Saturday 21 October 2017

Paris Terror Attack: Young Frenchman with 'known extremism links' named as one of the eight gunmen

Damaged caused to the Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Damaged caused to the Le Carillon bar, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

David Kearns

One of the gunmen in the Paris attack which killed 127 people was a young French man known for links with Islamic extremism, police have said.

The French national is believed to be among the four men who stormed the Bataclan concert hall overnight, killing at least 82 people, a source close to the investigation said.

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According to broadcaster BFMTV, one of the killers at the Bataclan concert hall has been identified by their fingerprints and was French.

The TV station said the French national was known to intelligence services.

It also said that in addition to a Syrian passport found at the scene of a deadly stadium attack in the north of the city, an Egyptian passport was found close to the body of one of the assailants.

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With police now searching for possible accomplices of the Paris terrorists, reports in France also say officers want to trace a suspicious black car with Belgian plates that was seen near the Bataclan venue. 

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the multiple attacks across the capital – and has warned that France would remain at the "top of the list of targets" over its airstrikes on IS territory in Syria and Iraq.

It said in an online statement that eight militants armed with explosive belts and guns chose targets "in the capital of adultery and vice".

French President Francois Hollande earlier the assaults were an "act of war" by IS.

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