Sunday 11 December 2016

Stadium suicide bomber had Syrian passport, say police

Published 14/11/2015 | 12:31

Spectators on the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the terror alert (AP)
Spectators on the pitch of the Stade de France stadium after the terror alert (AP)

A Syrian passport has been found on the body of one of the suicide bombers who targeted France's national football stadium, police officials in Paris said.

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Two suicide attacks and a bombing took place at the Stade de France, just north of the capital, where President Francois Hollande was among thousands of fans watching the national side play a friendly against Germany.

France is part of the US-led coalition that has been striking Islamic State in Syria and Iraq for the past year, and has been targeted by jihadists in the past because of its perceived tolerance of speech deemed offensive to Islam.

The attacks came as foreign ministers from more than a dozen nations gathered in Vienna for talks on a way to resolve the conflict in Syria.

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov condemned the attacks as they began meetings with senior representatives from Iran, Saudi Arabia and other countries with strongly conflicting views on how to end the more than four-year war.

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