French Police Hunt for 8th Paris Attack Suspect

As people morn at various locations Idiot though was funny to use firecrackers to simulate gun shoot Place de la republic was one of the location

French police Sunday questioned close relatives of Omar Ismail Mostefai, the first terrorist identified in the Friday night attack on Paris that killed at least 129 people, and they were searching for a possible eighth suspect who may have gotten away.

Mostefai’s father, brother and sister-in-law were among six people the authorities detained as France observed the first of three days of national mourning in the aftermath of the carnage that has shocked the world.

Mostefai was one of seven attackers, all of them wearing suicide vests packed with explosives, who died during the simultaneous attacks, with six of them blowing themselves up and the seventh killed in a shootout with police. At least three of the seven were French nationals.

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French authorities say a Syrian passport was found next to the body of one of the attackers, with Greece saying he entered Europe as part of the influx of the thousands of migrants fleeing Syria’s civil war.

“We confirm that the (Syrian) passport holder came through the Greek island of Leros on October 3, where he was registered under EU rules,” said Nikos Toskas, the Greek minister for citizen protection. Serbian and Croatian authorities say the man passed through their checkpoints in the days after that.

Above, French National Police tweet containing photo of eigth suspect they are searching for in connection with the terror attacks 

Assault rifles found 

Meanwhile, police said Sunday three AK-47 assault rifles were found in a black Seat Leon car used by gunmen who fired on people at bars and restaurants. The Spanish-manufactured car was discovered parked on a street in the eastern suburb of Montreuil.

A second car believed involved in the attack, a Volkswagen Polo, was found at the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people were killed.

A Belgian official said seven people have been detained there who have been linked to the Paris attacks, with one official saying that two of the seven Paris attackers were French men living in Brussels.

The official said one of the French nationals lived in the Molenbeek neighborhood, an enclave of religious extremism and focal point for fighters headed to Syria.

Global condemnation 

Global leaders continued to condemn the attack, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling on the world to “wake up” to the threat of Islamic extremism.

Pope Francis called it “blasphemy” that the terrorists used the name of God to justify violence and hatred. Speaking to followers in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, the pontiff expressed shock at the “barbarity” of Friday’s attack, saying,  “the road of violence and hatred does not resolve humanity’s problems.”

The secretary general of the world’s largest body of Muslim nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, also condemned the attacks. Iyad Madani said the group rejects terrorist acts that undermine the “values of freedom and equality that France has consistently promoted.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the response to the attacks should be robust, but warned that it should remain within the rule of law. “At this time of heightened tension, I caution against action that would only perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence.”

French Senator Joelle Maylam said there continues to be denial about issues related to the arrival of thousands of refugees on the European continent.  “We need to look into the reason why people are becoming radical,” she said.  “Radicalization is truly important.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did not agree with Maylam.  “There is no need to revise the European Union’s entire refugee policy,” he said at the G-20 summit in Turkey. “Those who organized these attacks, and those who carried them out, are exactly those who the refugees are fleeing.”

Placards reading 'Love is our resistance' and 'Paris is love' are pictured at the Monument a la Republique, at the Place de la Republique in Paris, on Nov. 15, 2015, two days after a series of deadly attacks.
Placards reading ‘Love is our resistance’ and ‘Paris is love’ are pictured at the Monument a la Republique, at the Place de la Republique in Paris, on Nov. 15, 2015, two days after a series of deadly attacks.

Days of mourning

Three teams of gunmen carried out the attacks at multiple locations. Authorities say 352 people were wounded in the killing spree, including 99 in critical condition.

French President Francois Hollande said the attacks, claimed by the Islamic State group, amounted to an “act of war” against his country, and he feared terrorists may be planning more attacks.

In its claim of responsibility, Islamic State lashed out at the countries trying to suppress its attempt to establish a “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, and said France remains “at the top” of its list of preferred targets.

An Islamic State message posted online Saturday said the Paris attacks were a response to the airstrikes the United States and its allies have been launching against its fighters in Iraq and Syria for more than a year.

Six sites across Paris were attacked, including restaurants, a football (soccer) stadium and the Bataclan concert hall.  While all the known attackers were killed, it was not clear whether there might be more, or if accomplices are still lurking in Paris neighborhoods.

Video emerged from the Bataclan concert hall, with police seen caught in a gun battle with some attackers, with several of the officers taking cover.

Other video taken with a cell phone in an alley behind Bataclan showed people pouring out a back exit door, some limping away wounded, others carrying bodies and the wounded. Screams could be distinctly heard.

The Islamic State singled out France in its online statement.  “The stench of death will not leave their noses,” it said of French leaders, “As long as they remain at the forefront of the crusaders’ campaign, dare to curse our prophet, boast of a war with Islam in France, and strike Muslims in the lands of the caliphate with warplanes that were of no use to them in the streets and rotten alleys of Paris.”

In Washington, White House officials said U.S. President Barack Obama huddled with his national security team Saturday before leaving for the G20 summit in Turkey. Officials said Obama and his aides have seen no intelligence that contradicts French assertions that Islamic State was behind the Paris attacks. There is no specific threat to the United States at this time.

Officials said Obama and his aides have seen no intelligence that contradicts French assertions that Islamic State was behind the Paris attacks. There is no specific threat to the United States at this time.

Hunt for attackers

President Hollande, who said hunting down the attackers is a top priority, predicted “France will triumph over this barbarity.” He called an emergency Cabinet meeting Saturday and mobilized the nation’s security forces at the “highest levels.”

Hollande, who called off his trip to Turkey for a G-20 summit scheduled to begin Sunday, asked Paris residents to stay in their homes Saturday. Many of those who ventured outside flocked to medical centers to donate blood for the wounded.

Along with French citizens, the dead include people from Italy,     Algeria, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Morocco, Belgium, Tunisia, Britain, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden. A 23-year-old U.S. student from California was also killed. Twenty to 30 of the victims remain unidentified.

Such acts of solidarity are taking place around the city. Friday’s assault evoked memories of an attack by Islamist gunmen in January that killed 17 people, including staff members of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Hollande ordered France’s borders closed – an unprecedented act in 21st-century Europe. But the main airport in Paris remains open and trains are still running.

Source: French Police Hunt for 8th Paris Attack Suspect

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