Paris Terror Attacks


Paris Terror Attacks

The terror attacks on Nov. 13 in Paris killed 130 people and injured hundreds more. Find the latest updates as France and the world responds to the ongoing threat from the Islamic State group.

    Security up in some US locales, business as usual at others

    Lowered flags wave in the breeze at the French consulate in New York, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French officials say several dozen people were killed in shootings and explosions at a theater, restaurant and elsewhere in Paris on Friday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) 

    NEW YORK (AP) — Times Square, French consulates and sports stadiums saw increased security Saturday, but authorities noted the stepped-up patrols were out of an abundance of caution following the Paris terror attacks that killed more than 120.

    Consulates in New York and Boston received extra security along with French-owned sites in Washington. But elsewhere, like Minnesota’s Mall of America, it was business as usual.

    “I think like all New Yorkers, we feel solidarity, we know how this feels; it hits home personally,” said Ronnie De La Cruz, who was born in Paris, but has lived in the United States since the 1960s. After leaving a floral tribute at the French Consulate on Fifth Avenue, across from Central Park, he shrugged off any concerns about security.

    “I think that certainly here in New York is probably about as best as it can be,” he said.

    Read more here.

    After attacks, Democrats debate terrorism and economy

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the country still reeling from deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, Hillary Rodham Clinton cast herself as America’s strongest leader in a scary world, even as she found herself forced to defend her own role during the rise of the Islamic State militants.

    “This election is not only about electing a president, it’s also about choosing our next commander in chief,” Clinton declared Saturday night in the Democrats’ second debate of the presidential campaign. “All of the other issues we want to deal with depend upon us being secure and strong.

    Read more here.

    AP: Firecrackers spur false alarm in Plaza de Republique

    Two French law enforcement officials say a collective panic in several Paris neighborhoods, including Plaza de Republique, was a false alarm. One of the officials said the crowd in the plaza apparently panicked after hearing firecrackers.

    A French security official said someone had reached out to police in the plaza out of panic, and when officers arrived with weapons drawn, the crowd dispersed in fear. 

    The official called it a moment of collective panic. The official had no information of any threats to the area.

    Both officials weren't authorized to be publicly named according to government policy. 

    Close by, panic broke out near a small Cambodian restaurant and a bar that were the scenes of shooting on Friday night and police were seen running with guns drawn.

    -- By Jamey Keaten and Lori Hinnant

    AP: IOC chief cried as French fans sang anthem

    International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says ``I cried'' when watching images of French soccer fans singing the national anthem as they left the Stade de France stadium following Friday's attacks. 

    The series of attacks that struck Paris began when suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the Stade de France some 20 minutes into the match between France and Germany on Friday night. 

    After the game had finished, they left the stadium in a climate of tension but not giving in to panic, maintaining their calm as they walked back to their cars or to a nearby railway station. 

    ``When I saw people leaving the stadium singing La Marseillaise, I cried,'' Bach said on France 2 television on Sunday. ``We're all French because the acts are not only an attack against Parisians or the French, but they're attacks against humanity and against human values. It goes without saying that we're all together with our friends in France.'' 

    The attacks in Paris came as the French capital bids to host the 2024 Olympics. Rome, Los Angeles, Hamburg and Budapest are the other candidates. The IOC will select the host city in 2017.

    AP: Paris eatery owner's friend recalls attack scene

    Mourners gathered in silence to lay white flowers  outside a restaurant on Paris' trendy rue de Charonne where attackers with a purported link to the Islamic State group went on a rampage, killing 19 people and critically wounding nine others. 

    A friend of restaurant owner Gregory Reibenberg said he rushed to the scene shortly after the attack Friday evening. ``The first thing I saw was my best friend Gregory picking up his dead wife, trying to run for help,'' said Youssef Boudjema, who'd returned to the Belle Epoque restaurant Sunday. 

    Hundreds of mourners have been coming here over the past day and a half, leaving flowers and candles in honor of the victims.
    AP: Greeks detail Syrian passport owner's movements

    A Greek official says that the owner of a Syrian passport found near one of the suicide bombers in Paris was processed on the island of Leros and stayed there for five days before arriving by ship in Athens.

    The deputy interior minister in charge of migrant policy, Yiannis Mouzalas, says the man entered Leros on Oct. 3 after setting out from the Turkish coast. Mouzalas says the man was registered on the same day and arrived in Athens on Oct. 8.

    From then on, authorities didn't track him. 

    The passport was also registered in October in Serbia and Croatia, also countries on the corridor that crosses the Balkans and is known for lax controls and ease in obtaining transit documents. The owner was allowed to proceed because he passed what is essentially the only test in place _ he had no international arrest warrant against him, police in the states said Sunday.

    It was not clear whether the passport was real or fake, or whether it belonged to the suicide bomber. But trafficking in fake Syrian passports has increased as hundreds of thousands of people try to get refugee status, the chief of the European Union border agency Frontex has said.

    Mouzalas added that the man was detected in Croatia, but didn't provide further details. 

    Mouzalas defended Greece's registration of incoming migrants, adding that this processing ought to be done by Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

    Security stepped up for Redskins' home game Sunday

    There was heightened police presence for the Washington Redskins' home game against the New Orleans Saints , in response to the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.

    Photos by WTOP's Kathy Stewart

    AP: The world's tallest skyscraper has been lit up in tribute to France and those killed in the attacks in Paris. 

    The top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was illuminated in the red, white and blue of the French flag. Other landmark buildings in the United Arab Emirates, including the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab building, also paid tribute with lights on their facade in those colors. 

    Leaders from across the Muslim world have expressed their condolences over the attacks, with Saudi King Salman sending French President Francois Hollande a cable Saturday saying that such attacks are "unaccepted by any religion and international norms."
    Iraq warned of attacks before Paris assault

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Senior Iraqi intelligence officials warned members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group of imminent assaults by the militant organization just one day before last week’s deadly attacks in Paris killed 129 people, The Associated Press has learned.

    Iraqi intelligence sent a dispatch saying the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq and Syria, as well as on Iran and Russia, through bombings or other attacks in the days ahead.

    The dispatch said the Iraqis had no specific details on when or where the attack would take place, and a senior French security official told the AP that French intelligence gets this kind of communication “all the time” and “every day.”

    A man carries two children after panic broke out among mourners who payed their respect at the attack sites at restaurant Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia) and the Carillon Hotel in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Thousands of French troops deployed around Paris on Sunday and tourist sites stood shuttered in one of the most visited cities on Earth while investigators questioned the relatives of a suspected suicide bomber involved in the country's deadliest violence since World War II. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) 

    The Latest: Alabama will refuse Syrian refugees

    PARIS (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to his state.

    In a news release Sunday Bentley said, “After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.

    According to the release Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is working diligently with federal agencies to monitor any possible threats. To date there has been no credible intelligence of terror threats in Alabama.

    Follow the latest developments. 

    France bombs Islamic State HQ, hunts attacker who got away

    PARIS (AP) — France launched “massive” air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital in Syria Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in the city of Raqqa, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned.

    Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its bombing campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September, a Defense Ministry statement said. The jets launched from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with U.S. forces.

    On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey on Sunday, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country was justified in taking action in Syria.

    “It was normal to take the initiative and action and France had the legitimacy to do so. We did it already in the past, we have conducted new airstrikes in Raqqa today, Fabius said. “One cannot be attacked harshly, and you know the drama that is happening in Paris, without being present and active.

    Meanwhile, as police announced seven arrests and hunted for more members of the sleeper cell that carried out the Paris attacks that killed 129 people, French officials revealed to The Associated Press that several key suspects had been stopped and released by police after the attack.

    The arrest warrant for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels, calls him very dangerous and warns people not to intervene if they see him.

    Read more here.

    The flag of the United States is flown at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol, as a mark of respect for victims of the Paris attacks, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 in Washington. President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. flag be lowered to half-staff at the White House, federal buildings across the country and American military and diplomatic stations around the world, in solidarity with France by proclamation Sunday. The flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) 
    PARIS (AP) -- France's prime minister says there have been 150 police raids
    overnight in the country.

    French PM: 'Over 150 police raids' overnight

    PARIS (AP) -- France’s prime minister says there have been “over 150 police raids” overnight in France.

    Manuel Valls spoke on French radio RTL Monday morning, reaafirming President Francois Hollande’s declaration that “we are at war” against terrorism following Friday’s attacks in Paris.

    Valls also warned that more attacks could hit “in the coming days, in the coming weeks.”

    World leaders pressed for response to Paris attacks

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Pressed for a strong answer to the Islamic State group’s assault on Paris, the world’s top industrial and developing nations are set to outline their coordinated response to what President Barack Obama has described as an “attack on the civilized world.”

    The leaders of the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations were wrapping up their two-day summit in Turkey Monday against the backdrop of heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State’s stronghold in Iraq. The bombings marked a significant escalation of France’s role in the fight against the extremist group.

    Read more here.


    A list of French victims can be found here.

    United States: An American student studying abroad in Paris is among the 129 victims of Friday’s attacks. Nohemi Gonzalez, 23, of El Monte, California, was a student at California State University Long Beach. The university has confirmed her death. Gonzalez was at one of the restaurants targeted by the attackers.

    United Kingdom: Nick Alexander,36, was killed while working at the merchandise table during the Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan.

    Belgium: Two Belgian citizens were killed, but no other details have been provided.

    Sweden: One Swedish citizen was killed and others were injured, the Swedish foreign minister said.

    Romania: A report from the Romanian foreign ministry lists two Romanians killed in the attacks, without further information.

    Mexico: Mexico’s government says two of its citizens died in the attacks. The foreign ministry has not said where the two women died, nor have their identities been revealed. All that is known at this time is that one woman had dual Mexican-U.S. citizenship and the other had Mexican-Spanish citizenship.

    Spain: Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, 29, was killed inside the Bataclan.

    Tunisia: Two Tunisian women were killed, no other details were given.

    Chile: Two Chilean citizens were killed, an older man living in Paris and a woman the Chilean government described as a “Chilean exile,” according to the BBC. Her daughter, a French citizen, was also killed.

    Portugal: A 63-year-old Portuguese man living in Paris was killed in one of the explosions at the Stadium.

    President Barack Obama, United States: Attacks are “an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.” He has vowed to do whatever it takes to bring those responsible to justice. He also referred to the attacks as a “heartbreaking situation” and “an attack on all humanity.”

    Secretary of State John Kerry, United States: Kerry referred to Friday’s events as “heinous, evil and vile,” calling them “an assault on our common humanity.” He says the United States is ready “to provide whatever the French government may require.”

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations: The Secretary-General has condemned “the despicable attacks” in Paris. The U.N. Security Council has also spoken out against “the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks,” underlining the urgency of bringing the perpetrators of the attacks to justice.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany: Merkel says she is “deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris.” Merkel issued a statement saying her thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the attacks.

    President Hassan Rouhani, Iran: Rouhani sent a message of support to Hollande and has condemned the attacks. He was quoted as saying that if Iran itself “has been a victim of the scourge of terrorism.” Rouhani has cancelled upcoming trips to France and Italy this week. France was one of the countries involved in negotiations with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

    Prime Minister David Cameron, The United Kingdom: Cameron says he is “shocked” by the violence in Paris. He wrote on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”

    President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates: The president sent Hollande a telegram with condolences and support, according to the Associated Press.

    Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Ruler of Kuwait: Sheikh Al Sabah offered his condolences in a statement, saying that “these criminal acts of terrorism… run counter to all teachings of holy faith and humanitarian values.”

    Foreign minister Hong Lei, China: Hong says China is “deeply shocked” by the attacks and pledges its support in combating terrorism.

    Pope Francis: Pope Francis expressed his deepest condolences to French President Francois Hollande and to the French people, adding that “the road of violence and hatred does not resolve humanity’s problems. And using the name of God to justify this road is blasphemy.”

    -- The Associated Press
    More suicide bombers named

    Authorities have named two more of the suicide bombers responsible for the Friday the 13th terrorist rampage across Paris that killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more.

    A judicial source speaking on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to speak publicly said the 20-year-old Frenchman police identified as one of the three suicide bombers to strike at the Stade de France stadium was Bilal Hadfi.

    A 31-year-old identified by police as the suicide bomber who detonated his explosive vest on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris was named as Brahim Abdeslam, the source said. Abdeslam is the older brother of 26-year-old Saleh Abdeslam, who is currently the subject of an international manhunt.

    A third suicide bomber, Ismael Mostefai, 29, had already been named by police, after being identified through remains found at the Bataclan music hall, another of the six separate attack sites across Paris and its suburbs.

    More here.
    Focus on passport in Paris highlights lack of migrant checks

    The focus on a Syrian passport found near the body of a suicide bomber in the Paris attacks highlights an uncomfortable reality: European authorities are completing few checks on the hundreds of thousands of people moving across their territory fleeing war and poverty.

    More here.
    Video from my phone during the minute of silence just finished here in France, at the Place de la Republique, Paris.


    The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying France would remain at the “top of the list” of its targets, the Associated Press reports.

    Using strong, evocative language, the online statement from the group says the attacks on “the capital of adultery and vice” had carefully chosen targets, including the concert hall where “hundreds of apostolates were attending an adulterous party.”

    The statement said France and its supporters “will remain at the top of the list of targets for the Islamic State…The stench of death will not leave their noses as long as they remain at the forefront of the crusader’s campaign…”

    France is part of the U.S.-led coalition striking the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria for the past year. France has been targeted in the past because of its perceived tolerance of speech deemed offensive to Islam.

    The statement does not provide the identities or nationalities of the attackers.
    ALERT: President Obama says it would be a mistake to send U.S. troops into ground war against
    Islamic State.

    President Obama on U.S. accepting refugees: "Slamming our door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values."
    Local French waitress finds support among Americans

    A Georgetown waitress, who’s from Paris, is still in disbelief about what happened to her country. And she felt  helpless watching the events unfold in her home city. 

    Read the full story here

    Analyzing the strategy to combat ISIS - Jeff McCausland, CBS News military consultant and retired Army colonel

    Enhanced security around D.C. landmarks, transit systems continues

    WTOPWASHINGTON — There is a heightened level of security around the D.C. area. Agencies that took steps to increase patrols following the attacks in Paris on Friday say that extra vigilance will continue. Metro has increased…

    The Eiffel Tower, which had dimmed its light after Friday's attack, stand re-illuminated in the French colors in honor of the victims, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    The 116-year-old international symbol of Paris will remain lit up in the colors of the French flag for three nights.

    After the relighting, Paris’ motto “Fluctuat nec mergitur” or “Tossed but not sunk” was to be projected onto the 300-meter (986-foot) monument visible across the French capital.

    The tower reopened to visitors Monday afternoon.

    - Associated Press

    No arrests after raids in Brussels - Teri Schultz, CBS News Brussels reporter

    @WTOP As a visitor to the city in Sept I found D.C to be one of the safest cities I've ever visited. Long may it stay this way. Keep safe
    .@MetroTransitPD Chief Ron Pavlik speaking now about security @WTOP
    Pavlik: Random explosives bag searches are an important part of security, and we're now increasing the frequency of them @WTOP

    Quick thinking averted massacre at Paris attacks stadium

    WTOPSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — The suicide bombers’ remains, clingy flecks of flesh spread in a 10-meter (yard) radius around where they exploded, were flushed down the drains of the city they sought to terrorize, washed…
    15:33 GMT - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the attacks in Paris show the need for his proposal for an international anti-terror coalition to be realised.
    "I think that not only we are able, but it is also indispensible" to form an international anti-terrorist coalition, Putin tells reporters after the G20 in Turkey. "I spoke about this at the United Nations... and the tragic events that followed have confirmed that we were right."
    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:20:37 PM
    Syria strikes
    15:45 GMT - In his solemn address to lawmakers, Hollande says France will "intensify its operations in Syria" and "continue the strikes in the weeks to come".
    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:21:25 PM
    Ideological battle
    16:30 GMT - A leading Sunni Muslim cleric has called for an ideological battle against IS, including the deployment and training of moderate clerics in Europe to counter extremist thought.
    "It primarily requires an intellectual treatment," Abbas Shoman, the deputy sheikh of Egypt's Al-Azhar institute, tells AFP, adding "it should not be limited to security treatment."
    Al-Azhar head Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, condemning the attacks, described them as contrary to religion, and added: "The problem is, those who control religious discourse, they and their stances should be reviewed."
    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:22:54 PM
    16:36 GMT - Hollande's long and solemn speech to parliament rounded off with a rendition by lawmakers of the Marseillaise, the French national anthem.
    In the fight against the extremists, the French president said he wanted increased international assistance, adding: "I will meet in the coming days with US President Obama and President Putin."

    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:23:03 PM
    Paris suspect
    17:27 GMT - The brother of wanted Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam says that he does not know where he is, adding that his sibling is a "normal lad".
    "As far as my brother is concerned, we don't know where he is right now," Mohammed Abdeslam tells Belgium's RTL television at his family home in Brussels after he was released by police without charge after two days in detention.
    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:23:50 PM
    Historic address
    17:30 GMT - President Francois Hollande's speech is only the second time in more than 150 years a French president has addressed a joint session of parliament.
    Describing the coordinated attacks that killed 129 people as "acts of war," Hollande urged a global fightback to crush IS and said he would hold talks with his US and Russian counterparts on a new offensive.
    "The need to destroy Daesh (IS) ... concerns the entire international community," he told lawmakers, who burst into an emotional rendition of the La Marseillaise national anthem after his speech.
    by AFP via Paris terror attacks - LIVE REPORT 11/16/2015 9:24:02 PM
Powered by ScribbleLive Content Marketing Software Platform