3 of 7 dead suicide bombers in Paris were Frenchmen… France mourns

People have placed flowers and candles to mourn for the victims killed in the Friday's attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.
People have placed flowers and candles to mourn for the victims killed in the Friday’s attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015.

Three of the seven suicide bombers killed in the Paris attacks were French citizens, as was at least one of the seven other people arrested in neighboring Belgium suspected of links to the attacks.

A French police official confirmed that the suicide attacker identified by a skin sample had been living in a Paris suburb. A Belgian official said two of the seven suicide bombers were French men living in Brussels, and among those arrested was another French citizen living in the Belgian capital.

The new information highlighted growing fears of possible homegrown terrorism in France, a country that has exported more jihadis than any other in Europe.

Seven people were detained Sunday in Belgium in connection with deadly attacks in Paris as the city entered three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the worst violence in France in decades.

Thousands of French troops were deployed and tourist sites stood shuttered in one of the most visited cities on Earth, while more details started to emerge about the investigation.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s gun and bomb attacks on a stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes that also wounded 350 people, 99 of them seriously.

Authorities said three teams of attackers were involved and seven suicide bombers blew themselves up — three near the stadium and three at the concert hall and one not far from it.

Authorities have not said if there are more attackers at large.

A French police official said Sunday that three Kalashnikovs were found inside a Seat car found in Montreuil, a suburb 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles) east of the French capital. It was one of two vehicles known to have been used in the attacks. The official, who could not be named because the investigation is ongoing, said the weapons have not yet been analyzed.

In Belgium, an official said the seven people detained would hear later Sunday whether they would be held in custody longer. Three other people were arrested there Saturday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation, also said two of the seven attackers who died in Paris on Friday night were French men living in Brussels. He said one was living in the Molenbeek neighborhood, which is considered a focal point for religious extremism and fighters going to Syria.

Security was heightened across France, across Europe’s normally open borders, even across the ocean to New York, and how to respond to the Paris attacks became a key point among U.S. Democratic presidential hopefuls at a debate Saturday night.

President Barack Obama on Sunday called the terror attacks in Paris an “attack on the civilized world.”

Obama, speaking at the G-20 summit in Turkey focusing on fighting terrorism, pledged U.S. solidarity with France in the effort to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

At the request of France, the European Union will hold a special meeting of its interior and justice ministers Friday to assess the impact of the Paris attacks.

In Paris, the shining sun and warm air felt cruelly incongruous.

Streets, parks and commerce were unusually empty for such a mild, clear day, and several city monuments were closed for security reasons or to express the city’s grief.

Some Parisians and tourists defied the high security, walking past heavily-armed soldiers in body armor to take pictures beneath the Eiffel Tower.

In its statement claiming responsibility, the Islamic State group called Paris “the capital of prostitution and obscenity” and mocked France’s air attacks on suspected IS targets in Syria and Iraq.

President Francois Hollande has said that France, which is already bombing Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in a U.S.-led coalition, would increase its military efforts to crush IS and be “merciless” against the extremists.

The investigation sprawled well beyond France’s borders, since Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said some attackers mentioned Syria and Iraq.

French authorities are particularly concerned about the threat from hundreds of French Islamic radicals who have traveled to Syria and returned home, possibly with dangerous skills.

Details about one attacker began to emerge: 29-year-old Frenchman Ismael Mostefai, who had a record of petty crime and had been flagged in 2010 for ties to Islamic radicalism. He was identified from fingerprints found on a finger amid the bloody carnage from a Paris concert hall, the Paris prosecutor said. A judicial official and lawmaker Jean-Pierre Gorges confirmed his identity.

Police detained his father, a brother and other relatives Saturday night, and they were still being questioned Sunday, the judicial official said.

Struggling to keep his country calm and united after an exceptionally violent year, Hollande met Sunday with opposition leaders — conservative rival and former President Nicolas Sarkozy as well as increasingly popular far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has used the attacks on Paris to advance her anti-immigrant agenda.

After the meeting, Sarkozy called for a change in France’s Syria policy, suggesting the country needs to work with both Russia and the U.S. to “destroy” IS.

“We need everyone … there can’t be two coalitions in Syria,” Sarkozy said.

On the streets, the entire nation was enveloped in mourning. Flags were lowered and Notre Dame Cathedral — closed to tourists like many Paris sites — planned a special church service later Sunday for victims’ families. Well-wishers heaped flowers and notes on a monument to the dead in the neighborhood where attackers sprayed gunfire on cafe diners and concert-goers.

Quentin Bongard said he left one of the targeted cafes after a fight with his girlfriend just moments before the attacks.

“Those are all places that I go often to,” the Paris resident said, still shaken. “We just want to come here, bring flowers, because we don’t want to be terrorized … but it is frightening.”

Yet even in their grief, residents were defiant about the lifestyle that has made their city a world treasure. Olivier Bas was among several hundred who gathered late Saturday at the site of the Bataclan hall massacre. Although Paris was quiet and jittery, Bas intended to go out for a drink — “to show that they won’t win.”

Meanwhile, refugees fleeing to the continent by the tens of thousands feared that the Paris attacks will prompt EU nations to put up even more razor-wire border fences and other obstacles to their quest to start a new life.

A Syrian passport found next to the body of one of the men who attacked France’s national stadium suggested that its owner passed through Greece into the European Union and on through Macedonia and Serbia last month. It’s a route tens of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in Syria and elsewhere have been using.

A top European Union official insisted Sunday that the bloc’s refugee policy doesn’t need to be overhauled in the wake of the Paris attacks and urged world leaders not to start treating asylum-seekers as terrorists.

“Those who organized these attacks, and those who carried them out, are exactly those who the refugees are fleeing,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters at the G-20 summit in Turkey. “There is no need to revise the European Union’s entire refugee policy.”

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19 responses to “3 of 7 dead suicide bombers in Paris were Frenchmen… France mourns”

  1. Kadyrov reported the destruction of 200 Chechens from the ranks of IS http://lenta.ru/news/2015/11/15/kadyrov/

  2. (GT) Evening of November 15 around 19:00 local time (20:00 Israel time)
    French media reported that Paris police received reports of shooting in
    the Marais, one of the oldest quarters of the capital, which houses the
    central synagogue.

    Posted about shooting in the Jewish quarter was received shortly
    before the synagogue was to begin mourning ceremony dedicated to the
    memory of victims of the terrorist attacks on November 13.

    correspondent of the Israeli radio “Reshet Bet”, located in the
    synagogue, said that it is likely, is a false signal, because of which a
    little earlier had evacuated all people from the Republic Square. Israeli journalist also reported that French police stepped up
    security of the Jewish Quarter, with particular attention to the safety
    of visitors synagogue.

    24 French television channel, citing police sources reported that the police also received a report about the explosions. that were heard near the Republic Square. Sounds of explosions, according to police, were the result of an explosion of firecrackers

  3. (GT) In the evening on November 15 in the official Twitter-account French police published a photograph and the data of the eighth, hiding terrorists. This 26 year old Salah Abdesalam, a native of Belgium. He put on the international wanted list. “If you have information that may help to apprehend the offender to contact us immediately,” – said in a statement https://twitter.com/PNationale/status/665939383418273793/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Anarchists Exist in any Culture. Some of us use less destructive ways to make changes.

  5. The head of the French Interior Ministry blamed for the attacks “barbarians from Syria” http://lenta.ru/news/2015/11/15/barbarians/

    1. Joern Jörner Avatar
      Joern Jörner

      New twists of political correctness .. The main thing is not to let slip that they were Muslims, which you have launched millions to your country without thinking of the consequences

      1. what is it about world leaders that stiffnes their toung when they need to utter the words “islamic terrorists”?
        “Barberians from Syria”..we all know Syria is full of blood thersty Budhists

        1. These Buddhists?

          “The Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority are considered by the UN to be one of the most oppressed people on Earth as their existence is denied completely but the Burmese government, who has forced them to claim Bengali nationality, trapping them into deportation or life on a concentration camp.
          The Kachin Christian minority have consistently been targeted for their Christian beliefs. The Burmese government has even offered rewards for their conversion to Buddhism –exemption from forced labor, lower prices for basic food and greater educational opportunities. They have been the targets of mass shelling by the Burmese military and the victims of gross human rights abuses including being used as human landmine shields, rape, torture, disappearance, forced relocation, and the destruction of food and property.
          The Shan community lives unprotected against damaging environmental drilling and hazardous dumping from government-sponsored mining projects that families use for agricultural and domestic use.
          The Chin Christian minority continue to be persecuted as restrictions are put on their ability to visibly practice Christianity. Many Chin are part of forced labor programs through the army and are banned from attending culturally-Chin private schools.”

          1. Rohingya Muslims can flow to Syria or Iraq after war or to Pakistan, Indonesia now if they want?

          2. no..the peacefull ones. you can find them next to the peacefull arabs

          3. really also peaceful? muslims just assholes cover for muslim extremists and killers http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

          4. was being cynical..

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            lol … and the peace jews …

          6. fair enough but i have to add:
            i’d bet 100:1 that for every 1 jew hatered crime around the world ,there are atleast 1000 done by muslims.
            so where in one case the individual act is a testimony for the majority, in the other example the individual does not represent the majority.
            I would never fight like they do. i would not like to sink this low as a human being.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            When stuck in these situations, the ‘idea’ of having children and bringing them into the same circumstances seems repugnant, doesn’t it. Where is a hope for any future?
            Little changes unless one denies the oppressor the slaves so badly needed.
            In fact, people with brains have made those decisions. However, and unfortunately, most humans don’t have enough grey matter to figure it out. And there’s your truth.

          8. True

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