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Paris attacks: Eagles of Death Metal break silence on Bataclan concert

International manhunt continues for prime suspect of attacks Salah Abdeslam

The US rock band that were playing in the Bataclan concert hall which came under fire in Friday's terror attack in France have said they are "horrified" as they try to come to terms with what has happened.

At least three gunmen opened fire on the crowd of 1,500 concert goers at the Eagles of Death Metal gig killing 89 people.

Two of the gunmen then blew themselves up with suicide vests.

Floral tributes and messages lie at the police cordon in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 16, 2015 , three days after terrorist attacks left over 130 dead and more than 350 injured. France prepared to fall silent at noon on November 16 to mourn victims of the Paris attacks after its warplanes pounded the Syrian stronghold of Islamic State, the jihadist group that has claimed responsibility for the slaughter. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images


A British fatality was Nick Alexander, 36, from Colchester, who was selling merchandise for the rock group.

In their first statement posting on Facebook the band said they have returned home and although "bonded in grief" they are "proud to stand together with our new family".

It read: "While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

"Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.

"We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.

"All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.

"Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM."

The post has been shared more than 9,000 times and has generated hundreds of messages of support.

Among the most moving comments is one from a couple who were in the front row.

It read: "They tried to kill me and my wife while dancing in front of our favorite band, thankfully they failed.

"We saw what no one should have to see.

"Our thoughts are with everyone who lost their lives and their relatives.

"The healing can now begin, and it starts with listening to EODM again....

"Peace, Love and Death Metal."

British couple in the Bataclan concert hall returned to rescue a friend

A British couple who were in the Bataclan concert hall attacked by terrorists in Paris have described how they went back inside to rescue a friend hurt in the crush to escape.

Maria and Patrick Moore, from Southampton, were enjoying the gig by US rockers Eagles of Death Metal - who they have seen 63 times in 14 countries - when they heard what they thought were "firecrackers" being let off which turned out to be gunfire.

The couple, who have been married for 29 years and have two grown-up children, were near the front of the stage and managed to escape when Mr Moore, 49, used his wife as a "battering ram" to get to a fire exit.

But as they were managing to get out of the building, they saw friend Brian Sanders tumble and fall under the fleeing crowds and they went back inside to help him.

Mrs Moore, 50, told the Southern Daily Echo: "He was being trodden on so we went back into the doorway and yanked him up.

"We could hear the gunfire getting closer and closer and we ran up the street.

"The lead singer ran past us with his girlfriend saying: 'Run, baby, run'.

"There was the crackle of gunshots and people stumbling on the steps, I can't remember hearing anyone screaming.

"It was all so surreal and the adrenaline took over. It was all a blur."

The couple were unharmed but they had to walk Mr Sanders to hospital for treatment to a broken collarbone as the ambulances gave priority to those with gunshot wounds.

Back at home, Mrs Moore added: "I've just tried to carry on with life, but maybe it's going to hit us later.

"I don't feel different but there's guilt that we got out and other people didn't."

International manhunt continues for prime suspect of attacks Salah Abdeslam

An international manhunt is continuing for the man who is suspected of carrying out the terror attacks in France on Friday.

It is understood French authorities sent out a bulletin to police across Europe asking them to watch out for a Citroen Xsara car that could be carrying Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted in connection with the attacks that left 129 people dead.

Apartment raid suspects 'about to carry out new attacks'

French media are reporting that the suspects targeted in the Saint-Denis raid on Wednesday morning were about to carry out new attacks as early on Thursday in Paris' La Defense business district.

French private radio station RTL has cited a police source making the claims.

The station's website also says that the woman who blew herself up during the police's assault on the Saint-Denis apartment made a phone call just before setting off her explosive vest.

This "could suggest a potential contact with accomplices," RTL claims.

David Cameron: UK 'can't dodge forever' how to dismantle Islamic State

David Cameron has insisted the question of how to dismantle Islamic State (IS) bases in Syria "cannot be dodged forever" as he pushed for Britain to join airstrikes.

The Prime Minister reiterated his determination to stage another Commons vote on extending RAF strikes from Iraq to Syria as he faced off with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs.

"We cannot dodge forever the question of how to degrade Isil both in Iraq and in Syria," he said.

The premier also dismissed suggestions that the UK should only take military action if there was a UN security council resolution, saying he would not "outsource to Russian veto the decisions that we need to keep our country safe".


Paris alleged 'mastermind' targeted in apartment raid

A raid on an apartment in the French suburb where the suspected 'Mastermind' behind the terror attacks in Paris was 'surrounded' in a shoot-out has ended, the French Government has said.

The fate of Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was initially thought to be in Syria remains unclear.

Heavily armed police have been on the scene since 4.30am local time and remain in the area as the operation concludes.

Police were also seen searching a nearby church.

A French Government spokesman said: "We don't know if there are explosives so residents cannot yet return."

Seven people were arrested in the raid, AP news agency have reported.

The French prosecutor has confirmed that two people died in the Saint Denis raid.

Disneyland Paris reopens

Disneyland Paris has reopened today after it shut for the first time since 1992 on Saturday following the terror attacks.

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Disneyland Paris reopens

Air france planes diverted due to security threat

Two Air France flights heading from the United States to Paris have been diverted because of security threats.

Air France said the flights received anonymous threats after they had taken off.

One landed in Halifax in Canada and the other was diverted to Salt Lake City.

'Mastermind' Abdelhamid Abaaoud surrounded in shoot-out, female suicide bomber blows herself up 

Two suspected jihadists have been killed in a shootout during a police siege in northern Paris, including a female suicide bomber who blew herself up.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, from Belgium, is believed to be the target of the raid at an apartment block in the city, according to reports.

He has been named by French officials as the mastermind of the massacre of at least 129 people on Friday and was initially believed to be in Syria.

But police believe Abaaoud was in the apartment with up to five other heavily armed people.

Who is Abdelhamid Abaaoud?



Police anti-terrorist officers raided the apartment in the Saint-Denis suburb just north of the city centre in a pre-dawn operation and a shoot-out followed.

Several people suspected of Friday's deadly attacks were surrounded and French media reported at least two had been killed - including a woman who detonated a suicide vest.

Three other suspects have been arrested.


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Police forces prepare in St. Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Authorities in the Paris suburb of St. Denis are telling residents to stay inside during a large police operation near France's national stadium that two officials say is linked to last week's deadly attacks. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)



The Paris police department said officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects in Saint-Denis and at least four officers were injured.

The area's deputy mayor Stephane Peu told French television it was not a "new attack" and warned residents to stay indoors.

Authorities are also searching for two extremists suspected of taking part in last Friday's attacks.

News of a second unidentified terrorist thought to be directly involved in the Paris atrocity emerged after CCTV indicated there were three extremists involved in the attack on a bar in the city.

It would take the total number of attackers to nine, with seven dead and the eighth surviving gunman, Salah Abdeslam, the subject of an international manhunt.

A seven-year-old police dog has been killed in the Saint Denis standoff the BFMTV has reported.

The seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog, called Diesel, was killed in a shoot-out with a number of suspected terrorists.

A tweet by Police Nationale confirmed the death of the animal from its Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence (RAID) unit.

"Diesel, a seven-year-old Malinois, RAID assault dog, was killed by terrorists in the current operation," they announced.

Timeline of the latest events in the Saint Denis suburb of Paris (all times local unless stated)

04.25 (03.25 GMT) French police and security forces launch a major operation in the north Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, believed to have Abdelhamid Abaaoud, mastermind of Friday's attacks, as its target.

Swarms of Swat police supported by military units are seen surrounding an apartment building in Rue du Cornillon, a historic street in a culturally diverse area less than 1.2 miles (2km) from the Stade de France, where terrorists struck on Friday in the first of a series of attacks that left 129 people dead.

According to a senior French police official, Abaaoud has barricaded himself in the flat with up to five heavily armed accomplices.

In an initial offensive, scores of police officers storm the building, although they are held back when they meet heavy resistance and suffer several casualties.

05.55 Vehicles carrying French soldiers and a number of ambulances are seen rushing towards Saint-Denis

Surrounding roads are sealed off and residents are told to stay indoors

Deputy Mayor Stephane Peu reassures Parisians that police activity, gunfire and explosions are not a sign of a fresh attack but an "intervention"

06.27 A helicopter is seen circling over the apartment block and a pedestrian area at the centre of the siege.

Saint-Denis Mayor Didier Paillard says schools in the area will not open and transport has been stopped.

06.55 More police reinforcements arrive at the scene.


Police hunt mastermind of Paris attacks


07.20 Intense gunfire and at least four explosions are heard in Saint-Denis, with some claiming to have heard the sound of grenades.

Police in riot gear move to clear civilian bystanders from the streets.

07.35 Witnesses describe hearing at least three more explosions likened to grenade blasts coming from the building.

Police officials say several officers have been injured, although their condition is unknown.

07.45 Security forces evacuate around 20 people living in the building at the centre of the stand-off.

It is not clear if children or the elderly are among those rescued. They are said to have been taken 200 yards to the City Hall for protection.

08.20 Police announce that two suspects - a man and a woman - were killed in the operation and two suspects detained, although it is not known if Abaaoud is among them, dead or alive.

Two police officers are said to have suffered injuries in the stand-off.

08.40 It emerges that one of the early explosions heard at the scene was from a woman detonating a suicide vest.

The number of injured police officers rises to four.

09.00 Paris prosecutors announce that three suspects have been arrested in the raid and another man and woman are arrested nearby.

09.20 Police officials in Denmark announce that they have raised the country's internal threat level to "significant elevated preparedness" in response to events in Paris and other European countries.

The country's intelligence agency keeps its own assessment of the risk as "serious".

09.30 One suspect remains in the apartment at the centre of the five-hour siege. The number of arrests rises to five, including one woman.

10.00 French authorities confirm the death of a police dog in the operation.

Mother tells of horror as she lay on floor with baby as guns fired

A woman named Sabrine who lives in an apartment in the Rue de la Republique below where the suspected terrorists are thought to have been holed up told Sky News how she lay down on the floor with her baby.

"I was woken at about four in the morning by gunfire.

"I lay down on the floor with my baby. It was awful. I heard the explosions, dozens of gun shots."

"My ceiling began to collapse, there was dust everywhere. My baby was gripping on to me when he heard the guns go off. It was never-ending.

“I stayed on the floor for about two-and-a-half hours before leaving. The stairwell was destroyed, the building is wrecked. It like a war zone.”


Isis 'snake's head' in Syria is target, says David Cameron

David Cameron has pledged to make the case for RAF air strikes against Isis targets in Syria in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The Prime Minister said that the jihadists - who have claimed responsibility for the bloody wave of assaults in the French capital - represented a "direct and growing threat" to the UK.

Mr Cameron told MPs Raqqa in Syria was the "snake's head" for IS and Britain should be attacking there to "rid the world of this evil".

The statement - which sets up a Commons showdown with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has made clear his opposition to military action - came as France issued an unprecedented demand for its European Union allies to support its military action against IS.

The French government invoked a never-before-used article of the EU's Lisbon Treaty which requires member states to provide "aid and assistance by all the means in their power" to a member that is "the victim of armed aggression on its territory".

Other developments included:

  • Police have been searching a flat and two hotel rooms they believe were used by the attackers, and inspecting a car rented by Salah Abdeslam, the suspected eighth surviving gunman who is now the subject of an international manhunt.
  • French authorities think the black Renault Clio was used by Salah and brother Brahim to ferry the terrorists to and from Belgium, where the attacks were planned.
  • Mohamed Abdeslam, another brother of Salah, has made a TV appeal urging him to turn himself in.
  • A French jihadist, Fabien Clain, has reportedly been identified as the voice in a recording issued by IS claiming responsibility for the atrocities.
  • Officials said 117 of the 129 victims have now been identified.
  • French warplanes have carried out fresh strikes against the IS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, destroying a command centre and training centre.
  • Russia has also ramped up its assault on the extremist group, dropping bombs and firing cruise missiles from a submarine.
  • Belgium's government has raised its terror threat level and cancelled a football match between the national team and Spain.
  • US secretary of state John Kerry has held talks with French president Francois Hollande in Paris, arguing that Syria was on the verge of a "big transition" after international talks in Vienna at the weekend.

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said EU partners could help "either by taking part in France's operations in Syria or Iraq, or by easing the load or providing support for France in other operations".

While Mr Cameron said that he would look very carefully at what Paris was saying, he made clear that he was determined to do all he could to support "our brothers and sisters" in France.

The Prime Minister said he would personally be setting out a "comprehensive strategy" for dealing with IS - also referred to as Isil or Daesh - in a response to a report by the cross-party Commons Affairs Committee which raised a series of concerns about the prospect of further UK military intervention.

"It is in Syria, in Raqqa, that Isil has its headquarters and it is from Raqqa that some of the main threats against this country are planned and orchestrated. Raqqa, if you like, is the head of the snake," Mr Cameron said.

"We face a direct and growing threat to our country and we need to deal with it, not just in Iraq but in Syria too. Our allies are asking us to do this and the case for doing so has only grown stronger after the Paris attacks."

No 10 said there was no date or timetable for a Commons vote on military action in Syria, but the strategy would be set out by the end of the month.

The move comes amid signs that growing numbers of Labour MPs could defy Jeremy Corbyn and back military action - offsetting the Tory rebels who have made clear they would vote against it.

The Labour leader has infuriated many of his own MPs with his response to the Paris attacks - including a suggestion he was "not happy" with the idea the security forces could follow a "shoot-to-kill" policy in the event of a similar attack in the UK.

A series of Labour backbenchers stood up in the House to voice their support for Mr Cameron's position and criticise their own leader.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defence released details of the latest RAF air strikes in Iraq carried out on Monday by RAF Tornado GR4 fighter bombers in support of a Kurdish offensive in the north of the country.

"There was heavy cloud, which may have encouraged the terrorists to assume that they were safe from air attack but, working very closely with the Kurdish forces, the GR4s were able to guide a Paveway on to a large group of over 30 Daesh terrorists who were massing for a counter-attack; the Kurdish unit subsequently reported that the air strike had been highly effective," it said.

The previous day, an unmanned RAF Reaper drone provided "surveillance support" to a wave of French air strikes on Raqqa, carried out in retaliation for the Paris attacks.

Julian Lewis, the Tory MP who chairs the defence committee, said: "What we need is a coherent campaign plan, endorsed by the chiefs of staff, involving the use of regional Muslim forces which are not Islamist, and which are ready to remain as an occupying power for years to come.

"Air strikes will not be decisive unless in support of credible non-Islamist ground forces of this type, and co-operation with the Russians will also be required."

French authorities hunt for second fugitive

French authorities are hunting for a second fugitive directly involved in the Paris terror attacks, while the French government made an unprecedented demand that its EU allies support its military action against Islamic State.

The disclosure of a second possible fugitive came on the same day that France launched new air strikes on the militants' stronghold in Syria, that Vladimir Putin ordered a Russian military cruiser to co-operate with the French on fighting IS in Syria, and that US Secretary of State John Kerry hinted at a possible upcoming cease-fire in Syria.

French and Belgian police were already looking for key suspect Salah Abdeslam, 26, whose suicide-bomber brother Brahim died in the attacks on Friday night that killed at least 129 people and left over 350 wounded in Paris.

Islamic state militants have claimed responsibility for the carnage.

Seven attackers died that night - three around the national stadium, three inside the Bataclan concert hall, and one at a restaurant nearby.

A team of gunmen also opened fire at nightspots in one of Paris' trendiest neighbourhoods.

However, three French officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that an analysis of the attacks showed that one person directly involved in them was unaccounted for. The second fugitive has not been identified.

The French government had earlier invoked a never-before-used article of the EU's Lisbon Treaty obliging members of the 28-nation bloc to give "aid and assistance by all the means in their power" to a member country that is "the victim of armed aggression on its territory".

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said all 27 of France's EU partners responded positively.

He said: "Every country said 'I am going to assist, I am going to help'."

Arriving for talks in Brussels, Greek defence minister Panagiotis Kammenos told reporters that the Paris attacks were a game-changer for the bloc.

"This is September 11 for Europe," he said.

Paris police said 16 people had been arrested in the region in relation to the deadly attacks, and police have carried out 104 raids since a state of emergency was declared on Saturday.

A French military spokesman said the latest air strikes in Islamic State's de-facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa destroyed a command post and training camp.

Nato allies were sharing intelligence and working closely with France, Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

In Moscow, Mr Putin ordered the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, currently in the Mediterranean, to start co-operating with the French military on operations in Syria.

His order came as Russia's defence minister said its war planes fired cruise missiles on militant positions in Syria's Idlib and Aleppo provinces. IS has positions in Aleppo province, while the Nusra militant group is in Idlib.

Moscow has vowed to hunt down those responsible for blowing up a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, killing 224 people, mostly Russian tourists. IS has also claimed responsibility for that attack.

Meanwhile in France, Mohamed Abdeslam, another brother of fugitive Salah Abdeslam, urged his brother to turn himself in.

Mohamed Abdeslam, who was arrested and questioned following the attack before being released on Monday, told French TV BFM that his brother was devout but showed no signs of being a radical Islamist.

He said Salah Abdeslam prayed and attended a mosque occasionally, but also dressed in jeans and pullovers.

In Belgium, two men admitted driving to France to pick up Salah Abdeslam early on Saturday.

Mohammed Amri, 27, denies any involvement in the Paris attacks and says he went to Paris to collect his friend, according to his defence lawyer Xavier Carrette.

Hamza Attou, 21, says he went along to keep Mr Amri company, his lawyer Carine Couquelet said. Both are being held on charges of terrorist murder and conspiracy.

Belgian media reported that Mr Amri and Mr Attou were being investigated as potential suppliers of the suicide bombs used in the attacks, since ammonium nitrate, a fertiliser that can be used to make explosives, was discovered in a search of their residence.

Their defence lawyers said they could not confirm those reports.

Salah and Brahim Abdeslam booked a hotel in the south-eastern Paris suburb of Alfortville and rented a house in the north-eastern suburb of Bobigny several days before the attacks, a French judicial official said.

Austria's Interior Ministry said Salah Abdeslam, the suspected driver of one group of gunmen carrying out the attacks, entered the country about two months ago with two companions that were not identified.

After the attacks, Abdeslam slipped through France's fingers, with French police accidentally permitting him to cross into Belgium on Saturday.

In other developments, German police said five people with possible links to the Paris attacks were arrested on Tuesday near the western city of Aachen, but later released.

Another Belgian car with a shattered front passenger window was found in northern Paris - the third vehicle police identified as having possible links to the attacks.

Belgium was also deploying 300 extra soldiers to help provide security in major cities.

Mr Kerry flew to France as a gesture of solidarity and met Mr Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday.

He said a cease-fire between Syria's government and the opposition - which would allow nations supporting Syria's various factions to focus more on IS - could be just weeks away, describing it as potentially a "gigantic step" toward deeper international co-operation.

Standing next to Mr Hollande at the Elysee Palace, Mr Kerry said the carnage in the French capital, along with recent attacks in Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey, made it clear that more pressure must be brought to bear on Islamic State extremists.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower shut down again on Tuesday, after opening for just a day, and heavily armed troops patrolled the courtyard of the Louvre Museum.

England v France - Football fans arrive at Wembley

Football fans are beginning to arrive at Wembley Stadium ahead of tonight's friendly between England and France - where security will be tightened following Friday's terror attacks.

Prince William and David Cameron are both set to attend the match tonight where armed police will be deployed.

On Friday night suicide bombers detonated three devices outside the Stade de France sports stadium during a match between France and Germany.

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The brother of a man at the centre of an international manhunt has spoken out saying his family is in shock.

Mohammad Abdeslam is the brother of Salah Abdeslam who is the prime suspect of the Paris attacks and is on the run.

AP news agency reports that he has called for his brother to turn himself in during a TV interview.

Police believe Mohammed Abdeslam had no knowledge of Friday's events.

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Mohammad Abdeslam says his family is in shock. His brother, Salah Abdeslam, is the prime suspect of the Paris attacks and is on the run.


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David Cameron makes case for bombing in Syria

Britain should attack the "head of the snake" in Syria, David Cameron has said as he vowed to MPs to make the case for bombing in Syria in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

The Prime Minister said he would personally respond to a Foreign Affairs Select Committee report expressing grave reservations about expanding British bombing with a comprehensive military and diplomatic strategy.

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Prime Minister David Cameron speaking about the Paris attacks in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 17, 2015. See PA story POLICE Paris. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

In a Commons statement, Mr Cameron said he wants to "do the right thing for our country", and after telling MPs he would attend tonight's England-France match at Wembley, he added: "Our people stand together as they have done so many times in history against evil. Once again together, we will prevail."

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Paris attacks: Father erases young son's fears in incredible conversation

It's an exchange that is sure to enchant and bring hope to many as a father helps his little boy transition from fear to realising that love will conquer hate.

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Father and son have moving conversation about Paris attacks. Le Petit Journal


Watch this incredible interview posted by the French news broadcast Le Petit Journal where the reporter asks a young boy if he understands the attacks that happened on Friday which killed at least 129 people in Paris and injured hundreds more.

Husband of Paris attack victim gives defiant message to attackers

The husband of a woman killed in the Paris attacks has paid an emotional tribute to the "love of my life" as he gives a defiant message to her attackers.

Antoine Leiris, whose wife Helene Muyal-Leiris was among the 89 killed in the Bataclan concert hall attack on Friday, posted an touching message on Facebook which has been shared more than 60,000 times.

Mr Leiris said he and his son are "stronger than all the armies in the world" and that his little boy will "threaten you by being happy and free."

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Paris attacks: Husband pays tribute to 'love of his life' in defiant message to attackers 

Three people arrested in Germany

Three people have been arrested in Germany by police investigating Friday's terror attacks on Paris, according to reports.

The two women and a man have been arrested near Aachen which is situated where Germany's borders in the Netherlands and Belgium meet.

Car found in Paris

Police have been examining a black Renault Clio with Belgian plates which sources have told French media may have served in the preparation of the attacks.

Investigators believe that two safe houses in the Paris suburbs were used by the attackers.

EURO 2016 finals in France 'will go ahead'

The Euro 2016 finals in France will go ahead, the French Sports Minister has said.

Patrick Kanner said: "The Euro will be staged in conditions of maximum security, strengthened as a result of the events which we have just lived through. There is no question of cancelling this great popular festival."

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland's football teams have both qualified for the tournament which is set to take part in June 2016.

BBC breakfast reporter breaks down during live broadcast about hope

A BBC breakfast reporter broke down during a live broadcast from Paris as he spoke of hope for France.

Graham Satchell was standing in front of one of the memorial in the city when he spoke of the Eiffel Tower being lit up again in the colours of the French flag.

He said: "The feeling here in Paris has certainly changed significantly since we arrived on Saturday when Paris was a ghost town.

"Last night it was incredibly busy. There were vigils here, there were vigils at the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was lit up in red, white and blue, which I think is a sign of hope."

As he passed back to the studio his voice began to crack with emotion.

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BBC reporter Graham Satchell breaks down during live report in Paris.

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International manhunt continues for suspected only surviving attacker

An international manhunt is continuing for the only suspected survivor of the three groups of gunmen and bombers who carried out a rampage in Paris on Friday night.

There was confusion on Monday afternoon as reports emerged from Belgium that Salah Abdeslam had been arrested.

The 26-year-old rented a car used to carry gunmen to the Bataclan music venue in Paris.

The French authorities missed an opportunity to detain their target hours after the carnage in Paris when he was questioned and released on Saturday morning.

Officers had him in their grasp when they stopped the car carrying him and two other men near the Belgian border. On Monday, Belgian police surrounded a suspected hideout in the search for him but came up empty-handed after charging into the property.

The arrest warrant describes Abdeslam, a Frenchman born in Brussels, as very dangerous and warns people not to intervene if they see him.

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Survivor of La Belle Equipe restaurant attack so traumatised she can 'only say the name of the man who saved her life'

Parisian Chloe Clement was at the restaurant attending a birthday celebration when gunmen opened fire on Friday night killing 19 people.

Miss Clements's friend, 40-year-old Ludovic Boumbas, was one of those killed.

He was fatally wounded as he shielded her from the bullets.

She is now recovering in hospital having been shot in the arm. But is reportedly so traumatised that she lies in bed repeating Mr Boumbas' name according to MailOnline.


Members of the public look at floral tributes and messages at La Belle Equipe cafe on Rue de Charonne following Friday's terrorist attack on November 16, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)


Leading Islamic State terror suspect still in Ireland - thanks to Irish-born son

Ireland's top Islamic State terror suspect successfully fought off a deportation order on the grounds that he has an Irish-born son.

The middle-aged man, who first came to Ireland as a refugee more than a decade ago, is the leader of a small Irish-based network providing logistical support for Isil fighters travelling to Iraq.

The "businessman", who lives in Dublin, was issued with a ministerial deportation order a number of years ago as a result of his connections to Islamic terror groups.

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Paris attacks: Leading Islamic State terror suspect still in Ireland - thanks to Irish-born son 

Police carry out 128 overnight raids

Around 128 raids have been carried out overnight targeting addresses linked to suspected Islamist extremists, the interior minister said.

Bernard Cazeneuve told radio station France Info that "the majority of those who were involved in this attack were unknown to our services".

He said 115,000 police and soldiers have been mobilised to protect French citizens in the wake of Friday's terror attacks in Paris.

What we know so far about those behind massacre

  • Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud was named by a French official as the "presumed" mastermind of the co-ordinated attacks.

An Islamic State (IS) jihadi in his late 20s, he was linked to a thwarted attack on a high-speed train in August which was stopped as it sped towards Paris when passengers overpowered a gunman, and an attack on a church in the Paris area.

Abaaoud grew up in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, which has emerged as a key focus of investigations into the Paris atrocity, and is said to have recruited his 13-year-old brother to join him in Syria and become one of IS's youngest fighters.

He is well known to followers of IS and last year a video emerged of him and friends loading a pick-up truck and a trailer with a pile of bloody bodies.

Before driving off in the footage, Abaaoud told the camera: "Before we towed jet skis, motorcycles, quad bikes, big trailers filled with gifts for vacation in Morocco. Now, thank God, following God's path, we're towing apostates."

His whereabouts are unknown, but the IS magazine Dabiq suggested he escaped to Syria earlier this year.

Paris attacks: What we know about Abdelhamid Abaaoud identified as suspected 'mastermind' of Paris attacks 

  • Samy Amimour was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Bataclan music hall, the Paris prosecutor's office said. A 28-year-old Frenchman, he was known to French intelligence services but apparently slipped through the security net.

He was charged with terror offences in 2012 over an attempted trip to Yemen and links to a network of terror sympathisers and was placed under judicial supervision.

He disappeared the following year and is thought to have joined up with IS in Syria, and an international arrest warrant was issued for him.

Amimour lived at home and had briefly worked as a bus driver, and his father told France's Le Monde newspaper he had travelled to land held by IS last year to try to persuade his son to leave Syria.

Amimour was not interested in what his father said and walked with crutches. The father, who has not been named, said his son was with another man who never left them alone and that he did not tell his father how he was wounded or whether he had been fighting.

After his son's friends showed him horrendous videos of people being murdered, the father left the area for Turkey.

Three members of Amimour's family were arrested on Monday morning, French prosecutors said.

A suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the Stade de France, the country's national sports stadium, was found with a Syrian passport with the name Ahmad Al Mohammad.

It describes a 25 year old born in Idlib, a rebel-held city in north-west Syria, and the Paris prosecutor's office said fingerprints from the attacker match those of a person who travelled through Greece last month.

Greek officials said someone bearing Al Mohammad's passport was processed on the island of Leros, having arrived there from Turkey. He stayed on the island for five days before travelling to Athens by ship, where authorities stopped tracking him.

It is unclear whether the passport belongs to the attacker.

  • Omar Ismael Mostefai, 29, was previously flagged for links to Islamic radicalism, and was named by police after being identified through remains found at the Bataclan music hall.

It was claimed that Turkish authorities identified him as a possible terror suspect in October last year, flagging him up to their French counterparts two months later and again in June this year.

He lived with his family in the French city of Chartres until about two years ago, working as a baker and playing football with colleagues. Residents said he was "very discreet" and his family was "very nice", describing him as a "reserved young man".

He attended the local mosque with his father until about two years ago, but an Islamic association leader said he showed no signs of being a fanatic.

French police officials believe Mostefai travelled to Syria in the past few years, and that more recently he was placed under increased surveillance.

  • Brahim Abdeslam, Salah's elder brother, was named by a judicial source in France as one of the attackers.

The 31 year old was identified by police as the suicide bomber who blew himself up on Boulevard Voltaire. But his mother said he "did not mean to kill anyone" and believes he may have detonated his suicide vest because of "stress".

Another brother, Mohamed Abdeslam, was released without charge on Monday after he was detained at the weekend.

Another suicide bomber was named as Bilal Hadfi, thought to be 20, one of three who attacked the Stade de France. He is said to have fought with Islamic State in Syria.

An international manhunt is continuing for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who rented a car used to carry gunmen to the Bataclan music venue in Paris.

France carry out second night of airstrikes against Isis

France has conducted a second night of airstrikes against Isis in the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa, Syria.

Ten French jets launched from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, the second set in 24 hours.

They targeted a jihadi command centre and training centre, according to a military spokesman.

The strikes follow a series of terror attacks claimed by the so-called Islamic State that killed at least 132 people in Paris on Friday night.

Last night, France's President, Francois Hollande, said "France is at war" and vowed to step up the bombing campaign, as well as to join forces with both Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama in an effort to create a unified response to the threat of Isis.

Parisians return to work for the first time since Friday's terror attacks

Police were forced to move piles of flowers, candles and messages from a temporary shrine near the Bataclan theatre - scene of the weekend's bloodiest massacre - after reopening the Boulevard Voltaire on which the entertainment venue stands.

While several businesses showed stoicism and a desire for normality during the last three days of national mourning, many people were returning to work for the first time today.


The French national flag, candles and flowers are seen on November 17, 2015 at a makeshift memorial in front of the "Le petit Cambodge" restaurant in Paris, in tribute to the victims of the attacks claimed by Islamic State which killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 injured on November 13. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images



Paris attacks: Punk heroes Stiff Little Fingers vow to play concert in the French capital

Ulster punk legends Stiff Little Fingers have insisted their show will go on in Paris tonight - because they know what it's like to be deprived of gigs due to terrorism.


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Stiff Little Fingers will play a gig in Paris tonight


Many major international acts including U2, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Motorhead pulled their Paris shows after the devastating shootings that killed 129 people on Friday night.

On the Stiff Little Fingers official Facebook page, the band paid tribute to the victims of Friday's massacre, which included 89 music fans at an Eagles of Death Metal gig in the Bataclan concert hall.


France wants to unite with the US and Russia to fight Isis

France wants to unite with the US and Russia in a grand coalition dedicated to fighting Islamic State, French president Francois Hollande has said.

The announcement came as authorities worldwide struggled to pinpoint those responsible for the deadliest attacks on France since World War II.

Mr Hollande said: "The faces of the dead people, of the wounded, of the families don't leave my mind."

He spoke after France and many allies observed a minute of silence in honour of the 129 killed and 350 wounded when three teams of IS attackers targeted the national stadium, a rock concert and four nightspots with assault gun fire and suicide bombs on Friday.

"In my determination to combat terrorism, I want France to remain itself. The barbarians who attack France would like to disfigure it. They will not make it change," Mr Hollande declared. "They must never be able to spoil France's soul."

Mr Hollande also said he would present a bill on Wednesday seeking to extend the state of emergency - granting the police and military greater powers of search and arrest, and local governments the right to suspend demonstrations and impose curfews - for another three months.

In neighbouring Belgium, the base for many of the attackers, police surrounded a suspected hideout for a man identified as a driver for the attackers, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, but came up empty after charging into the property.

In Paris, officials identified the alleged Belgian mastermind of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to be beyond reach in Syria.

Earlier on Monday, thousands clasped hands outside some of the bullet-riddled nightspots as children returned to school and city authorities vowed to resume normal life as quickly as possible.

In a powerful symbolic move, the Eiffel Tower reopened to tourists after a two-day shutdown.

As darkness fell it was floodlit in the red, white and blue of the French flag along with a projection of Paris' motto of "tossed but not sunk", suggesting an unsinkable city tossed in the waves.

Mr Hollande said the United States and Russia needed to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and "fight this terrorist army in a single coalition".

He said he hoped to meet soon with US president Barack Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, although he did not specify whether they would all meet together.

As France intensified its air strikes overnight on suspected IS power bases in Syria, police struggled to achieve a breakthrough in their hunt for militants who survived Friday's assaults.

Six blew themselves up with suicide belts while police shot to death a seventh.

Iraqi officials said their intelligence agency suggested that 19 attackers and five back-up activists committed the carnage, an assertion not publicly supported by Western intelligence agencies.

France has issued an arrest warrant for Abdeslam, who was identified as the alleged driver of a rental car that delivered attackers to a rock concert inside a nightclub in which 89 died.

That car, rented by Abdeslam, was found abandoned on Paris' east side with several assault rifles and clips of ammunition still inside.

French border police had stopped him on Saturday but unwittingly allowed him to travel on to Belgium, unaware of an arrest warrant that had been issued in Paris that described him as extremely dangerous.

Belgian police on Monday donned balaclavas and assault rifles as they mounted a tense hourslong standoff outside Abdeslam's suspected hideout in the Brussels district of Molenbeek but made no arrests after storming the residence.

One of Abdeslam's brothers, Brahim, blew himself up outside a Paris restaurant, killing one civilian, during Friday night's attack.

Another brother, Mohamed, was detained by Belgian police but released without charge on Monday.

His lawyer, Nathalie Gallant, said that, unlike his two brothers, Mohammed Abdeslam "didn't make the same life choice" and had not been "tempted into jihadism".

Across France, police utilising emergency powers said they raided 168 properties and arrested 127 people, 104 of whom were placed under house arrest, in search of members of a suspected sleeper cell of Islamic State activists.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said police seized a Kalashnikov assault rifle and other weapons during the overnight raids.

In hopes of killing Islamic State organisers and trainees, France overnight launched its heaviest air strikes yet on the city of Raqqa, the group's de-facto capital in Syria.

French authorities said Sunday night's bombings destroyed a jihadi training camp and munitions dump.

The Defence Ministry said that 12 aircraft based in Jordan and the Persian Gulf dropped a total of 20 bombs.

It called the operation the largest attack by French air power since France joined the US-led coalition in targeting suspected IS power bases in Syria in September.

In Paris, harrowing accounts of survival continued to emerge, particularly from the Bataclan theatre, where three attackers shot into the fleeing crowd.

Two then detonated suicide vests as police stormed the building, fatally shooting the third attacker.

Julien Pearce, a journalist at Europe 1 radio who escaped by crawling onto the Bataclan stage, said he got a good look at one attacker who appeared "very young".

"That's what struck me: his childish face, very determined, cold, calm, frightening," Mr Pearce said.

Paris remains on edge amid three days of official mourning. French troops have deployed by the thousands in support of police to restore a sense of security in one of the world's most visited cities.


Armed police to patrol friendly between England and France at Wembley

Armed police will be deployed at the friendly football match between England and France at Wembley, after the Paris attacks on Friday.

Fans going to the game have been told to expect an increased police presence at transport hubs and "in and around" the stadium, including armed officers.

Deputy assistant commander Peter Terry, from the Met's Specialist Crime and Operations Command, said: "We've reassessed what security we think we need for tomorrow night's occasion, which will of course be a fairly sombre occasion especially considering who we're playing."

President Hollande - France is at war

France's current state of emergency could be extended for three months, President Hollande has said.

President Francois Hollande told a rare joint sitting of both houses of parliament that he would take a bill to extend the state of emergency declared.

He said that "France is at war" following the attacks on Friday.

He will meet with US and Russian leaders to discuss efforts to destroy the Islamic State. President Hollande said the Paris attacks were planned in Syria, organised in Belgium and carried out in France.

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Barack Obama: Paris attacks terrible setback in fight against Islamic State

US president Barack Obama said the Paris terror attacks were a "terrible and sickening setback" in the fight against Islamic State, but showed no indication of substantially changing his approach to defeating the group.

Closing two days of talks with world leaders in Turkey, Mr Obama forcefully dismissed calls from critics - including some Republican presidential candidates - to send US ground troops into Syria.

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Co Down photographer Tom McGeehan says the attack is not enough to make him leave Paris

He told BBC Good Morning Ulster: "I tried my best to stay with close friends and people who were affected to try and keep a bit of optistm.

"I think especially coming from the background of Belfast we have unfortunately grown accustomed to dealing with extreme violence

"This isn't enough to make me leave it's just enough to make me really cherish the people I know here."

"There was a pile of bad guys" - Coleraine Dad tells young children why Disneyland was closed

John Lynn from Coleraine travelled to Disneyland Paris with his family on Friday night.

He then had to explain to his young children why the attraction had been closed.

He told Good Morning Ulster: "How do you explain it to kids? I just basically said there was a pile of bad guys and something had happened in Paris and that's why Disneyland was closed."

Two facing terrorism charges

Two men arrested after the Paris attacks are being held on terrorism charges, Belgian federal prosecutors said.

A statement from the prosecutors office said the pair were charged "with a terrorist act and participation in the activities of a terrorist group".

The five others detained at the weekend were freed without charge.

Islamic State release video threatening attacks on countries taking part in Syria airstrikes

Islamic State has reportedly released a video threatening attacks on the US and other countries taking part in airstrikes in Syria.

It has not yet been possible to verify the authenticity of the video which purports to be that of IS fighters in the Iraqi province of Salahuddine, north of Baghdad, Sky News has reported.

The video says: "We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day God willing, like France's and by God, as we struck France in the centre of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its centre in Washington," the video said.

"I say to the European countries that we are coming, coming with booby traps and explosives, coming with explosive belts and (gun) silencers and you will be unable to stop us because today we are much stronger than before."

Meanwhile in response to the attacks Anonymous have declared "war" on Isis.

In a video it said: "Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.

"You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.

“We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.

“Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.

“The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger.”

Bataclan concert hall owners: No words to express our sorrow

The owners of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris have said there are "no words" to express their sorrow as they thanked people for the support they had received since Friday's massacre.

Eighty-nine music fans were killed and more than 100 injured by gunmen who fired indiscriminately at the crowd during a concert by American rock band Eagles Of Death Metal.

Floral tributes and messages lie at the police cordon in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on November 16, 2015 , three days after terrorist attacks left over 130 dead and more than 350 injured. France prepared to fall silent at noon on November 16 to mourn victims of the Paris attacks after its warplanes pounded the Syrian stronghold of Islamic State, the jihadist group that has claimed responsibility for the slaughter. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images


As the terrorists held people hostage, armed French police stormed the building and shot one dead, while two others blew themselves up using suicide vests. Another gunman died nearby.

In a statement in French, posted on Twitter, they said: "Dear friends, there are no words to express our sorrow.

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Paris attacks - Bataclan owners: No words to express our sorrow 

Mother of Paris suicide bomber claims son 'did not mean to kill anyone'

The mother of one of the Paris suicide bombers has claimed her son “did not mean to kill anyone”, as his family said that he may have blown himself up because of stress.

Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, detonated a suicide vest outside the Comptoir Voltaire café, yards from the Bataclan concert hall where more than 80 people died on Friday night.

Forensic police search for evidences inside the Comptoire Voltaire cafe at the site of an attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, after a series of gun attacks occurred across the city. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images


Abdeslam was one of three brothers, from Belgium, being suspected of being linked to the attacks which killed 129 people.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, became France's most wanted man after being stopped and let go by police.

The third brother, Mohamed Abdeslam, a former council worker, was arrested in Molenbeek in western Brussels, a day after the attacks in the French capital.

Speaking outside the family home in the suburb of Molenbeek, in Western Brussels, the trio’s mother told Het Laatste Nieuws that the family were sure that Ibrahim did not plan to kill anyone and may have blown himself up by accident.


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Paris attacks: Mother of suicide bomber says he 'did not mean to kill anyone' 

Brother of Paris suicide attacker released

One of the brothers of a suicide bomber involved in the Paris terror attacks has been released, his lawyer said.

Mohamed Abdeslam, who had been arrested over the weekend, is the brother of Brahim Abdeslam who died when he detonated his suicide vest on Friday.

Another brother, Salah Abdeslam, is the object of a massive manhunt.

Mohamed Abdeslam's lawyer Nathalie Gallant told the RTL network that her client "hadn't made the same choice of life".

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French police raid 168 locations across the country after Paris terror attacks 


Major manhunt operation in Belgium

A major police operation is underway in Belgium amid a manhunt for a suspect of the Paris attacks described as France's most wanted man.

The French interior minister has said that a total of 168 locations across France have been raided overnight.

Bernard Cazeneuve said that 104 people have been placed under house arrest in the past 48 hours.

Heavily armed police are currently in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek amid a manhunt for Salah Abdeslam.

There has been conflicting reports with some suggesting he has already been arrested by police - this has yet to be confirmed.

Police arrested three suspects in Molenbeek on Saturday and continued house searches. The special action began early on Monday.

Neighbours were told to stay away from the street where masked police have sealed off a section.

A Belgian man had earlier been identified as the suspected mastermind of the attacks.

The Belgian prosecuter has told AFP that five of the seven suspects have been released including Mohammed Abdeslam the brother of suspect suicide bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said Mohammed Abdeslam had been released without charge.


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French police raid 168 locations across the country after Paris terror attacks 

Minute of silence held across Europe

Three hundred people gathered at the Place de Republique at midday.

At the end of the silence the crowd burst into applause - there were similar scenes at neighbouring locations where 129 people were killed including the Bataclan Theatre.

In Belfast at 11am a minute's silence was held across the country.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Arder Carson, and Honorary French Consulate, Regine McCullough, were among those taking part in the tribute.

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Paris attacks: Book of condolence opens at Belfast City Hall 

Stormont leads Northern Ireland in silence to remember Paris victims 

Picture - Kevin Scott Belfast , UK - NOVEMBER 16 : A moments silence is held in the Christmas Market as a Book of Condolence opened for French victims at Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 16 (Photo by Kevin Scott )


Former Belfast priest: You didn’t know where the next shot was going to be fired

A former Belfast priest who is stationed in Paris has described the horror of the terror attacks and said panic gripped the streets of the French capital.


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Father Aidan Troy, from Wicklow, for many years was based at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne.

Father Aidan Troy, from Wicklow, for many years was based at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne.

He is now the parish priest in St Joseph’s Catholic Church, near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, said that he was with three French families for a meal in a house in the city when news of the attacks broke.

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Young Irishman praised for shielding girlfriend during concert hall attack

A young Irishman who was hit during the terror attack on the Bataclan rock venue has been hailed a hero for protecting his girlfriend and others during the shooting.

The man was at the Eagles of Death Metal gig in Paris with his girlfriend when gunmen opened fire on the crowd.

He was shot at point-blank range with a Kalashnikov assault rifle when the concert of the American rock band came under siege.

The man suffered severe trauma to the leg from the impact of the high-velocity bullet.

But it is understood that he lay across his partner in a bid to save her from the hail of bullets during the terrifying ordeal.

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The face of alleged mastermind behind massacre

This is the face of Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks which killed more than 100 people in a rampage.

Abaaoud allegedly oversaw the attack and funded it.


Abdelhamid Abaaoud is believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris attacks.

RTL radio in France reported that 27-year-old Abaaoud is “one of the most active Isis executioners” in Syria.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud is also believed to be linked to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church in the Paris area, an official said.

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Paris terror attacks 'mastermind' named amid security crackdown 

Police arrest suspect Salah Abdeslam, reports

Belgian broadcaster RTL reports that police have arrested Salah Abdeslam, suspected of being involved in the Paris attacks, in the Belgian suburb of Molenbeek.

Abdeslam was the subject of the French police wanted order.

It has not yet been confirmed.

French police arrest notice for Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the terror attacks in central Paris.


Police officers are pictured as an operation takes place in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on November 16, 2015. Belgian police launched a major new operation in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, where several suspects in the Paris attacks had previously lived, AFP journalists said. Armed police stood in front of a police van blocking a street in the run-down area of the capital while Belgian media said officers had surrounded a house. Belgian prosecutors had no immediate comment. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images



Police officers man a cordon as an operation takes place in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on November 16, 2015. Belgian police launched a major new operation in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, where several suspects in the Paris attacks had previously lived, AFP journalists said. Armed police stood in front of a police van blocking a street in the run-down area of the capital while Belgian media said officers had surrounded a house. Belgian prosecutors had no immediate comment.. AFP PHOTO / BELGA / BENOIT DOPPAGNEBENOIT DOPPAGNE/AFP/Getty Images


Suspected attackers - what we know so far

Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud was named by a French official as the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks. The official said he has been linked to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church in the Paris area.

Samy Amimour was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Bataclan music hall, the Paris prosecutor's office said. A 28-year-old Frenchman, he was known to French intelligence services. He was charged with terror offences in 2012 and was placed under judicial supervision. But he later disappeared and an international arrest warrant was issued for him. Three of his relatives were arrested early today, prosecutors said.

A suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the Stade de France, the country's national sports stadium, was found with a Syrian passport bearing the name Ahmad Al Mohammad. The 25-year-old was born in Idlib, a city in north-west Syria, and the Paris prosecutor's office said fingerprints from the attacker match those of a person who travelled through Greece last month.

Brahim Abdeslam, Salah's elder brother, was named by a judicial source in France as one of the attackers. The 31-year-old was identified by police as the suicide bomber who blew himself up on Boulevard Voltaire.

Another suicide bomber was named as 20-year-old Bilal Hadfi, one of three who attacked the Stade de France. He is said to have fought with Islamic State in Syria.

Ismael Mostefai, 29, was identified as another attacker. Previously flagged for links to Islamic radicalism, he had been named by police after being identified through remains found at the Bataclan music hall.

Silence across the UK

A one minute silence is being held in the UK at 11am today while France and the rest of Europe pause at noon local time.

A book of condolence has opened at Belfast City Hall for victims of the attacks.


Picture - Kevin Scott Belfast , UK - NOVEMBER 16 : Lord Mayor Arder Carson, Book of Condolence opened for French victims at Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 16 (Photo by Kevin Scott )



The Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Parliament will pause at 11.

Military bases across Northern Irleand will remember the victims of the Paris attacks at 11am. This includes Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, Palace Barracks in Holywood and also at the Training Bases in Ballykinler, County Down and Magilligan, County Londonderry as well as at reserve bases.

International manhunt continues for France's 'most wanted man'

An international manhunt continues for a suspect linked to the Paris attacks as the UK are preparing to recruit almost 2,000 more spies to counter the Islamic State threat.

Police across Europe are searching for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who rented a car used to carry gunmen to the Bataclan music venue in Paris which became the scene of a massacre.

Britons have been urged to join a Europe-wide minute's silence at 11am to remember the 129 people killed in the rampage in the French capital.

David Cameron will join world leaders at the G20 summit in Turkey in observing the silence in remembrance of the victims.

Police let suspect go

The French authorities missed an opportunity to detain their target Abdeslam just hours after the carnage in Paris when he was questioned and released on Saturday morning.

French police arrest notice for Salah Abdeslam, a suspect in the terror attacks in central Paris.


Officers had Abdeslam in their grasp when they stopped the car carrying him and two other men near the Belgian border.

Abdeslam is one of three brothers suspected of involvement in the Paris attacks.

Another has been named as Brahim. The 31 year-old suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the Bataclan on Boulevard Voltaire.

A third brother was arrested in Belgium.

The Independent reports that prosecutors have confirmed the identity of the fourth named suicide bomber. He is  Samy Amimour, born in 1987 in Paris, living in Drancy. Amimour was one of the suicide bombers at the Bataclan theatre.

He was reportedly known to security services following a terror case in 2012.

In a disclosure that will deepen concerns over possible intelligence failures, officials revealed that Amimour had been charged in a terror probe in 2012 over claims he planned to travel to Yemen.

The fifth named attacker is Ahmad Al Mohammad who blew himself up at the Stade de France. . He was born on 10 September 1990 in Idlib, Syria, if the passport found near his body was authentic

France launches air strikes on Syria

IS - also known as Isil and Daesh - has claimed responsibility for the Paris atrocities which killed at least 129 people and French forces struck back with a massive bombardment of the jihadist group's stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.

Twelve aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, dropped 20 bombs, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials claimed the attacks on Paris were planned.

British police and spies are working closely with counterparts in France and Belgium to identify and pursue those behind the Paris massacre.

Rocket launcher found in raids across five locations in France

Police have seized a rocket launcher as they carried out raids in five locations Bobigny and Saint-Denis in Paris, Toulouse, Grenoble and Jeumont.

French PM Manuel Valls told radio station RTL that more than 150 searches have taken place across the country in the wake of terror attacks in Paris on Friday.

Sixty searches in Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille and Toulouse resulted in the rocket launcher, flak jackets, 15 hand guns and eight other "weapons of war" being seized, according to Le Figaro.

Security has been beefed up in UK cities and ports as Britons were urged to remain vigilant, although the terror threat level has not been changed from the second-highest "severe" rating.

Seven terrorist attacks thwarted in the last six months

Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that seven terrorist attacks have been thwarted in the last six months. He made the revelation as he announced a 15% increase in the 12,700-strong staff of the security and intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ with the recruitment of an additional 1,900 personnel.

The security and intelligence services will receive a major funding boost in response to the IS threat, which has been blamed for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt and the Paris attack in recent weeks.

Spending on aviation security will increase to at least double the current £9 million a year.

The Prime Minister said the UK was engaged in a "generational struggle" against extremist terror. The additional spending will help "combat those who would destroy us and our values" and allow Britons to "continue with our way of life we hold so dear".

More details have emerged about the IS attack which was the worst terrorist outrage in Europe for more than a decade, leaving at least 129 dead and 350 wounded.

  •  Prosecutors believe three teams of terrorists carried out the co-ordinated attacks
  •  As many as three of the seven suicide terrorists killed on Friday night were French. Two were Frenchmen living in Brussels
  •  Bilal Hadfi has been named as one of the assailants and is said to have fought with IS in Syria. The 20-year-old, was identified by police as one of the three suicide bombers at the Stade de France.
  • Three Kalashnikov assault rifles were discovered inside the Seat car used in the attacks which was found in the suburb of Montreuil, four miles east of Paris
  • One of the attackers was identified as 29-year-old Frenchman Ismael Mostefai, who had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism
  • Seven people have been arrested in Belgium and six in France in connection with the killings, including Mostefai's father and brother. More arrests were reported by French media overnight in Grenoble, in the south-east of the country

French media reported there had been arrests in Grenoble, in south-eastern France, where anti-terror officers had recovered firearms and cash.

At least one of the men arrested in Belgium was a French national.

It has been reported that one of the attackers passed through Europe as a refugee using a Syrian passport to enter Greece. The passport was also registered in Serbia and Croatia. The name on the passport was Ahmad Almohammad, according to reports

The only British fatality confirmed so far is Nick Alexander, 36, from Colchester, who was selling merchandise for rock group Eagles of Death Metal when their gig at the Bataclan was targeted.

Video has emerged of the moment the terrorists attacked, firing repeatedly at fans as band members fled the stage.

The UK's ambassador in Paris, Peter Ricketts, laid flowers at an impromptu shrine outside the venue today, describing it as "intensely moving".

In a sign of the continued tension in Paris, the Place de la Republique - where huge crowds had gathered - was suddenly evacuated with people fleeing in terror.

The square, where Channel 4 News was broadcasting live at the time, was reopened after it was confirmed the panic was the result of a false alarm.

Speaking from the G20 summit in Turkey, Mr Cameron said Europe would be safer if the threat from IS - also known as Isil - was dealt with.

He said: "It's become even more clear that our safety and security depends on degrading and ultimately destroying Isil whether it's in Iraq or Syria.

"We're playing a huge role in that already in Iraq. Others are taking action in Syria which we both support and enable, but we've got to keep on making the case that we will be safer in the UK, in France, right across Europe if we destroy this death cult once and for all."

It has emerged Iraqi intelligence warned countries in the US-led coalition against IS, including France, of an imminent assault the day before the Paris attacks.

But the Iraqi dispatch provided no details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official described it as the kind of warning French intelligence gets "all the time" and "every day".

From Beirut to Sousse: Paris attacks the latest in a string of terrorist massacres around the world

The terror that unfolded in Paris has been described as the worst violence to hit France since the Second World War.

Terrorists have used different methods to inflict destruction around the world in recent years. Here are some of the most horrific attacks in recent times:

Beirut bombings

On Thursday, 41 people were killed and at least 239 wounded in two suicide bombings in the deadliest bombing in the capital since the end of Lebanon's civil war in 1990.

The so-called slamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility. Hezbollah forces are currently fighting Isis in neighbouring Syria.

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2,000 slaughtered in Nigeria

As the world's media coverage focused on the Charlie Hebo attacks in Paris in January this year another terror attack was unfolding , more than 2000 Nigerians were reported to have been killed by Islamist militants Boko Haram.

The attack in Baga in the north-eastern state of Borno was described by Amnesty International as the group's 'deadliest massacre'. Local authorities said they had given up counting the bodies as more than 30,000 were forced to flee their homes.

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Kenya school attacks

147 people were murdered and at least 79 injured in an attack by al-Shabab on Garissa University, Kenya in April.

It was the deadliest assault yet by the Islamist group. Using explosives to blast away the main gate, Islamist militants forced their way into the campus of Garissa University College at 5.30am, shooting dead a security guard before storming a hostel.

As with the Baga attacks, some users on social media questioned the media coverage of this attack and subsequent social media response. Some posts have asked where were Kenyan flag filters on Facebook following this attack.

"When 147 Kenyans were murdered, I didn’t see anybody changing their profile pic," said one user this morning.

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Anders Behring Breivik

In 2011 77 people were killed by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik in Norway.

Breivik, who is serving a 21-year prison sentence, confessed to the bomb attack at government headquarters that killed eight people and a shooting rampage at a youth camp on Utoya island where he murdered 69 others.

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Omagh bomb

On August 15, 1998, 29 victims - who included a woman pregnant with twins - died after a dissident republican car bomb detonated in Omagh town centre on a busy Saturday afternoon.

It was the single bloodiest terrorist attack in the history of the Northern Ireland Troubles and came only months after the signing of the historic Good Friday Agreement.

More than 200 were injured when the 500lb car bomb, planted by the Real IRA, ripped through the Co Tyrone market town.

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Nearly 3,000 people, including 67 Britons, were killed after Islamist extremists hijacked passenger jets and flew them into New York's World Trade Centre twin towers and the Pentagon in Washington DC on September 11, 2001.

The world watched in horror as the hijacked planes emerged from a clear blue sky to strike at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

Televised live around the globe to a shocked audience of billions, the 9/11 attacks were meticulously planned by Islamist fanatics to kill as many people and gain as much publicity as possible.

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Bali attacks

A total of 202 people, including 28 Britons, were killed on October 12, 2002 and more than 204 injured when the al Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group detonated bombs at two packed Bali nightspots.

During the attack three bombs detonated - a backpack carried by a suicide bomber and a car bomb which both devastated Paddy's Pub and the Sari Club opposite, followed by a third device outside the US consulate in Denpasar.

Various members of Jemaah Islamiyah were convicted in relation to the bombings. Three - Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq - were executed by firing squad in November 2008.

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Madrid train bombings

The whole of Spain was in mourning when more than 190 people were killed in the Madrid train bombs on March 11, 2004.

The attacks took place exactly two-and-a-half years after September 11 and were Europe's worst terrorist atrocity since the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing.

London-based Arabic language Al Quds newspaper said it received an e-mail from the Brigade of Abu Hafs al-Masri, who claimed its ''death squad'' had penetrated ''one of the pillars of the crusader alliance''.

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Spain train bomb victims remembered 


On July 7, 2005, 52 people were murdered and hundreds more injured when four suicide bombers attacked London's transport network.

Twenty-six died in the bombing at Russell Square on the Piccadilly line, six in the bombing at Edgware Road on the Circle line, seven in the bombing at Aldgate on the Circle line, and 13 in the bombing on the bus at Tavistock Square.

A fortnight later, another four would-be suicide bombers launched failed attacks on the Tube and a bus, leading police marksmen to kill innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.

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Often called India's 9/11, the Mumbai attacks in 2008 saw 10 gunmen blaze through the country's financial capital, killing more than 160 people.

Indian authorities took back control of Mumbai early on the morning on November 29 after a three-day siege across the city.

Security services and senior police in the UK have repeatedly highlighted the risk of a Mumbai-style roaming gun massacre, and earlier this year police carried out a simulated terror attack in the capital to test the emergency response to such a strike.

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Lee Rigby

Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, from Middleton in Greater Manchester, was killed outside barracks in Woolwich, south east London, on May 22, 2013 by two Islamic extremists.

The murder sparked shock across the country after the father-of-one was run over with a car and then hacked to death by British Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

Following an Old Bailey trial, Adebolajo was handed a whole-life prison term and Adebowale was jailed for a minimum of 45 years.

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Charlie Hebdo

Paris was rocked by the Charlie Hebdo atrocity on January 7 this year, when 12 people were killed after gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical magazine.

The sense of panic heightened when there was a subsequent attack on a Kosher supermarket, and the incidents triggered worldwide outrage.

Since then there have been a number of more minor strikes or attempts in France. In one, three Americans and a Briton overpowered a heavily-armed gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

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Terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Sousse attack in June, in which 30 Britons were among 38 tourists killed.

Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on the holidaymakers on a beach in the Tunisian holiday resort.

Foreign Minister Tobias Ellwood has described the Sousse tragedy as the ''most significant terrorist attack'' on Britons since July 7, 2005.

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Life under Isis

As long as its enemies remain divided the militant group will not be defeated

Sunnis in Iraq face an even bleaker future if the militants' reign of terror is finally defeated

How militants overthrew the city of Hit in less than 24 hours

Story of a former jihadi - why I deserted the 'Islamic State' rather than take part in executions, beheadings and rape

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The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise 

CIA, MI6 and Turkey's rogue game in Syria: Claims Ankara worked with US and UK to smuggle Gaddafi's weapons to jihadi fighters, and Jabhat al-Nusra aided by Turkish intelligence in sarin gas attacks 

Refugee crisis

The Paris terror attacks have deepened the anti-migrant mood in Central Europe and are threatening to create an atmosphere even less welcoming for those fleeing war in the Middle East.

On the Slovenian-Austrian border, the armies of both nations strip-searched migrants on their westward march amid heightened security over the weekend, causing large numbers to build up at a refugee camp.

The shifting mood could threaten European efforts to find unity on the migration crisis.

A new anti-migrant government in Poland already is casting doubt on whether it will take all 7,000 refugees the previous government agreed to accept.

Poland, Hungary and other countries across the region - many of them multicultural lands in the past - have been largely mono-ethnic Christian societies since the mass killings and expulsions of World War II.

Resistance there has been especially stiff towards Muslims, who are largely seen as threats to national identity.

Many of these nations faced threats to their very nationhood in the past, with Poland wiped off the map in the 19th century, Hungary losing two-thirds of its territory after World War I, and nations across the region subjected to Soviet control during the Cold War - all factors seen as contributing to anxieties over nationhood.

That one of the suicide bombers appears to be a Syrian who passed through Greece in October is also deepening a belief among many that the refugees should be seen as potential terrorists.

"All of Europe should now be opposed to the migrants," said Cristian Albu, a legal expert in Romania. "We have to prevent what happened in Paris happening elsewhere."

Even some of the migrants themselves are worried about the security gaps that have come with the largest movement of refugees across European borders since World War II.

Some say they fear that the same Islamic State extremists they are fleeing will infiltrate the masses of migrants, carry out more attacks and create greater distrust of legitimate asylum-seekers.

"Europe made a big mistake. They should not allow all the people," said Emile Tarabeh, a customs officer from Syria at a migrant centre in Presevo, Serbia, who is hoping to reach Sweden. "It will be more difficult now" for the real refugees, he said.

Joanna Fomina, a migration expert at the Polish Academy of Sciences, said expressions of anti-Muslim sentiment have exploded online since the Paris attacks, with some people essentially saying "I told you so" or saying Muslims should be gassed liked Jews during the Holocaust.

She said: "This attack will increase public and political polarisation over the issue of refugees, convincing those who are already prejudiced that their fears are well-grounded.

"We also can expect more Euroscepticism - negative attitudes towards the EU and migration go hand in hand."

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who has taken a prominent anti-migrant stance, criticized the EU as "adrift".

"It is weak, uncertain and paralysed," he told the Parliament in Budapest. "In Brussels they continue to say that immigration is good, even while we get new evidence every day that immigration is a bad thing."

Recalling that Hungary been criticised as inhumane for building fences on its borders to keep migrants out, Mr Orban said: "But the question is: What is more humane? To close the borders to illegal border-crossers or put the lives of innocent European citizens at risk?"

He said it is "bad even to think about how many terrorists may have gone through the territory of our country". Nearly 400,000 migrants passed through Hungary this year.

"We don't think that everyone who comes from there is a terrorist, but we don't know," Mr Orban said.

"No one can say how many terrorists have arrived among the migrants until now, how many are already here and how many are arriving day by day."

In Poland, the right-wing government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo was sworn in on Monday. Her Law and Justice party won a decisive victory in an election last month, and analysts believe it gained support from its anti-migrant statements.

During the campaign, party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski warned that migrants are carrying "parasites and protozoa" and other diseases that could harm native Europeans.

Critics likened those words to the kind of language Adolf Hitler used against the Jews.

Since Friday, members of the government have indicated that they will treat asylum-seekers as possible security threats, possibly not fulfilling the agreement to accept 7,000.

"Every shadow, every doubt regarding their past will make their asylum application automatically rejected," Poland's new foreign minister, Witold Waszczykowski, said over the weekend.

He and other government members support the idea of sending humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon - but not letting them into Europe.

In an interview on Polish state television late on Sunday, Mr Waszczykowski also proposed helping Syrian arrivals in Europe form an army that could invade Syria.

"The tens of thousands of young Syrians who jump out of the rubber rafts and don't ask for water, food or clothes but ask where they can charge their mobile phones could, with our help, fight to get their country back," he said.

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