renault Clio was found
parked near Montmartre in northern Paris. After
police sealed off the area and ensured there was
no booby-trap, the vehicle was towed away for
Investigators believe the car may have been used
to bring the attackers to and from Belgium, from
where French authorities say the attacks were
Images on French media of one of the hotel
rooms being examined show syringes and tubes
which could be bomb-making equipment.
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Salah Abdeslam is believed to have fled across
the border to his native Belgium. Belgian police
have released more pictures of him.
Salah and Brahim’s brother Mohamed Abdeslam
gave an interview to a French TV station in which
he called on Salah to turn himself in.
On Tuesday French media reported that a French
jihadist, Fabien Clain, had been identified as the
voice in a recording issued by Islamic State in
which it said it had carried out the attacks.
In an effort to prevent more attacks, France has
mobilised 115,000 security personnel, according
to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
Mr Cazeneuve said 128 more raids on suspected
militants had been carried out. French warplanes
also carried out fresh strikes against the IS
stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, the army
general staff reported, destroying a command
centre and training centre.
Russia has stepped up its attacks on IS targets in
Syria, dispatching long-range bombers and firing
a volley of cruise missiles.
The strikes follow a statement by Russia’s
security chief that a bomb brought down a
Russian airliner over Egypt last month, killing all
224 people aboard.
Meanwhile, Belgium’s government has raised its
terror threat level because of the failure so far to
arrest Abdeslam. Tuesday’s football match
between the national team and Spain has been
cancelled as a result.
Initial reports said seven arrests near the German
city of Aachen, on the Belgian border were linked
to the Paris operation, but the Interior Minister
Thomas de Maiziere later said none were closely
connected to the attacks.
Also on Tuesday, France invoked a previously
unused clause in the Treaty on European Union
obliging other member states to provide it with
“aid and assistance by all means in their power”.
Within minutes, EU foreign policy chief Federica
Mogherini said all 28 member states had agreed.
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and their aftermath
The measures came as US Secretary of State
John Kerry visited Paris.
After meeting French President Francois Hollande,
he said everyone understood that after Paris and
other recent attacks “we have to step up efforts
to hit them at the core” and improve border
He added that Syria was weeks away from a “big
transition” after international talks in Vienna at
Mr Hollande is due to fly to Washington and
Moscow next week for talks with US and Russian
In a speech to a joint sitting of both houses of
parliament on Monday, President Francois
Hollande suggested the following measures to
combat the threat:
Extension of state of emergency by three
Changes to the constitution to allow the
government to revoke citizenship of any
convicted terrorists of dual nationality.
Currently only those born outside France and
naturalised can lose their citizenship
Measures to speed up expulsion of foreign
nationals considered a threat to public order
Budget increases and extra recruitment to
security forces and judiciary
The attacks in Paris – which also left more than
400 people wounded, with 221 still in hospital,
among them 57 in intensive care – have
galvanised Western countries in their campaign
against the so-called Islamic State.
UK Chancellor George Osborne said in a speech
that IS was trying to develop the ability to
launch deadly cyber-attacks on the UK , an
announced a doubling of the UK’s investment in
Suspected Paris attackers
Salah Abdeslam, 26 – urgently sought by
Brahim Abdeslam, 31 – named as attacker
who died near Bataclan concert hall
Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, from near Paris –
died in attack on Bataclan
Bilal Hadfi, 20 – named as attacker who died
at Stade de France
Ahmad al-Mohammad, 25, from Idlib, Syria –
died at Stade de France (unverified)
Samy Amimour, 28, from near Paris – suicide
bomber at Bataclan
Two other attackers died during the assaults
in the city
Who were the attackers?
Omar Mostefai’s gangster days
The Belgian connection
According to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls,
intelligence services have files on 10,500
individuals who have been radicalised to a
greater or lesser extent.
As well as the attackers themselves, investigators
are also reported to be focusing on a Belgian of
Moroccan descent who is described as the
possible mastermind of the attacks.
Abdelhamid Abaoud, 27, lived in the Molenbeek
neighbourhood of Brussels, as did two of the
attackers, and is now believed to be based in
Syria, where he has risen through the ranks of IS.
What is Islamic State?
IS is a notoriously violent Islamist group which
controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. It has
declared its territory a caliphate – a state
governed in accordance with Islamic law – under
its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
What does it want?
IS demands allegiance from all Muslims, rejects
national borders and seeks to expand its territory.
It follows its own extreme version of Sunni Islam
and regards non-believers as deserving of death.
How strong is IS?
IS projects a powerful image, partly through
propaganda and sheer brutality, and is the
world’s richest insurgent group. It has about
30,000 fighters but is facing daily bombing by a
US-led multi-national coalition, which has vowed
to destroy it.
What is Islamic State?
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