See something? Say something and do it safely and anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers. If you know have any information on terrorist activity, Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound will pay you $1,000 if you call the hotline. All calls are anonymous. 1-800-222-TIPS or go to www.crimestoppers.com Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound
The local agency just became the first Crime Stoppers in the country to offer a $1,000 reward for anonymous tips leading to the arrest of a terror suspect.
Myrle Carner, the founder of the local program, said it occurred to him after the attacks in Paris this week that people with information about possible terrorists might be particularly in need of anonymity should they decide to come forward.
“We’ve got all kinds of people in the Seattle area with contacts all over the world, and they might know something,” he said. “And now, there’s going to be an escalation in people who are going to get wrapped up (in terrorism investigations), so people are going, ‘Crap, I better say something.’”
Carner said that with 1.5 million solved felonies to its credit around the world, and a vast network of global partners, Crime Stoppers is in a unique position to track down leads on terrorism.
“Typically these things start small and end up as a big deal,” he said. “You might have something you’re not sure of or think might be a possibility.
“I tell people, (the police) might know eight parts, but the other two, we’re missing, and one of those could be what breaks it open.”
If you want to submit an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS or
Although the suspected organizer of the Paris attacks that killed 129 people is dead, a security adviser to President François Hollande said Thursday that “we think we are just in the middle of the storm.”
But the death of the alleged organizer of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27,during a raid in Saint-Denis early Wednesday could delay plans for more terror attacks, Alain Bauer, the French president’s adviser on security, told NBC News in an interview.
“The caliphate will need some time to find … not other people ready to die, or other terrorist ready to act, but a supervisor is much more complicated than a jihadi or a shahid, which is a name for martyrs,” Bauer said, referring to a name used by the terror group ISIS.
France tried to kill Abaaoud in an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on Oct. 8, more than a month before the attacks on Paris on Nov. 13, Bauer said.
“Military intelligence knew perfectly that he was preparing something huge and extremely dangerous,” Bauer said.
Abaaoud, a Belgian jihadi who once boasted of being able to evade Western intelligence, has been linked to at least four of six foiled attacks this year, French officials said.
French officials believe Abaaoud was in France so close after the attacks in Paris because in previous plots he has been close to the scene — and he may have been planning a further attack, Bauer said.
“He is a player that wants to see it (the outcome of his plotting),” Bauer said.
French authorities are searching for others that may have been involved in the attacks and a manhunt is underway for suspected accomplice/driver Salah Abdeslam, 26.
During the attacks in Paris, most of the attackers used suicide belts and vests to blow themselves up, and French officials have said the explosive devices contained the explosive TATP.
On Thursday, an analyst told a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee that the use of TATP (triacetone triperoxide) — which can be made with household goods like hair dye, but is very volatile — suggests someone with “real training” prepared the bombs.
“To make an effective TATP bomb requires real training, which suggests a relatively skilled bomb maker was involved in the Paris plot, since the terrorists detonated several bombs,” Bergen, director of the think tanks’ international security and future of war programs, said according to written testimony.
TATP was used by the so-called “shoe bomber” Richard Reid, who unsuccessfully tried to detonate explosives on a jet in 2001. Traces of the explosive was also found in detonators used in bombs during a planned attack on London’s public transportation system in 2005, The Associated Press reported at the time.
Bergen said the use of TATP in the Paris attacks “also suggests that there was some kind of bomb factory that, as yet, appears to be undiscovered, because putting together such bombs requires some kind of dedicated space.”
On Wednesday, a person sought by French police under a state of emergency following the terror attacks in Paris turned himself in to authorities in Lille, days after the search of an apartment in which explosives were found, a police official said.
The duty officer at the police station in Lille confirmed that a house was raided Sunday night or early Monday in the neighborhood of Hem after police received a tip about a suspect.
That person was not at the apartment, but two others were there and they were arrested, and explosives were found, the police official said.
On Wednesday, the suspect being sought surrendered to police in Lille. but it was unclear how he was connected to the ongoing investigation.
by GABE JOSELOW
CALAIS, France — At the vast, squalid camp known as “The Jungle,” the Paris terrorist attacks have only added to the troubles facing refugees and migrants.
“We escaped the war,” says Ahmed, a 29-year old who came to France from Syria. “The war followed us to here.”
“TERRORISM DOESN’T HAVE A NATIONALITY. IT DOESN’T HAVE A RELIGION”
The mechanical engineer fled his country fearing he would be forced to fight for dictator Bashar Assad’s army.
Like more than 6,000 others, Ahmed’s long journey through Europe ended in the makeshift camp in the port city of Calais. Britain is just 30 miles away across the English Channel, linked by the Eurotunnel — a passageway for high-speed trains carrying cars, trucks and people between the two countries.
The Damascus native says he wanted to cry after hearing about Friday’s atrocities in Paris. “I don’t want to kill anybody and I don’t want to be killed,” he added.
Investigators found a Syrian passport at the scene of the suicide bombing outside the 81,000-seat Stade de France. Officials confirmed that terrorist arrived in Greece aboard a boat carrying migrants on Oct. 3.
Alexandra Limousin, an aid worker with L’Auberge des Migrants, says there is nothing to suggest any of the attackers passed through Calais, but that hasn’t stopped her worrying about a backlash from the public.
Their boots are covered in plastic bags due to the mud.
Markus Schreiber / AP
“We are just hoping that they won’t focus on Calais and say, ‘oh, this is because of the migrants,'” she says.
Baraa, a 31-year old Syrian refugee has been in “The Jungle” for 10 days. He is trying to link up with an uncle living in the U.K.
Pulling heavily on a Marlboro red cigarette, the former English teacher recounts an arduous 11-month journey from his hometown of Hama to France, passing through eight European countries to escape the fighting between Syrian government forces and the armed opposition.
Speaking about the Paris attack, he says: “We know how hard it is to lose a person, we lived it ourselves.”
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It is not only Syrians who have come to Calais to escape violence. The camp is also a stopover for Iraqis, Afghans, Sudanese and Eritreans all seeking safety from war and political oppression at home.
Conditions are dismal. As the winter cold sets in, a hard wind blows through flimsy camping tents and tarpaulin shelters used by migrants, scattering garbage across the muddy pathways.
Tensions are already high. Earlier this month, police fired tear gas and water cannons at migrants who had reportedly thrown stones at security forces and tried to block the main road to the tunnel.
Baraa says the public should not confuse Syrians trying to escape the war at home with the ISIS terrorists who attacked Paris.
“Terrorism doesn’t have a nationality,” he says. “It doesn’t have a religion.”
SEATTLE — It’s turning into a “November to remember” for storms but the one coming up might end up being the first one that comes to mind when all is said and done.
A powerful frontal system is just starting to push inland, starting a 24-30 hour period very stormy weather around Western Washington, complete with heavy rain, flooding potential, massive mountain snows and then, of course, the much-talked-about windstorm for Tuesday.
This evening and tonight will be marked by heavy rains for the lowlands and significant snows in the mountains. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 4 a.m. for 1-2 feet in the high mountain passes, including Stevens Pass, and Paradise Ranger Station (closer to 2 feet possible there) while Snoqualmie Pass could see 8-12 inches. It will be windy overnight as well in the lowlands with gusts in the 25-40 mph range, but it’s just the appetizer.
The Wind Forecast:
The main event comes Tuesday morning when an intense cold front sweeps through the region, creating a large difference in pressure across the state — a recipe for very strong winds as the front approaches and passes by. In addition, the way the storm system is aligned and the path it’s travelling will combine to send a surge of westerly winds chasing after the front, for a second round of severe winds that might even top the first round.
A High Wind Warning is in effect for much of Western Washington Tuesday, including the greater Seattle and Puget Sound/Bremerton Metro areas, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The High Wind Warning also covers the Eastside/Cascade foothills, the Strait of Juan de Fuca/northern Olympic Peninsula, Kitsap County, and the coast.
In a slight nuance, a lesser Wind Advisory is in effect for southwestern Washington and the far North South areas of Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan Counties. Winds are still expected to gust as high as 50-55 mph, but a High Wind Warning requires a forecast of 58 mph gusts or better. And 50-55 mph winds are still capable of damage.
Southwest winds will pick up in mid-late morning gusting to 25-40 mph, then increase in gusts to as high as 50-60 mph in the midday hours out of the southwest, then a renewed surge of wind from the west in the early-to-mid afternoon hours, especially along the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Island and Snohomish County, plus a swath of potentially damaging west wind is likely from about Hoquiam/Aberdeen across essentially the US 12/SR-8 corridor into Thurston and Pierce Counties, including Tacoma and the suburbs like Gig Harbor, Graham, Puyallup and Bonney Lake. Downtown Seattle and the central Seattle-Bellevue core tends to be shielded a bit from the west wind thanks to the Olympics, but you’ll have had plenty of wind from the first southerly wind round.
Boaters need to take special precautions as well, especially in the Strait of Juan de Fuca where marine forecasters have issued a Storm Warning for Tuesday for gusts in the waters of 60-70 mph.
These wind speeds are certainly enough to cause widespread power outages and tree damage, so take precautions now for potential power outages. We have a Western Washington windstorm guide at komonews.com/windstorm.
The Flood Forecast:
In addition to the wind, we’re looking at another heavy rain event. All the snow in the Cascades will change to rain early Tuesday morning with another 5-8 inches of rain possible during the day, with isolated spots getting even more. With the rivers just barely in their banks from the last flooding rains over the weekend, it won’t take much to create a renewed round of flooding. Plus this time, instead of an extended 2-day rain event, the rain is expected to fall in a 12-18 hour period, making for sharp rises in river levels. A Flood Watch is in effect for all mountain-fed rivers in Western Washington and river forecasters warn that flooding could end up a little worse than it was this weekend.
There will likely be renewed urban and small stream flooding in the lowlands, and landslide risk remains high. To top it off a High Surf Advisory is on the coast for waves of 17-23 feet on Tuesday.
Rain and wind will calm down late Tuesday evening and we’ll be in a relative lull Wednesday morning. We have another round of light-to-moderate rain late Wednesday with highs near 50 but it’s a quick mover and is gone by daybreak Thursday. After that, a dry stretch! Long range models show dry weather Thursday through Saturday with just a few sprinkles on Sunday.
PARIS | BY CHINE LABBÉ AND CRISPIAN BALMER
French President Francois Hollande called on the United States and Russia on Monday to join a global coalition to destroy Islamic State following the attacks across Paris, and announced a wave of measures to combat terrorism in France.
“France is at war,” Hollande told a joint session of parliament at the Palace of Versailles, promising to increase funds for national security and strengthen anti-terrorism laws in response to the suicide bombings and shootings that killed 129.
“We’re not engaged in a war of civilizations, because these assassins do not represent any. We are in a war against jihadist terrorism which is threatening the whole world,” he told a packed, somber chamber.
Parliamentarians gave Hollande a standing ovation before spontaneously singing the “Marseillaise” national anthem in a show of political unity after the worst atrocity France has seen since World War Two.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Friday’s coordinated attacks, saying they were in retaliation for France’s involvement in U.S.-backed air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
Hollande pledged that French fighter jets would intensify their assaults and said he would meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming days to urge them to pool their resources.
“We must combine our forces to achieve a result that is already too late in coming,” the president said.
The U.S.-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State for more than a year. Russia joined the conflict in September, but Western officials say it has mainly hit foreign-backed fighters battling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, not Islamic State.
Speaking in Turkey at the same time as Hollande, Obama called Friday’s attacks a “terrible and sickening setback”, but maintained that the U.S.-led coalition was making progress.
“Even as we grieve with our French friends … we can’t lose sight that there has been progress,” Obama said at a Group of 20 summit, ruling out sending in ground troops.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, visiting Paris to pay respects to those killed in the attacks, said: “Tonight we are all Parisians,” and pledged the United States would stand “shoulder to shoulder” with France. He is due to meet Hollande on Tuesday morning.
Much of France came to a standstill at midday for a minute’s silence to remember the dead, many of whom were young people killed as they enjoyed a night out. Metro trains stopped, pedestrians paused and office workers stood at their desks.
ISLAMIC STATE THREATS
Investigators have identified a Belgian national living in Syria as the possible mastermind behind the attacks, which targeted bars, restaurants, a concert hall and soccer stadium.
“Friday’s act of war was decided upon and planned in Syria, prepared and organized in Belgium and carried out on our territory with the complicity of French citizens,” said Hollande.
The Belgian soccer federation said in a statement late on Monday it was calling off an international friendly due to be played against Spain in Brussels on Tuesday for security reasons.
A statement on the Belgian interior ministry’s website said it had recommended the cancellation of the match after raising its security threat alert to level three, meaning “serious”.
Prosecutors have identified five of the seven dead assailants – four Frenchmen and a foreigner fingerprinted in Greece last month. His role in the carnage has fueled speculation that Islamic State took advantage of a recent wave of refugees fleeing Syria to slip militants into Europe.
Police believe one attacker is on the run, and suspect at least four people helped organize the mayhem.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL Radio: “We know that more attacks are being prepared, not just against France but also against other European countries.” He added: “We are going to live with this terrorist threat for a long time.”
Islamic State warned in a video on Monday that any country hitting it would suffer the same fate as Paris, promising specifically to target Washington.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters police had arrested nearly two dozen people and seized arms, including a rocket launcher and automatic weapons, in 168 raids overnight.
“Let this be clear to everyone, this is just the beginning, these actions are going to continue,” he said.
Hollande said he would create 5,000 jobs in the security forces, boost prison service staff by 2,500 and avoid cuts to defense spending before 2019. He acknowledged that would break EU budget rules, but said national security was more important.
He also said he would ask parliament to extend for three months a state of emergency he declared on Friday, which gives security forces sweeping powers to search and detain suspects.
CIA Director John Brennan warned on Monday that Islamic State militants may have similar operations ready to launch, but foiling those plots could prove difficult because Europe’s intelligence and security resources are severely stretched.
A source close to the investigation said Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, currently in Syria, was suspected of having ordered the Paris operation. “He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe,” the source told Reuters.
RTL Radio said Abaaoud was a 27-year-old from the Brussels district of Molenbeek, home to many Muslim immigrants and a focal point for Islamist radicalism in recent years.
Police in Brussels have detained two suspects and are hunting Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman based in Belgium. One of his brother’s died in the Paris assault, while a third brother was arrested at the weekend but later released.
The Belgian interior ministry issued two new photographs of Abdeslam late on Monday.
Police in France named two of the French attackers as Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of Paris, and Samy Amimour, 28, from the Paris suburb of Drancy.
France believes Mostefai, a petty criminal who never served time in jail, visited Syria in 2013-2014. His radicalization underlined the trouble police face trying to capture an elusive enemy raised in its own cities.
“He was a normal man,” said Christophe, his neighbor in Chartres. “Nothing made you think he would turn violent.”
Latest official figures estimate that 520 French nationals are in the Syrian and Iraqi war zones, including 116 women. Some 137 have died in the fighting, 250 have returned home and around 700 have plans to travel to join the jihadist factions.
The man stopped in Greece in October was carrying a Syrian passport in the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad. Police said they were still checking to see if the document was authentic, but said the dead man’s fingerprints matched those on record in Greece.
Greek officials said the passport holder had crossed from Turkey to the Greek islands last month and then registered for asylum in Serbia before heading north, following a route taken by hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers this year.
His role in the mission has reignited a fierce debate in Europe about how to tackle a continuing influx of refugees, with anti-immigrant parties calling for borders to be closed against the flood of newcomers fleeing the Middle East.
(Additional reporting by Emmanuel Jarry, John Irish, Leigh Thomas, Ingrid Melander, Marine Pennetier, Geert De Clercq, Claire Watson and Laurence Frost in Paris, Bruce Wallace in Los Angeles Yves Herman, Robert-Jan Bartunek, Philip Blenkinsop and Alastair Macdonald in Brussels, Susan Heavey and Steve Holland in Washington, and Scott Malone in Boston; Writing by Crispian Balmer and Peter Cooney; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall, Pravin Char, Mary Milliken and Alex Richardson)
The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.
By Chine Labbé and Crispian Balmer
PARIS – French President Francois Hollande called on the United States and Russia to join forces to destroy Islamic State in the wake of Friday’s attacks across Paris.
BELEK, Turkey Britain will increase its intelligence agency staff by 15 percent and more than double spending on aviation security to defend against Islamist militants plotting attacks from Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.
The Paris terror attacks are likely to galvanize a stronger global military response to Islamic State, after a U.S.-led air war that has lasted more than a year has failed to contain a group now proving itself to be a growing worldwide threat.
The United States, long accused of taking an incremental approach to the struggle, is under growing political pressure at home and abroad to do more and it is expected to examine ways to intensify the campaign, including through expanded air power.
U.S. officials say Washington will look in particular to European and Arab allies to step up their military participation in the war in Iraq and Syria.
It remains far from clear whether Paris and Washington would be willing to radically expand the scope of their current military engagement, given a deep aversion to getting dragged into a large-scale ground war in the Middle East. But President Barack Obama has been committing more to the fight in recent months, and lawmakers and counter-terrorism experts see the Paris attacks strengthening arguments for additional military might.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks, which killed 129 people in Paris, in the worst bloodshed in France since the end of World War Two.
In the past two weeks, there have been other major Islamic State-claimed attacks. Two explosions in suicide attacks in a Shi’ite Muslim district of southern Beirut in Lebanon killed 43, and 224 died when a Russian aircraft crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said it had become clear that Obama’s strategy of limited air strikes coupled with support for ground forces in Iraq and Syria “are not sufficient to protect our country and our allies.”
“The fight is quickly spreading outside Iraq and Syria, and that’s why we must take the battle to them,” Feinstein said.
Bruce Riedel, a former senior CIA expert on the region who has advised Obama, said the string of recent attacks had put to rest once and for all the debate whether Islamic State would stay focused on the war in Iraq and Syria.
“It is a game changer in this sense: there were those who debated whether the Islamic State would stay focused local – or go global. I think that debate’s over now,” said Riedel, now at the Brookings Institution.
Republicans seeking the party’s nomination to be its candidate in the 2016 presidential election have also been ratcheting up the pressure after the Paris attacks. One of them, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, said that the Islamic terrorists were engaged in “an organized effort to destroy Western civilization” and the U.S. needed to take the lead against them. “This is the war of our time,” Bush told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Friday night.
France, which has described the Paris assault as an act of war, can quickly ramp up its contribution to the air campaign against Islamic State targets.
Even before the Paris attacks, France had announced that its sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, would be deployed to the Middle East, arriving on November 18.
“We’re only a matter of days before the French carrier departs and heads to the Persian Gulf to do strikes,” said former FBI official Martin Reardon, now with The Soufan Group consultancy. “I think France will do more.”
Obama, only last month, agreed to send U.S. special operations forces to Syria to coordinate with opposition fighters on the ground – something he had ruled out previously. He also deployed more U.S. aircraft to a base in Incirlik, Turkey.
U.S. officials say they are in discussions with allies, including from Arab nations, to also increase their roles in the air campaign. Talks are also underway about whether allies might deploy special operations forces, in Iraq and Syria.
Riedel and other former U.S. officials said one quick way the United States and its allies could do damage to Islamic State would be to expand pressure on its leadership. Such pressure has been steadily growing with precision strikes in recent months.
The same day as the Paris attacks unfolded, the United State carried out an operation to kill the Islamic State’s leader in Libya. A day earlier, it announced the death in Syria of a more symbolic target, striking an Islamic State figure, known as “Jihadi John,” who once taunted the West in hostage execution videos.
U.S. officials say such strikes show the United States could widen the field of battle.
“We’re looking at going after ISIL wherever we can hit them,” one U.S. official said using another name for the Islamic State.
So far, however, the United States has refrained from direct bombardment of known Islamic State headquarters buildings in its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria.
That, individuals with knowledge of the matter said, is in part because of the risk of large-scale civilian casualties.
It remains to be seen whether the self-restraint will continue, and whether the Obama administration will generally loosen rules of engagement for airstrikes that some in Congress and elsewhere have called too restrictive.
Another question, officials and analysts said, is whether the United Kingdom will expand the airstrikes and airborne intelligence assets it has already used over Iraq to Syria.
London has not struck at Islamic State in Syria and although British Prime Minister David Cameron is said to be eager to take that step, he faces resistance from U.K. lawmakers.
“The question is really, will this change the British parliament?” the U.S. official said.
(Editing by Martin Howell)
5 hrs · 11-14-2015
By Greg Keller and Jamey Keaten
PARIS — The Eiffel Tower stood dark in a symbol of mourning Saturday night as France struggled to absorb the deadliest violence on its soil since World War II: coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured.
President Francois Hollande vowed that France would wage “merciless” war on the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the mayhem, as investigators raced to track down their accomplices and uncovered possible links to networks in Belgium and Syria.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said three groups of attackers, including seven suicide bombers, carried out the “act of barbarism” that shattered a Parisian Friday night.
He said the attackers in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people died, mentioned Syria and Iraq during their rampage. Of the hundreds wounded in the six attacks, 99 were in critical condition.
Seven attackers launched gun attacks at Paris cafes, detonated suicide bombs near France’s national stadium and killed hostages inside the concert venue during a show by an American rock band — an attack on the heart of the pulsing City of Light.
Ahsan Naeem, a 39-year-old filmmaker, said he’s been to many of the places that were attacked Friday.
“I’ve seen dozens of gigs at the Bataclan. Eaten at the Petit Cambodge. Sat outside Le Carillon on so many nights,” said Naeem, who has lived in Paris for seven years. “All those places will have been full of my people. My friends. My acquaintances.”
Late Saturday, a crowd of up to 250 people gathered for an impromptu candlelight vigil at the Place de la Republique, the site of a massive demonstration in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings earlier this year.
Adrien Chambel, a 27-year-old law student, said the crowd was much sparser than in January. “You feel that people are petrified,” Chambel said.
Hollande, who declared three days of national mourning and raised the nation’s security to its highest level, called the carnage “an act of war that was prepared, organized, planned from abroad with internal help.”
The president said France would increase its military efforts to crush IS. He said France — which is part of a U.S.-led coalition bombing suspected IS targets in Syria and Iraq and also has troops fighting Islamic militants in Africa — “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.”
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in an online statement in Arabic and French circulated by supporters. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the claim, which bore the group’s logo and resembled previous verified statements from the group.
The statement called Paris “the capital of prostitution and obscenity” and mocked France’s air attacks on suspected IS targets in Syria and Iraq, saying France’s air power was “of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris.”
Many of Paris’s top tourist attractions closed down Saturday, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Disneyland theme park east of the capital. Some 3,000 troops were deployed to help restore order and reassure a frightened populace.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced that all public demonstrations would be banned until Thursday and local governments throughout the country would have the option to impose nightly curfews.
The attacks, on an unusually balmy November Friday evening, struck at the heart of Parisian nightlife, including at a soccer match, which draws together spectators of all social classes and backgrounds.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the attacks had targeted the Paris of diversity, “probably because this example of living together, which is so strong in our city, is unbearable for fanatical people.”
Parisians expressed shock, disgust and defiance in equal measure. Some areas were quiet, but hundreds queued outside a hospital near the Bataclan concert hall to donate blood. As a shrine of flowers expanded along the sidewalk, a lone guitarist sang John Lennon’s peace ballad, “Imagine.”
Authorities said seven attackers died, six in suicide bombings, a new terror tactic in France. Authorities said police shot the other assailant, exploding his suicide vest. Police have detained two relatives of the one attacker who has been identified so far, the prosecutor’s spokeswoman said.
Molins, the prosecutor, said all seven attackers wore identical suicide vests containing the explosive TATP.
Molins said one was identified from fingerprints as a French-born man with a criminal record.
In addition, a Syrian passport found near the body of another attacker was linked to a man who entered the European Union through a Greek island last month.
Officials in Greece said the passport’s owner entered in October through Leros, one of the islands that tens of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in Syria and elsewhere have been using as a gateway into the European Union. Molins said the Syria-linked attacker was not known to French intelligence services.
If the attack does involve militants who traveled to Europe amid millions of refugees from the Middle East, the implications could be profound.
Poland’s prospective minister for European affairs, Konrad Szymanski, said that in light of the attacks, Poland would not comply with an EU plan to accept refugees unless it received “guarantees of security.”
The attack brought an immediate tightening of borders as Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced renewed border checks. Germany also stepped up border checks.
Belgian authorities conducted raids in a Brussels neighborhood and arrested three people near the border with France after a car with Belgian license plates was seen close to the Bataclan theater. Molins said a French national was among the three arrested.
The militants launched six gun and bomb attacks over the course of 20 minutes Friday in areas of the capital packed with people.
Three suicide bombs targeted spots around the national Stade de France stadium, in the north of the capital, where Hollande was watching a France-Germany soccer match. Fans inside the stadium recoiled at the sound of explosions, but the match continued.
Around the same time, fusillades of bullets shook a trendy Paris neighborhood as gunmen targeted a string of crowded cafes.
The attackers next stormed the Bataclan concert hall, which was hosting the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal. They opened fire on the panicked audience and took many hostage. As police closed in, three detonated explosive belts, killing themselves, according to Paris police chief Michel Cadot.
Another assailant detonated a suicide bomb on Boulevard Voltaire, near the music hall, the prosecutor’s office said.
Video shot by Le Monde reporter Daniel Psenney from his balcony captured scenes of panic as people fled the Bataclan, some bloodied and limping, others dragging two bodies. Three people could be seen clinging to upper-floor balcony railings in a desperate bid to stay out of the line of fire.
A tall 38-year-old concert-goer named Sylvain collapsed in tears as he described escaping from the chaos during a lull in gunfire.
“There were shots everywhere, in waves,” Sylvain told The Associated Press. “I lay down on the floor. I saw at least two shooters, but I heard others talk. They cried, ‘It’s Hollande’s fault.’ I heard one of the shooters shout, ‘Allahu Akbar.'”
He spoke on condition that his full name not be used out of concern for his safety.
The Paris carnage was the worst in a series of attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in the past three days. On Thursday, twin suicide bombings in Beirut killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 200, and 26 people died Friday in Baghdad in a suicide blast and a roadside bombing that targeted Shiites.
The militant group also said it bombed a Russian plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31, killing 224 people.
IS also suffered significant reversals this week, with Kurdish forces launching an offensive to retake the strategic Iraqi city of Sinjar and the U.S. military saying it had likely killed Mohammed Emwazi, the British-accented militant known as “Jihadi John” who is seen in grisly IS beheading videos. The Pentagon also said an American airstrike targeted and likely killed Abu Nabil, a top Islamic State leader in Libya.
France has been on edge since January, when Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had run cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and a kosher grocery. Twenty people died in those attacks, including three shooters.
Paris resident Olivier Bas was among several hundred people who gathered at the site of the Bataclan massacre Saturday, laying flowers and lighting candles only a few hundred yards (meters) from where a police officer was murdered during the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Although Paris was quiet and jittery, Bas said that he intended to go out for a drink — “to show that they won’t win.”
Meanwhile, French authorities continued their investigation. They are particularly concerned about the threat from hundreds of French Islamic radicals who are known to have traveled to Syria and have returned home, potentially with skills to mount attacks.
“The big question on everyone’s mind is: Were these attackers — if they turn out to be connected to one of the groups in Syria — were they homegrown terrorists or were they returning fighters?” said Brian Michael Jenkins, a terrorism expert.
5 hrs · 11-13-2015
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Law Enforcement Case # 15-1005979
Nov 13, 2015, 11:03 PM ET
At least 120 were killed in a series of six attacks in Paris — including shootings, explosions and a hostage situation at a concert hall — in a night of carnage France said was carried out by “terrorists,” most of whom were wearing suicide vests.
Eight attackers are dead and seven died detonating their suicide vests, according to Agence France-Presse, citing police. The hostage situation at the theater, Bataclan concert hall, was over. A witness in the theater told ABC News she heard gunmen shout “Syria!”
French police said they believed all of the attackers involved in the shootings and bombings were dead, but authorities were searching for accomplices.
According to the Paris Prefect, three of the attackers at the concert hall died when they detonated their suicide belts as police closed in. A fourth was found dead there. AFP said that three more attackers were dead outside the Stade de France soccer stadium and one on a street in eastern Paris.
Police said the attackers unleashed a hail of machine gunfire on cafes near the theater and then went inside the concert hall and killed more people before being confronted by officers.
In the wake of the attacks, French President Francois Hollande said he was imposing border checks and declaring a state of emergency. Anyone deemed dangerous could be placed under house arrest. Hollande called the attacks “unprecedented” and President Obama called them an attack “on all of humanity.”
Hollande said, according to ITELE, “When terrorists are capable of doing such horrible things, there will be a France determined, a united France and a France who will not allow itself to cave even if today it expresses a deep sorrow in the face of this tragedy which is an abomination because these are barbaric acts.”
In a tweet, the Elysee Palace said: “terrorists capable of such atrocities should know that they will face a determined and united France.”
Rescue workers and medics work on victims outside a Paris restaurant, Nov. 13, 2015.
People leave the Stade de France stadium after the international friendly soccer France against Germany,
Nov. 13, 2015 in Saint Denis, outside Paris .more +
The attacks took place at the theater, the Stade de France and four other locations in the 10th and 11th districts and led to dramatic security measures.
Police in Paris were recommending that residents avoid going out unless absolutely necessary and the subway system was shut down. All public buildings in Paris, including schools, museums, libraries and town halls, were closed indefinitely starting Saturday. The U.S. Embassy in Paris advises official U.S. personnel and citizens to shelter in place.
The Department of Homeland Security said it is closely monitoring the events in Paris said there was no specific or credible threat to the United States. DHS said it’s in contact with its counterparts in the area and “will not hesitate to adjust our security posture, as appropriate, to protect the American people.”
Eagles of Death Metal, an American rock band that was performing at Bataclan tonight, said in a statement, “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.”
The explosions took place near the Stade de France stadium, one of the sources said, where Germany was playing France in soccer. Hollande was at the game at the time and was evacuated.
One witness, Margot Schmorak, told ABC News via Skype that one of the attacks “was around the corner from us, about a half a block down.”
Schmorak and three colleagues “were sitting outside on sidewalk … we heard a bunch of gun shots. Maybe 8 to 10, and then there was kind of a pause, and there was a few more.”
“We actually said to each other, ‘Is that gunshots or is it firecrackers or something else?’ And then one of my friends actually said, ‘I think it’s gunshots.’ And we saw people running from around the corner,” she said.
Another witness, Emilioi Macchio, was at a bar when he heard gunshots, according to the Associated Press.
“It sounded like fireworks,” Macchio said, the AP reported.
People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near
Place de la Republique square in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015. more +
Secretary of State John Kerry called the attacks “heinous, evil, vile acts.”
“Those of us who can must do everything in our power to fight back against what can only be considered an assault on our common humanity,” said Kerry.
“Our embassy in Paris is making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the city, and in the days ahead we stand ready to provide whatever support the French government may require. France is our oldest ally, a friend and a vital partner,” Kerry’s statement said. “We stand with the French people tonight, as our peoples have always stood together in our darkest hours. These terrorist attacks will only deepen our shared resolve.”
Gérard Araud, the French ambassador to the U.S., said he was devastated by the carnage.
Victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant, Nov. 13, 2015.
The band said in a statement from Paris: “We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe”.
President Obama said from the White House today that, while the details of the attacks in France are unknown, the U.S. stands together with France “in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”
Obama called France an “extraordinary counter-terrorism partner.”
“Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress,” Obama said, adding that the “American people draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
A federal law enforcement source said the FBI set up a “command post” to help monitor and respond to the attacks. The FBI is actively trying to help French authorities, but as of now, U.S. authorities do not know who is responsible.
Rescue workers and medics work by victims at a Paris restaurant, Nov. 13, 2015.
ABC NEWS STADE DE FRANCE BATALCAN THEATER
Ambulances are seen in a photo shared on Twitter
after news broke of explosions and shootings near Stade de France in Paris, Nov. 13, 2015. more +
The Associated Press contributed to this report.