Thursday 29 September 2016

Paris Terror Attacks: Did the jihadists give warning of the attack?

Published 16/11/2015 | 13:28

Soldiers patrol in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, as security in creases in the French capital after last Friday's series of deadly attacks
Soldiers patrol in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, as security in creases in the French capital after last Friday's series of deadly attacks

A series of tweets appeared before the attacks hinting at the bloodshed to come, The New York Post reports

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A twitter account operated by Isil supporters said Paris should be prepared, just 19 hours before the attack started.

“Soon in the centre of Paris, God willing…” the @Jihad_For_IS account said, with two emojis – an explosion and a fire.

The account has now been shut down.

It was also revealed that a senior Iraqi intelligence official warned the US-led coalition – which includes France – about a looming threat of “bombings or assassinations or hostage taking” just one day before the Paris attacks. It’s not known how specific the intelligence was.

The French government has called the Paris attacks an act of war and said it would not end its air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date on Sunday targeting the Islamic State's stronghold in the city of Raqqa. The operation was carried out in coordination with U.S. forces.

Police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight following the Paris attacks.

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