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.

    AP: Paris prosecutor: 3 teams of terrorists seem to have coordinated attacks across French capital.
    A stunned Europe steps up security following Paris carnage

    ROME (AP) — Soldiers and paramilitary troops toting semi-automatic rifles patrolled outside the Colosseum and inside St. Peter’s Square on Saturday, as Italy joined the rest of Europe in beefing up security a day after terrorist attacks killed 129 people in Paris. U.K. officials shut down a terminal of Britain’s No. 2 airport for hours after a man was spotted discarding what looked like a firearm.

    Europe has been mostly free of land-based border checks for decades, but the attacks prompted authorities in countries from Belgium to Hungary to re-impose spot inspections of vehicles. Some local authorities vowed to do the work if their national governments don’t.

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

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police in the United States increased patrols in some areas in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people. But authorities noted that the stepped-up security was out of an abundance of caution rather than a response to a specific threat.

    French consulates in New York and Boston received extra security along with French-owned sites in Washington.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state agencies, including the State Police and National Guard, are on heightened alert. Times Square and key transportation sites are seeing increased patrols.

    But elsewhere, like Minnesota’s Mall of America, it was business as usual.
    French airstrike campaign in Syria brings Islamic State fury

    NEW YORK (AP) — In claiming responsibility for the Paris terrorist attacks, the Islamic State group expressed fury at France’s recently launched airstrikes against it in Syria. The strikes have hit multiple training camps and reflect France’s fears that hundreds of French fighters in Syria and Iraq could return home and, as French President Francois Hollande put it last month, “plant bombs in our country.

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    Paris attacks raises security questions ahead of Euro 2016

    In this photo provided Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 by the French Presidential Palace, France's President Francois Hollande is pictured in the security control room at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, north of Paris, during the international friendly soccer match between France and Germany. French President Francois Hollande vowed to attack Islamic State without mercy as the jihadist group admitted responsibility Saturday for orchestrating the deadliest attacks inflicted on France since World War II. (French Presidential Palace via AP) 

    Sports events have been targets of terrorist attacks before: the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, when the Olympic Village was attacked; the African Cup of Nations in 2010 when Togo’s team bus came under gunfire in Cabinda; and more recently at the 2013 Boston marathon where two bombs exploded near the finish line.

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    Local, national Muslim organizations ‘revolted’ by Paris attacks

    The U.S. Muslim Coalition condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris.
    (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

    WASHINGTON — A group of local and national Muslim organizations strongly denounced the terror attacks in Paris Saturday and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

    During a news conference at the headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations asked the American Muslim community to hold candlelight vigils in memory of the victims and in support of their families.

    “We are revolted by this heinous and despicable attack on civilian populations,” said Nihad Awad, with CAIR as he stood with leaders from the other Muslim organizations.

    “USCMO stands consistent with its position against all forms of violence against innocent people anywhere in Turkey, Beirut, Syria, Paris, and on our soil irrespective of the perpetrators, targets, or reasons. These repugnant acts of violence defy the sanctity of every innocent human live and shall always be condemned and rejected,” the council said in a statement.
    Diplomats set plan for political change in Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Kerry arrived for the next round of talks on ending the Syrian war with other key nations. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) 

    VIENNA (AP) — Invoking the need for joint action after the terrorist attacks on Paris, foreign ministers of nearly 20 nations agreed Saturday to an ambitious yet incomplete plan for bringing peace to Syria and ending its role as a breeding ground for ISIS and other radical Islamic groups.

    Countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, which support different sides in the conflict, put aside their dispute to condemn the bombings and shootings that left at least 123 people in the French capital dead Friday. So did Moscow and Washington.

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    Local, national Muslim organizations ‘revolted’ by Paris attacks

    The U.S. Muslim Coalition condemned the terrorist attacks in Paris.
    (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

    WASHINGTON — A group of local and national Muslim organizations strongly denounced the terror attacks in Paris Saturday and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

    During a news conference at the headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations asked the American Muslim community to hold candlelight vigils in memory of the victims and in support of their families.

    “We are revolted by this heinous and despicable attack on civilian populations,” said Nihad Awad, with CAIR as he stood with leaders from the other Muslim organizations.

    “USCMO stands consistent with its position against all forms of violence against innocent people anywhere in Turkey, Beirut, Syria, Paris, and on our soil irrespective of the perpetrators, targets, or reasons. These repugnant acts of violence defy the sanctity of every innocent human live and shall always be condemned and rejected,” the council said in a statement.
    Paris attacks provoke fresh migrant fears in Europe

    BERLIN (AP) — The news that one of the assailants in the Paris attacks may have crossed into Europe with refugees fleeing Syria is raising the fierce debate over Europe’s immigration policy to a new pitch.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, already under pressure from political foes and allies, seemed Saturday to hold onto her stance of placing no limits on the number of people Germany is willing to give refuge to — a stance that is increasingly being called into question.

    In a somber statement hours after the attacks, she urged her countrymen to uphold European values of humanity and compassion in the face of terror.

    “We believe,” she said, “in the right of every person to seek happiness and to enjoy it, in the respect for others and in tolerance.”

    But her optimism, reflected in Merkel’s signature phrase that “we will manage it,” is being met with growing skepticism in Germany and abroad, and not just by those on the far right who have long opposed immigration.

    Even before Friday’s attacks in Paris, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, a close Merkel ally, likened the more than 750,000 migrants who have come to Germany this year to an avalanche. His words reflect fears not just about how long the country of 80 million can keep up its open-door policy, but also about a possible violent backlash.

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    Virginia college, university students abroad being contacted

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia university and college officials are reaching out to students spending the semester abroad to ensure their safety following the deadly attacks in Paris.

    A spokesman for Hollins University says the school has contacted all eight of its student in Paris this fall and all are safe. Spokesman Jeff Hodges said Hollins has not decided yet whether it should suspend the program and bring the students back to the states.

    Roanoke College spokeswoman Teresa Gereaux said the college has contacted three students traveling in Paris. All three are safe.

    The Roanoke Times ( reports that the students are studying in England but were on a trip to Paris.

    At least 127 people were killed and 200 injured in the attacks on Friday.
    Explosive in Paris attacks described as ‘very unstable’

    NEW YORK (AP) — A French prosecutor says all eight of the attackers in the deadly assaults in Paris wore identical explosives vests with the explosive TATP, which has been called the “mother of Satan” because of its volatility.

    TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, is an improvised explosive that also was used in the 2005 London bombings that killed 52 commuters.

    The U.S. government’s National Counterterrorism Center lists TATP as a common explosive and describes it as “relatively easy to synthesize.” Experts have said that tracing the materials used to make the explosive can be difficult because they are so readily available in stores.

    The counterterrorism center’s website describes the explosive as a mixture of “hydrogen peroxide and acetone with the addition of an acid, such as sulfuric, nitric, or hydrochloric acid.”

    It says TATP “can be very unstable and sensitive to heat, shock, and friction.”

    The explosive also was used by Richard Reid, who tried unsuccessfully to detonate a bomb in his shoe during a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001.
    Germany probes arrested man’s links to Paris attacks

    Police in Montenegro said German police informed them they arrested a 51-year-old Montenegrin citizen with “a certain quantity of arms and ammunition” in his car, which was registered in the Balkan country’s capital, Podgorica.

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    In a somber, off-kilter Paris, mass murder leaves emptiness

    A woman reacts as she stands outside Le Carillon restaurant Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Paris. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall. (Steve Parsons PA via AP)  

    PARIS (AP) — The indiscriminate taking of so many lives squeezed life out of Paris itself. Not all life but enough to create a sense of emptiness. Although far from extinguished, the City of Light is now unmistakably dimmed.

    On somber streets, scattered with the dead leaves of autumn, Parisians went through the motions of trying to pick up where they left off before suicide attackers slaughtered 129 people, the latest official count. So much felt wrong and out of kilter.

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    Paris attacks: What you can do to help

    WASHINGTON — Since Friday’s attacks in Paris, the world has showed up to help the people of Paris and those beyond the city who were touched by the terrorism.

    If you’re looking for a way to help, several organizations are more than willing to accept your help. And some individuals may also be grateful for some one-on-one help.

    The citizens of Paris have been using the social media hashtag #PorteOuverte to offer shelter to those displaced by the attacks. But we on this side of the Atlantic can also get in on the act. Hunt #PorteOuverte for people who might be stranded by delayed flights home. They may be running out of money and need a place to stay for a day or two.

    If your bedroom’s not available, how about your dining room? That same stranded person may have a place to say, but could be running out of money for meals. Sharing a dinner or two would certainly help.

    Facebook has a feature called Safety Check, which has been activated during big natural disasters. But Facebook has decided that this tragedy is worthy of activating Safety Check, which lets friends and family know the status of those caught in the literal crossfire.

    And, of course, there’s also money. The International Red Cross, The Red Crescent Societies and Doctors Without Borders are the major relief organizations doing work on the ground in Paris.

    Local French charities would certainly welcome your help. Restaurants du Coeur is a group that gives food to the needy. Secours Populaire Francais helps victims of poverty, disasters and conflicts. Secours Catholique-Caritas France is the major Catholic relief organization in France.

    WTOP’s Rich Johnson contributed to this report
    D.C.’s French-speaking faithful offer prayers for Paris

    The Rev. Jean-Marie Vincent, Paris diocesan priest at Saint Louis de France, in Washington, D.C., says news of the attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 10, 2015, was hard to take. “War is raging all over the place on this planet, but when it hits home you realize it’s awful,” Vincent says.
    (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

    WASHINGTON — The French-speaking faithful in D.C. are praying for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

    “We don’t understand such violence. It hurts us all so,” said the Rev. Jean-Marie Vincent, pastor of Saint Louis de France, a parish house staffed by the diocese of Paris to serve the French-speaking in D.C.

    On Sunday, the parish will host a special prayer vigil at 5 p.m. Saint Louis de-France is located at 4125 Garrison St. Northwest. The parish serves 600 families from a Victorian-style house, where the French Tricolour is draped at the doorway.

    Vincent said the special prayer vigil will include psalms, music and intercessions. “Not to be inflamed with anger,” Vincent said, “but to recall our faith and our relationship to the Lord.

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    A young Parisian says terrorists targeted ‘French way of life’

    AP photo 

    WASHINGTON– It was surreal. Terrifying and surreal. Those are the words that fit what happened in Paris on Friday night.

    One moment 21 year old Parisian student Jad Zahab, was in a theatre, spending the evening watching manufactured movie mayhem in the latest James Bond movie.

    Then, the Twitter account on his phone erupted with messages about the carnage going on just 5 kilometers away in the Bataclan concert hall. Terrorists were picking off helpless audience members with gunfire and deploying explosives. By the time Zahab got out of the movie theater and onto the street, there were no cabs available, and the streets were emptying.

    “In Paris on Friday nights, people are on the streets. There are people walking, people having fun, people drinking,” Zahab says.  But this Friday night, as police sped to the six sites of carnage throughout Paris and residents hunkered down for safety, he said “There was nobody left on the streets–that was really, really frightening.

    Zahab had friends who were attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, the concert hall where so many of the victims of the terrorist attacks were killed. “They thought the shots were part of the show, and then they realized it was not the show—it was an attack.” Zahab says through Twitter posts and texts, he was able to learn that his friends escaped. “They had to walk between dead bodies,” he explained, trying to grasp the horror of the scene. “You never can put in your mind that such a thing is possible.

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    The Latest: Official: Car found, suspected tie to attacks

    9:30 a.m.

    A French judicial official says a Seat car with suspected links to Friday’s deadly Paris attacks has been found by police in Montreuil, a suburb 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles) east of the French capital.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not publicly authorized to speak, could not immediately confirm if this 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 Saturday that gunmen armed with automatic weapons pulled up in that model of car before opening fire, killing 15 people and injuring 10.

    The Islamic state group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded over 350.

    —AP reporter Thomas Adamson in Paris.

    The Latest: Neighbor surprised at arrest of bomber’s brother

    10:35 a.m.

    A French judicial official says among those arrested and being questioned in the Paris attacks investigation was a brother of one of the seven suicide bombers.

    No one answered the door Sunday morning at the brother’s home in the French town of Bondoufle, outside of Paris, but neighbor Eric Pudal said roughly 20 heavily armed police swooped in on the home Saturday evening.

    Pudal said he was startled by the arrest, describing the family, which recently welcomed a baby daughter, as “very nice, very sociable.”

    Pudal said he had never met the reported suicide bomber, Ismael Mostefai, and had never heard him being discussed by his neighbors.

    World leaders aim for stepped-up response to Islamic State
    U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15 2015 for the G-20 summit. The 2015 G-20 Leaders Summit is held near the Turkish Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya on Nov. 15-16, 2015. (Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency via AP, Pool) 

    ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — World leaders gathering for a major summit in the shadow of a horrifying terror spree in Paris are looking to answer a critical question: Beyond tough talk, how will the world respond to bloodshed now extending far beyond the Islamic State group’s foothold in the Middle East?

    The specter of the Islamic State threat and Syria’s civil war hanged over the Turkish seaside city of Antalya on Sunday as leaders descended for the Group of 20 summit of leading rich and developing nations. Although the overlapping crises were already on the lineup for the two days of talks, they were thrust to the forefront by elaborately coordinated attacks that killed 129 in the French capital just two days earlier, in the deadliest attack in the West blamed on the extremist group.

    Jolted to attention by carnage, leaders in Europe, the United States and beyond have pledged to step up the response, with French President Francois Hollande vowing a “merciless” war on the Islamic State. Yet there were few signs of an emerging consensus about exactly what that means.

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    Authorities say one attacker came through Serbia

    NEW: Serbian police say the owner of a passport found near a suicide bomber in Paris entered the country on Oct. 7 from Macedonia — part of a wave of asylum-seekers crossing the Balkans toward Western Europe.
    Pope Francis condemns attacks, calls terrorists' use of God's name 'blasphemy'
    After the deadly attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State militants, Pope Francis said on Sunday that using God's name to justify violence was sacrilege, according to Reuters news.

    "I want to firmly repeat that the path of violence and hate does not resolve humanity's problems, and using the name of God to justify this path is blasphemy," the pope told thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.

    "Such barbarism leaves us stunned and we ask ourselves how the heart of man could plan and execute such horrible acts, which shocked not only France but the whole world," he said.

    The pope then invited the faithful to pray with him for the innocent victims of the attacks.

    Report: One of the attackers was registered refugee

    BREAKING: From Reuters Sunday: 
    The holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one of the gunmen who died in Friday night's attacks in Paris was registered as 
    a refugee in several European countries last month, authorities said.

    The man, identified by Serbian authorities only by his initials A.A., came into Europe through the Greek island of Leros, where he was processed on Oct. 3, Greek officials said 
    on Saturday. He was among 70 refugees who arrived on a small vessel from Turkey..

    Serbian authorities said on Sunday the same man had been registered at a border crossing 
    from Macedonia into Serbia a few days later.

    The information is significant because if one or more of the Paris gunmen turned out to have come into Europe among refugees and migrants fleeing war-torn countries, this could change the
    political debate about accepting refugees.

    "One of the suspected terrorists, A.A., who is of interest to the French security agencies, was registered on the Presevo border crossing on October 7 this year, where he formally sought
    asylum," the Serbian interior ministry said in a statement.
    Report: EU to hold emergency meeting in wake of attacks 

    From Reuters Sunday: Luxembourg, holder of the EU presidency, has called an emergency meeting of European interior ministers on Nov. 20 at France's request to discuss the European response to the attacks in Paris, it said in a statement.

    "Confronted with barbarism and terrorism, Europe stands united with France," the statement said. The aim is to "strengthen the European response while ensuring the follow-up of the measures taken".

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had asked for the meeting.

    It is expected to take place in Brussels, although the timing and precise agenda have not yet been fixed, said an EU diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    Worse than war: Paris doctor recalls night of horror

    LA GARENNE-COLOMBES, France (AP) — In 2008, Philippe Juvin worked for several months as an anesthesiologist with French troops in Afghanistan. Nothing he handled there was as difficult as his night in Paris when terror attacks killed at least 129 people.

    Juvin, the head of the emergency department at Georges Pompidou hospital, said he was called back to work about two hours after the attacks started Friday. The first thing he did was send patients who did not need emergency care home.

    “I went to the waiting room and told them they should leave and see their general practitioner the day after,” Juvin told The Associated Press. “I also made sure that those who needed to be seen quickly were transferred to smaller hospitals for appropriate treatment.

    The victims arrived in waves between 2 and 3 a.m. They were mostly young people shot when gunmen attacked the Bataclan concert hall during a rock show.

    “They were all silent. They couldn’t say a word,” Juvin said. “They were paralyzed by what they saw.


    Paris attacks signal move toward more global ISIS strategy

     In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, file photo, a victim of an attack in Paris lays dead outside the Bataclan theater, Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015.  

    As the deadly attacks in Paris made horrifically clear, the Islamic State group is determined to establish itself as the dominant jihadist movement capable of operating far beyond the limits of its self-declared “caliphate.

    Doing so achieves numerous aims for the group, not least of which could be winning it clout to attract even more recruits. Others may include sharpening divisions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe — and forcing the West into a difficult choice of either backing off or being drawn into what IS would see as a holy war in Syria and Iraq.

    Coming soon after the Islamic State group claimed the downing of the Russian plane in Egypt and deadly suicide bombings in Lebanon and Turkey, the Paris attacks appear to signal a fundamental shift in strategy toward a more global approach that experts suggest is likely to intensify.

    “The message is that this is an open war, not restricted to the conflict zone in Iraq and Syria,” said Bilal Saab, a resident senior fellow for Middle East Security at Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Until now, the militant Sunni group had mostly focused on its internal rivals — Bashar Assad’s regime and rival Muslim Shiites, which the group considers to be heretics.

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    AP: Iraq warned US-led coalition countries of imminent assault before Paris attacks
    Beefed up security at Redskins game in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris.@wtop #ParisAttacks

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