Paris attacks

French officials detain six, Belgian officials detain seven as investigations widen

Rachel Flaherty Sun, Nov 15
 
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  • 07:10

    Our coverage of the aftermath of the horrific Paris attacks continues today.  

    The latest figures are at least 129 people are dead and 352 injured, including 90 critically.

     

  • 07:20

    Police were holding for questioning the father and brother of a man who took part in Friday's attacks in Paris, French media have reported.

  • 07:29

    My colleagues Lara Marlowe in Paris and Suzanne Lynch in Brussels have the latest on the attacks.


    One of the attackers has been named in French media as Omar Ismaïl Mostefai, a 29-year-old Frenchman from the southern Paris suburb of Courcouronnes. He had been flagged as being close to radical Islam, but had never been linked to terrorism.
    He was reportedly identified from police fingerprint records as one of the attackers at the Bataclan music venue.
    Relatives of one of the attackers, a Frenchman born in the Paris suburbs, were later arrested on Saturday, according to French authorities who said that searches were underway.

  • 07:33

  • 07:49

    A friend of a British man killed in the massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris has described how she held him in her arms before he died.
    Nick Alexander was described by his family as “everyone’s best friend”, and they said he died “doing the job he loved”.
    The 36-year-old from Essex, had been selling merchandise for rock band Eagles of Death Metal when their concert was targeted by attackers who shot people and took hostages in the venue before blowing themselves up as police stormed the concert hall.

    Helen Wilson told the Telegraph she and Mr Alexander, who had previously been in a relationship, lay down on the floor when up to six people with machine guns and shotguns began to shoot.
    The American, who moved to Paris where she runs a catering company, said someone moved and the attackers turned to them and fired shots.
    Miss Wilson, who was shot in the leg during the attack, said she tried to give Mr Alexander mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
    She said: “Then he couldn’t breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life.”
    In a statement his family said: “ Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend — generous, funny and fiercely loyal. (PA)

     

    Heartbreaking tweet from the girlfriend of Mr Alexander.

     


  • 08:07
    At least 129 people were killed in the attacks
    At least 129 people were killed in the attacks
  • 08:17

    Here are the details on what we know so far about the people killed in Friday’s terror attacks.  The victims were from 15 countries.

  • 08:19

    This graph shows top locations of Twitter users who support Islamic State.


  • 08:34

  • 08:39

    The Irish Times view on the Paris attacks

    “Ultimately, the hard truth that we must all also face is that an open and democratic society is inherently vulnerable and can never completely prevent such outrages without abandoning its fundamental values.

    And that is a road we must not let IS – as it would wish – tempt us down.

    IS’s brutal attacks are in reality of little military strategic significance. They are not capable of creating a new balance of military power, of winning battles or seizing ground.

    But they are of huge political significance – to paraphrase Clausewitz, politics is war carried on by other means.”

  • 08:44

  • 08:55

    Getaway vehicle used by the attackers on a number restaurants and bars in Paris has been found in Montreuil, an eastern suburb of the French capital, the radio statio reports.  


     



  • 09:06
    <p>Photographs from around the world of the vigils and prayer ceremonies for the victims of the Paris attacks. (from top to bottom, L to R )   vigil in Sydney, rally in Rio de Janeiro, vigil in Tel Aviv, vigil in Lausanne, vigil in Marseille, tribute at the French embassy in Warsaw, tribute at Brandenburg gate in Berlin, lit walls of Jerusalem's Old City, and vigil in Seoul. Photograph: Reuters</p>
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    Photographs from around the world of the vigils and prayer ceremonies for the victims of the Paris attacks. (from top to bottom, L to R )  vigil in Sydney, rally in Rio de Janeiro, vigil in Tel Aviv, vigil in Lausanne, vigil in Marseille, tribute at the French embassy in Warsaw, tribute at Brandenburg gate in Berlin, lit walls of Jerusalem's Old City, and vigil in Seoul. Photograph: Reuters

     

  • 09:23

  • 09:28
    What we know and don’t know
    How many died, who was responsible, what is happening in Paris, what happens next?

    Why Paris?
    Islamic State claimed the attacks were a response to France’s campaign against its fighters and insults against Islam’s prophet. The group warned that France would remain one of its top targets.
    Far-right politicians were already stoking xenophobic sentiment, especially Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party, who vowed to close borders. Regional elections are December 16th.
    Bomb threats in Paris have become almost routine: Friday had begun with one at the German soccer team’s hotel and one at the Gare de Lyon train station.

  • 09:33
    <p>Members of All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) hold placards with anti terrorism messages on it and candles as they pay tributes to the victims of the Paris attacks. Photograph: EPA</p>

    Members of All India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) hold placards with anti terrorism messages on it and candles as they pay tributes to the victims of the Paris attacks. Photograph: EPA

  • 09:46
    Survivors Jonathon Hill, from Cardiff, said he heard three shots that “almost sounded like fireworks” outside the Bataclan concert hall.
    “I saw a guy probably 6ft 4ins to 6ft 5ins, quite a heavy-set man, looked Caucasian from about 50 yards away,” he told the BBC.
    “He was in the middle of the street shouting ‘Allez! Allez!’ at people. He almost seemed to be a good Samaritan telling people to get out from the cafes and go inside.
    “As that happened I saw another shot and I saw someone collapse to the floor outside the Bataclan.”
  • 09:49

    A French judicial official says a Seat car with suspected links to the attacks has been found by police in Montreuil, a suburb about four miles east of Paris.
    The official could not immediately confirm if it was the same black Seat linked to the gun attacks on the Le Carillon bar and the Le Petit Cambodge restaurant in Rue Alibert in the city’s 10th district.
    Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that gunmen armed with automatic weapons pulled up in that model of car before opening fire, killing 15 people and injuring 10.  (PA)

     

  • 09:55
    Watch the prosecutor recall the   timeline of the Paris terror attacks

  • 10:02
    <p>French president Francois Hollande welcomes former French president and president of Les Republicains political party Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris today. Photograph: EPA</p>

    French president Francois Hollande welcomes former French president and president of Les Republicains political party Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris today. Photograph: EPA

  • 10:24

    New footage of the moment the gunmen opened fire in the Bataclan concert hall.

  • 10:30

    Guns found in the black Seat abandoned in Montreuil. Suggests at least some of the attackers from the Petit Cambodge/Carillon still at large.

     

    Update from Irish Times reporter Ruadhan Mac Cormaic in Paris.

  • 11:13
    A number of   AK47s “found in abandoned car” suspected to be linked to the Paris attacks
  • 11:23

    Islamic State on agenda as world leaders gather for G20

     

    US president Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Turkey today for a summit that has taken on new urgency after attacks in Paris pushed the fight against Islamic State militants to the top of the agenda.

    Meanwhile, four policemen have been injured in an explosion during a raid on a suspected Islamic State hideout in Turkey as G20 leaders gather.

  • 11:25

    Victims

    French authorities have identified the bodies of 103 victims of Friday's terrorist attack, leaving 26 unknown at this stage, French prime minister Manuel Valls said in Paris.

  • 11:27

    Iraq says it shared information

    Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has said his country's intelligence services shared information they had which indicated that France, the United States and Iran were among countries being targeted for attack.

  • 11:30

    Saturday Night Live shared a message of solidarity with the city of Paris in its broadcast.


  • 11:36

  • 11:42

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism of the safety check.


  • 11:52

    Enda Kenny speaks about Ireland’s security situation

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny  said there is a “very sophisticated response unit” should warnings or incidents arise.

    “We don’t have any information to suggest that but we are very conscious of being vigilant of all of this.

     He said there is a “very sophisticated response unit” should warnings or incidents arise.

    “We don’t have any information to suggest that but we are very conscious of being vigilant of all of this.

     

  • 11:58

    Severed finger of attacker

    The suspect was identified from part of a severed finger found in the Bataclan after the three gunmen had killed 89 people.

    The man, Ismaël Omar Mostefaï, was a petty criminal who the intelligence services had flagged in 2010 as a potential radical.  

    Seven of Mostefaï’s relatives are being questioned today, including his brother, father and an unidentified woman.  

    Full story here from our reporter Ruadhan Mac Cormaic in Paris.

  • 12:04
    Islamic State statement on Paris attacks in full : English translation
  • 12:07
  • 12:13

    Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered full cooperation with French and other European authorities trying to identify the perpetrators and prevent further attacks.

  • 12:27

    Obama vows to redouble efforts

    US president Barack Obama has pledged to redouble US efforts to eliminate the Islamic State group (IS) and end the Syrian civil war which has fuelled its rise in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
    Mr Obama denounced the extremist group’s horrifying terror spree in Paris as “an attack on the civilised world”.
    Opening two days of talks with world leaders in the G20 group of nations in Turkey, Mr Obama pledged solidarity with France in the effort to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
    He said “the skies have been darkened” by the Paris attacks, but offered no details about what the US or its coalition partners might do to step up its assault against IS. (Reuters)

  • 12:38

  • 13:12

    Bavarian allies cranked up pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to reverse her "open-door" refugee policy, saying the deadly attacks in Paris underlined the need for tougher measures to control the influx of migrants.

  • 13:14
    The European Union will hold a special meeting of its interior and justice ministers next Friday to assess the impact of the Paris attacks.
    French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve asked for the meeting, saying “our battle against terrorism must be, more than ever, steadfast”, and must be reinforced at the European level.
    The EU presidency, held by Luxembourg, immediately obliged.

  • 13:19
    <p>The front pages of French newspapers photographed in Paris today. Photograph: AFP</p>

    The front pages of French newspapers photographed in Paris today. Photograph: AFP

  • 13:34
    <p>Leinster and Wasps players observe a minute’s silence at round one of the European Rugby Champions Cup at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho</p>

    Leinster and Wasps players observe a minute’s silence at round one of the European Rugby Champions Cup at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

  • 13:37

    Latest on arrests... Seven people have been detained in Belgium linked to the Paris attack. Four arrested today and three yesterday.


    France have detained six people.

  • 13:46

    What we know about the terror cell that carried out the attack so far as authorities across Europe carry out investigations:

    • One of the attackers was identified as 29-year-old Frenchman Ismael Mostefai, who had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism
    • Mostefai’s father and brother have been arrested
    • A Seat car with suspected links to the attacks has been found by police in Montreuil, a suburb about four miles east of Paris
    • Prosecutors believe three teams of terrorists carried out co-ordinated attacks
    • Suicide bombers who targeted the Stade de France were found to have Egyptian and Syrian passports
    • One was reported to have had a ticket for the game and detonated his bomb after being stopped by security staff trying to enter the stadium
    • At least one of the attackers is believed to have passed through Greece as a refugee

    • Arrests were made by authorities in Belgium after a car with Belgian number plates was seen close to the Bataclan
  • 14:06

  • 14:19

  • 14:23

    Search for an eighth attacker

     The French authorities are looking for a potential eighth attacker after the Islamic State claimed responsability for the Paris attacks, a French government official said today.

    The Islamic State said they had sent eight people, while only the bodies of seven attackers have been recovered, meaning one is missing, the official said.

    The French authorities's working hypothesis then is that there's at least one additional assaillant somewhere, the official said, noting there could be more.

    The authorities are studying the possibility that the missing attacker is one of the people arrested in Belgium, the official said.  (Bloomberg)

     

  • 14:31

  • 14:38
    Denis Staunton, London Editor, writes: "On the face of it, Britain is as likely a target for the so-called Islamic State, or Isis, as France. Both are former colonial powers in the Middle East and both are fighting Isis in Iraq, although France is also attacking the terror group in Syria.
    "Like France, Britain has seen hundreds of its citizens traveling to Syria to fight with Isis and similar groups – more than 700, according to recent estimates. And a number of high-profile British recruits to Isis have recently been killed by western drone strikes, including Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan in August, and Mohamed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, on the day before the Paris attacks."
  • 14:41

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  • 14:50
    Reuters is reporting that prices of oil and other commodities will come under renewed pressure on Monday on fears that Friday night's attacks on Paris will further slow the global economy. "Oil is already trading near its six-year lows and healthy demand has been a major factor preventing the prices from sliding any lower amid a worsening global oil glut due to abundant supplies," the agency reports.
  • 14:55
    A view from November 15th shows drawings and messages displayed in support of victims of the Paris attacks, at Catalonia square in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images
    A view from November 15th shows drawings and messages displayed in support of victims of the Paris attacks, at Catalonia square in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images
  • 14:59
    Recalling Charlie Hebdo attacks: Tributes including '#Je Suis Paris' and flowers surround a fountain in remembrance of the victims of the Paris attacks, at Trafalgar Square in London, November 15th. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
    Recalling Charlie Hebdo attacks: Tributes including "#Je Suis Paris" and flowers surround a fountain in remembrance of the victims of the Paris attacks, at Trafalgar Square in London, November 15th. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
  • 15:02
    At the request of France, the European Union will hold a special meeting of its interior and justice ministers on Friday to assess the impact of the Paris attacks, according to Reuters.
  • 15:11

    PA reports that Mariesha Payne and Christine Tudhope, both from Scotland, hid in a cellar for three hours to escape the killers at the Bataclan concert venue in Paris. Ms Payne, 33, said she was afraid she would never see her two children again.

    “I cannot believe we got out alive. While we were hiding there was a pause in the shots for about 20 minutes but there was a lot of screaming — a witness we spoke to later said people were being tortured and stabbed at that point,” she told Scottish paper The Daily Record.

    The pair were in Paris to celebrate Miss Tudhope’s 35th birthday and were standing near the front of the stage when the shooting began.

    Speaking later to Sky News as they arrived back at Edinburgh airport, Ms Tudhope said she initally thought the gunfire was firecrackers. Ms Payne then saw bullets hitting the stage. “A second round went off, most people ducked, but I just said run, just get out of here.

    “In the confusion if we had gone left we would have instantly been out onto the street and probably the first people out of the building, but, just confused, we ran right and ended up being in a room that we couldn’t get out of.

    “There were no exits but we found a door to the cellar, which we just ran into but then realised we were trapped and there was no way out of there.

    “A few seconds later the door burst open and we just thought, they’re coming we are going to die.

    “It was two other concert goers, we managed to barricade ourselves in, turn the lights out and we were then trapped there for the next three hours just having to listen to what was happening.”

  • 15:13
    US President Barack Obama is not having second thoughts about bringing Syrian refugees to the US, one of his top aides said on Sunday in the wake of the Paris attacks, Bloomberg is reporting. "No," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, said on NBC's Meet the Press, when asked if Mr Obama had "any pause" about the refugee plan.
  • 15:17
    Newspapers around the world have responded to the atrocities in Paris with a mixture of horror, defiance and determination that the perpetrators of such acts should not be allowed to triumph, writes our own Tim O'Brien
  • 15:19
    Meanwhile, books of condolences are being opened around Ireland and vigils in honour of the dead are being held, write Tim O'Brien and Olivia Kelleher
  • 15:23
  • 15:36
    Islamic State on agenda as world leaders gather for G20: US President Barack Obama and other world leaders arrived in Turkey on Sunday for a summit that has taken on new urgency after attacks in Paris pushed the fight against Islamic State militants to the top of the agenda.
  • 15:38

    World View podcast: Paris Attacks


    In this special edition of World View Paddy Smyth hears from Ruadhan MacCormaic and Lara Marlowe in Paris, Suzanne Lynch from Brussels, and Denis Staunton from London.
    Together they discuss what is known about these attacks, and their likely implications.

  • 15:42
    French soldiers patrol in the subway in Marseille, France, November 15th, following the series of attacks in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
    French soldiers patrol in the subway in Marseille, France, November 15th, following the series of attacks in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
  • 15:44
    A sign advising people of the Louvre museum being closed due to national mourning in Paris, France, November 15th. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA
    A sign advising people of the Louvre museum being closed due to national mourning in Paris, France, November 15th. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA
  • 15:48
    US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron stand in a moment of silence for victims of terrorism, including the attacks in Paris, before they hold a working session on the global economy with fellow world leaders at the start of the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 15th. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
    US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron stand in a moment of silence for victims of terrorism, including the attacks in Paris, before they hold a working session on the global economy with fellow world leaders at the start of the G20 summit at the Regnum Carya Resort in Antalya, Turkey, November 15th. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
  • 16:00

    Reuters reports:



    • Thousands of French troops have been deployed and tourist sites   are closed in Paris, one of the most visited cities on Earth, as more details emerged about the investigation.

    • Authorities say seven suicide bombers blew themselves up during the attacks - three near the stadium, three at the Bataclan concert hall and one not far from it.

    • Three of the seven suicide bombers were French citizens, and so was at least one of the seven who have been arrested in Belgium, French police said.

    • Authorities have not said if more attackers are believed to be at large.

    • A French police official said three Kalashnikovs were found inside a Seat car found in Montreuil, a suburb four miles east of the French capital. It is one of two vehicles known to have been used in the attacks.

    • In Belgium, an official said the seven people detained would hear later whether they would be held in custody longer.  

    • The official said two of the seven attackers who died in Paris on Friday night were French men living in Brussels. He said one was living in the Molenbeek neighbourhood, which is considered a focal point for religious extremism and fighters going to Syria.

  • 16:02
    Identities and final moment of those killed in Paris attacks emerge -
    What we know so far about some of the 129 people killed in Friday’s attacks
  • 16:06
    That's all for now with Irish Times liveblog coverage of the November 13th terror attacks on Paris. Monitor irishtimes.com for further updates with the investigation and reaction in France, Ireland and globally to these events.