Paris terror attacks: ‘Rifles found in abandoned car’ as one terrorist is named
Kalashnikov rifles have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used in the Paris gun and bomb attacks, French media are reporting. Officials said a Seat car was discovered in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, but they could not confirm if this was the black Seat spotted at the scene of attacks on Le Carillon bar and Le Petit Cambodge restaurant. Three of the suicide bombers in the Paris atrocities were French, according to reports. It comes as a French citizen – Ismael Omar Mostefai – was named as one of the terrorists who was reportedly inside the Bataclan concert hall where at least 89 people died. At least six people have now been arrested in Belgium and on the Belgian-French border, but Belgian officials have declined to comment on reports the attacks were largely planned in Brussels.
We can say at this stage of the investigation there were probably three co-ordinated teams of terrorists behind this barbaric act. We have to find out where they came from… and how they were financed.
Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins
A French official said a brother of one of the seven suicide bombers was among those facing questioning. As investigators try to identify all the attackers, and any potential accomplices, they are also examining two passports found at the scenes of the attacks. The Mayor of Chartres said Mostefai, 29, was killed carrying out one of six attacks on Friday night. French newspaper Le Monde said he was identified from a print from his severed finger, discovered after he detonated a suicide vest inside the Bataclan. Mostefai was born in Courcouronnes, Essonne, and lived in Chartres, southwest of Paris. He had a criminal record and was known to security services but had not spent time in jail or been linked to any extremist groups. According to French news website RTL, Mostefai’s brother turned up at a police station near his home in the south of Paris explaining that he had not been heard from in months. Former neighbours described Mostefai as “a bloke like any other”.
Faced with war, the country must take appropriate action. France will be merciless towards these barbarians.
French President Francois Hollande