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Paris Terror Attacks: International manhunt under way for on-the-run French terror suspect - his two brothers also involved with one arrested in Belgium, the other shot died in attack

Press Association reporters

Published 15/11/2015 | 17:24

In this Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 picture people gather around a peace sign with Eiffel Tower, realized by candles, during a rally for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Banner in French reads : No to terrorism. Multiple attacks across Paris on Friday night have left scores dead and hundreds injured. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
In this Saturday Nov. 14, 2015 picture people gather around a peace sign with Eiffel Tower, realized by candles, during a rally for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Banner in French reads : No to terrorism. Multiple attacks across Paris on Friday night have left scores dead and hundreds injured. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

An international hunt has been launched for a Frenchman believed to have been directly involved in the Paris atrocities.

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He is one of three brothers believed to have been involved in planning and carrying out the assault - one died in the attack and another was arrested in Belgium.

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Paris terror attacks

British police and spies are working closely with counterparts in France and Belgium to identify and pursue those behind the massacre.

Security has been beefed up in UK cities and ports as Britons were urged to remain vigilant, although the terror threat level has not been changed from the second-highest "severe" rating.

The man sought by the authorities is believed to have rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by a group of hostage-takers that left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan concert hall.

Speaking after leading a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Home Secretary Theresa May said the UK authorities were working to help find anyone involved in the "barbaric attacks" in the French capital.

Atrocity: Medics evacuate an injured person on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theatre, yesterday morning after Paris was hit by multiple terrorist attacks
Atrocity: Medics evacuate an injured person on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theatre, yesterday morning after Paris was hit by multiple terrorist attacks
A picture taken on November 14, 2015 shows the Eiffel Tower with its lights turned off following the deadly attacks in Paris. Islamic State jihadists claimed a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris that killed at least 129 people in scenes of carnage at a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium. The Eiffel Tower was closed, the Champs-Elysees was lifeless and museums, markets and schools were shuttered today as Paris reeled after the bloodiest terror attack in French history. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Britons have been urged to join in an Europe-wide minute's silence on Monday at 11am UK time - noon in Paris.

More details have emerged about the Islamic State (IS) attack which was the worst terrorist outrage in Europe for more than a decade, leaving at least 129 dead and 350 wounded.

:: Seven people were detained in Belgium in connection with the attacks.

:: Two of the terrorists killed on Friday night were Frenchmen living in the Belgian capital Brussels.

:: As many as three of the seven suicide bombers were French, as was at least one of the men arrested in Belgium.

:: Three Kalashnikov assault rifles were discovered inside a Seat car used in the attacks which was found in the suburb of Montreuil, four miles east of Paris.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and The Edge of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and The Edge of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 14: Bono and The Edge of U2 place flowers on the pavement near the scene of yesterday's Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously, following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
People listen to speakers at a vigil in Trafalgar Square in London, following the terror attacks which killed at least 127 people in Paris last night . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 14, 2015. See PA story POLICE Paris. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
A man listens to speakers at a vigil in Trafalgar Square in London, following the terror attacks which killed at least 127 people in Paris last night . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 14, 2015. See PA story POLICE Paris. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire

:: One of the attackers was identified as 29-year-old Frenchman Ismael Mostefai, who had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism

:: Mostefai's father and brother have been arrested.

:: Prosecutors believe three teams of terrorists carried out the co-ordinated attacks.

:: At least one of the attackers is believed to have passed through Greece as a refugee.

Nick Alexander, 36, from Colchester, the only British fatality confirmed so far, was selling merchandise for rock group Eagles of Death Metal when their concert at the Bataclan venue was targeted.

Video has emerged of the moment the terrorists attacked, firing repeatedly at fans as band members fled the stage.

The UK's ambassador in Paris, Peter Ricketts, laid flowers at an impromptu shrine outside the venue today, describing it as "intensely moving".

Setting out the British response, Mrs May said: "The UK police and security services are working very closely with their counterparts in France and Belgium to identify all those involved and to pursue anyone who may have been involved in the preparation of these barbaric attacks."

She added: "The UK stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with France. The terrorists will not win, we will defeat them."

Extra security measures have been put in place around Britain, Mrs May said.

"People will see increased security at the borders, increased checks taking place.

"There is also some increased police presence in major cities as well."

Mrs May confirmed that there were "tried and tested" measures for the military to respond to a marauding attack by terrorist gunmen.

Reports have suggested that special forces are geared to intervene if an attack like the one carried out in Paris was attempted on British soil.

The Home Secretary said: "Since the firearms attack that took place in 2008 in Mumbai, we have been building the capability of police here in the UK to respond to a multiple firearms attack and developing that capability - different training for the police and ensuring that they are able to respond quickly to such an event.

"Indeed there was a major exercise just this summer on the streets of London testing what their response would be to an attack of this sort.

"Of course there are tried and tested arrangements in place for military support to be provided to the police when that's necessary.

"We are obviously reviewing these arrangements to see whether there is anything we need to learn from what has happened in Paris to further develop our capability."

A team from the Foreign Office has travelled to Paris to assist Britons injured or traumatised by the violence.

Mrs May said: "There is considerable consular work being done by the British embassy but also a crisis team was sent out from the Foreign Office here in the UK to provide extra support to those who are in hospital, those who have obviously been caught up in this.

"Support will also be available to those who are returning who have been part of witnessing these terrible events."

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