The French capital remains on lockdown after co-ordinated attacks during Friday evening left at least 129 people dead and 377 more injured. The news coming out of Paris is still developing but here’s what we know so far:
A total of six attacks took place in central and eastern areas of the city, the most deadly at the Bataclan Theatre where 89 people are confirmed to have died. At the five other sites victims were shot dead as they drank and dined in restaurants and bars. The terrorist group ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attacks; French President Francois Hollande responded by significantly intensifying airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria. A state of emergency has been declared in France and is expected to remain in place for a three-month period.
This live blog has now finished, follow our continuing coverage of the aftermath of the Paris attacks here.
2pm Friday 20 Nov
- Frances interior minister, Bernard Cazneuve, says 90 arrests have been made since Friday’s attacks and that 793 properties have been raided.
- Greek officials have said there is no record of mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud passing through Lesbos, on the refugee route.
11am Friday 20 Nov
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A hostage situation is underway in a Mali hotel, the attackers are reported to be jihadists. In France, a third body has been found in the St-Denis flat raided by police on Wednesday.
- A spokesperson for Raddison Hotel’s has confirmed that 140 guests and 30 members of staff have been locked in the hotel by at least three gunmen.
- As gunmen are reportedly move from floor to floor in The Raddison Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali’s capital, one French national has been confirmed dead in the siege.
- Two Malians have also been killed, according to UN sources.
- A source has told Reuters that some hostages, able to recite verses of the Qu’aran have been released. The gunmen reportedly entered the hotel in a diplomatic car and stormed the building shouting ‘Allahu Akbar”.
- A leaked report from the Malaysian authorities warns of 10 suicide bombers in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpar – due to host the ‘Summit of South East Asian Nations’ this weekend.
- Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has said the report is authentic but the intelligence not yet verified.
- Reuters has reported that at least four of the Paris attackers were on US watch lists, according to officials. The names of these individuals have not been confirmed but three US officials have said at least one of the terrorists was on the ”no-fly list”.
- A third body has been found in the St-Denis apartment raided by French authorities on Wednesday, but the identity is not yet known. The mastermind behind the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed during the raid and a woman, Hasna Aitboulahce, thought to be his cousin died when she detonated a suicide vest.
- Belgian and French authorities are investigating the possibility that Abdeslam Salah pulled out of his role in the attacks on the French capital. The terrorist is still at large, but officials say he may now be hiding from both police and ISIS associates.
3pm – Thursday 19 Nov
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Police have confirmed that one of the men killed in yesterday’s raids was the mastermind behind the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. In Belgium raids have also taken place as well as a serious tightening of security.
- French authorities killed the ring-leader of Friday’s terrorist attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, during a 7-hour raid on a building in St-Denis yesterday. Abaaoud’s cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, also died in the raid when she detonated a suicide vest.
- Europol director, Rob Wainwright, says that the numbers of Europeans travelling to Syria to fight has doubled in the last year with 2,000 foreign fighters confirmed. The actual number is likely to be a lot higher, with 8,000 additional unconfirmed names in the database.
- Belgian authorities are continuing the search for associates of Bilal Hafdi, one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Stade de France.
- In Brussels, security measures have intensified in the wake of Friday’s attacks. Any Belgian fighters found to have returned from Syria will be immediately imprisoned and anybody identified as a threat due to radicalisation electronically tagged. Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has also requested that parliament double the budget dedicated to state security and fighting terrorism.
11pm – Wednesday 18 Nov
All 129 of the victims of Friday’s attacks have now been identified, while French authorities have confirmed this morning’s raids targeted terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
- French President Francois Hollande has dismissed links between the refugee crisis and the terrorist attacks. The president says that France will accept 30,000 refugees over the next two years.
- The identities of the eight people arrested this morning during the rad in St-Denis are as of yet unknown. However, the female who detonated a suicide vest when police stormed the building is reported to be the cousin of Abaaoud.
- Salah Abdeslam is thought to still be at large, French authorities have however distributed the numberplate of a Citroen he is believed to be driving.
- Five police officers were injured during the 7-hour operation and a police dog has been killed.
- The airstrikes against ISIS in Raqqa have resulted in many militants leaving for the group’s stronghold in Mosul, Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has attributed 33 deaths of ISIS members to the French strikes.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the actions of security forces during last night’s terror scare. The friendly football match between Holland and Germany was called off two-hours before kick off following ”concrete information” regarding a plot to detonate explosives in the stadium.
10am – Wednesday 18 Nov
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Further terror threats have continued to emerge: a friendly football match between Holland and Germany was evacuated last night and two French passenger planes have been grounded. In Paris raids this morning have left two people dead.
- Raids on an apartment in a town just north of Paris, St-Denis, began this morning and are still ongoing.
- Police have confirmed that one woman blew herself up and that another man was killed by a sniper during the operation; seven other people have been arrested.
- The raids are thought to be based on intelligence surrounding the alleged master-mind behind Friday’s attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
- Authorities have confirmed that fifteen people have been evacuated from the area.
- Two Air France passenger planes travelling to France from America were diverted this morning due to bomb threats.
- Flight AF055 travelling from Washington Dulles and AF065 travelling from Los Angeles were both due to arrive in Paris. AFo55 has landed safely in Canada and AF065 in Utah.
- American and Canadian authorities say ”no credible” threat was discovered on either plane and passengers have boarded again to return to Paris.
11:30pm – Tuesday 17 Nov
Following information regarding a potential strike against the Hanover football stadium, everyone has been evacuated safely.
- It has been claimed that French intelligence agencies warned German authorities of the plan, hatched by a north-African terrorist cell.
- In a striking resemblance to Friday’s horror the attackers planned to enter the stadium using an emergency vehicle laden with explosives and assault rifles, according to German newspaper Bild.
9pm – Tuesday 17 Nov
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The German police say they have received concrete information regarding a potential attack on a stadium in Hanover, meanwhile the England v France match has gone ahead as planned at Wembley.
- The friendly football match between Germany and Holland has been called off after a suspicious package was found. Police say they have received concrete information that explosives were planned to be set-off within 15-minutes of the German stadium being opened. The Hanover authorities prevented fans and media from entering after an abandoned suitcase caused alarm.
- An area of the central station in Hanover has also been closed following an ‘object being discovered’. The Tui Arena concert hall has been evacuated too, which was due to host a gig at 8pm. Authorities have no disclosed any other information regarding the threat.
- Fans sang the French national anthem at Wembley stadium, as the match between England and France began.
4pm – Tuesday 17 Nov
The French military are intensifying their crackdown on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, while in Paris the investigations regarding the attacks continue.
- The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, confirmed that 128 different raids were carried out during Monday evening but are unrelated to Friday’s attacks.
- The Eiffel Tower will be closed again today, despite reopening on Monday.
- The US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Paris and said he discussed ways in which the two nations could work together to defeat ISIS.
- British police have arrested two men on suspicion of terror offences but says that they are not linked to the Paris attacks. Police apprehended the men as they attempted to leave the country via. Dover.
- Investigators have confirmed that they have discovered at least two safe houses in the Paris suburbs that were likely to have been used by the attackers.
- A black Renault Clio is the third car to have been found, suspected to have been used in conjunction with the attacks; the number plates are Belgian.
- The voice used during the video distributed by ISIS claiming responsibility for the attacks is that of a French born man, Fabien Clain, known to be based in the terrorist group’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.
- EU economic affairs minister, Pierre Moscovici, has told a news conference that France will not be penalised on missing budget targets if the country needs to spend more on security.
- It has been confirmed that 16 more airstrikes have been conducted against ISIS by the French military, targeting their self-declared capital Raqqa.
- Russia also has reportedly implemented airstrikes against the same target.
- RAF airstrikes against ISIS fighters have also been carried out in Northern Iraq, supporting the Kurdish troops battling the terrorist group on the ground.
10pm – Monday 16 Nov
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French President Francois Hollande has revealed new measures to combat extremism at home and abroad, as the details of those behind Friday’s attacks are revealed.
- Scotland Yard have confirmed that an armed police force will be in place during the England V France match due to take place at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening.
- Following France’s strikes against Raqqa, Francois Hollande has announced that the military will be tripling it’s strike capacity in the region. The iconic aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle has also departed for the eastern Medditerranean.
- Hollande will be meeting with US President Barack Obama and Russian President Putin to discuss dual-strategies with the two nations in the fight against ISIS.
- The French President has announced that the state of emergency declared on Friday will be extended to last three months. He also said that 5000 new police jobs would be created in the next two years and that security spending would increase.
- ISIS have released a new video, threatening an imminent attack on Washington DC. The video has not been confirmed as authentic but announced that any country involved in airstrikes against the group would be a target.
- UK Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has told Sky News that he believes bombing ISIS is not the the right answer and that it could in fact make the situation worse.
- UK home secretary, Theresa May, addressed the house of commons and announced that extra spending on security and safety checks at airports had been confirmed. She also said that the threat posed by ISIS was ‘evolving’ and that the UK would press for greater control over firearms throughout the EU.
- The Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said that 104 house arrests had been made in the previous nights raids and that 23 people had been placed in custody.
- Following Friday’s attacks the French prime minster, Manuel Valls, has said that planned events surrounding the upcoming climate summit to be held in Paris would now be limited. Activist groups, hoping to put pressure on the government to cut emissions, have said that they will respect the cancellation of marches and concerts.
- France has demanded that ”co-ordinated and systematic controls” are rapidly exercised over Europe’s internal and external borders.
- US President Barack Obama has dismissed critics suggestions that the US should send ground troops to Iraq and Syria, Obama explained that it would go against the advice of his key military strategists.
1pm – Monday 16 Nov
As France began a third day of mourning to honour the victims killed during Friday’s terror attacks, we took a look at the most important events from last night and this morning.
- Britain continued to show solidarity with it’s neighbour, black cabs in the city have been sporting slogans encouraging Brits to ”buy French” and crowds observed a minutes silence in Trafalgar Square at noon.
- Three more victims died in hospital as a result of their injuries last night, increasing the death toll to 129.
- British security forces revealed that two more terrorist plots had been uncovered and thwarted this year, bringing the total number this year to seven.
- French President Francois Hollande is due to meet with the houses of parliament, the senate and the national assembly today at 4pm.
- Abdelhamid Abaaoud has been named as the master-mind behind the attacks, the Belgian born man was identified by a French official.
- Prosecutors have named two of the suicide bombers also involved in Friday’s attacks, Ahmad Almohammad and Samy Amimour. Almohammad is reportedly a Syrian passport holder that is thought to have crossed into Greece with refugees and died due to wearing a suicide bomb in the attacks.
- Police are continuing to hunt for Salah Abdeslam, one of three French brothers who are thought to have been involved in Friday’s attacks.
- French police had previously stopped Abdeslam at the French border, alongside two other men but didn’t pursue the questioning as their names weren’t on the ‘wanted’ list.
- A major search operation is also underway in Brussels, where Abdeslam was based.
- A government spokesperson for UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been unable to say if he will attend the England v France football game on Tuesday.
11pm – Sunday 15 Nov
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France has stepped up it’s campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the groups stronghold in Raqqa has been pounded with airstrikes this evening.
- Twenty bombs have been dropped on ISIS’ self-declared capital of the caliphate, Raqqa in northern Syria.
- The raids are the biggest to date and were carried out as part of a coalition with the United States. A defence official had told the Associated Press that two of the jihadist group’s sites were destroyed during the strikes.
- Frances defence minister, Laurent Fabius, told the G20 summit in Turkey that the strikes were ”self defence”.
- Three kalashnikov rifles have been found by police in an abandoned car in Montreuil, eastern Paris.
8pm – Sunday 15 Nov
The resilience of Parisians has been strikingly evident today, social media has been filled with messages of hope and unity. However, as evening drew in two false alarms sent terrified civilians fleeing. The names of three of the attackers have been revealed by authorities and one is known to still be at large.
- Three of the suspected terrorists have been identified, brothers Salah and Ibrahim Abdeslam and Omar Ismaïl Mostefai.
- Three of the jihadists blew themselves up using suicide vests during the attacks, including 29-year-old Mostefai. His father, sister-in-law and brother are currently being held in police custody.
- Salah Abdeslam had not been apprehended by police and is presumed to still be on-the-run.
- A false alarm at a candlelit vigil was raised after a man with a gun was thought to enter the area, hundreds of panicked mourners fled Place de la Republique.
3pm – Sunday 15 Nov
Information regarding the terrorists is developing; one is thought to have entered Europe through a ‘refugee route’ and two others are confirmed to be French.
- Two of the terrorists involved in the attacks have been confirmed to be French nationals who were living in Belgium.
- Subsequent raids in the Belgium capital, Brussels, have resulted in at least seven arrests. Authorities haven’t yet confirmed if these are in conjunction with Paris, though.
- French police have said they are still hunting a terrorist involved in the attacks. They have said he is a French national who rented a Volkswagen Polo last seen outside the Bataclan Theatre – the most deadly site, where 89 people were killed.
- The passport of a Syrian man, 25-year-old Ahmed Almohamed, has been found at the site of one of the bombings. The authenticity of the document has not been verified but Blic, a Serbian newspaper, says the man crossed into the country on the 7th October after arriving at the Greek island of Lesbos, four days before.
12pm – Sunday 15 Nov
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- A number of British citizens are expected to have been killed during Friday’s attacks, however only one person has been named so far.
- Vigils took place all around the world last night to honour the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, mourners laid candles in Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, London, Moscow and Paris.
- Seven attackers have been confirmed as dead and one has been arrested in Belgium.
10pm – Saturday 14 Nov
Mourners gathered in London’s Trafalgar square to pay tribute to the dead in Paris and show solidarity with the country. The mood was one of shock but resilience, as attendees shouted ”we are not afraid” and laid candles around the square. The National Portrait Gallery was illuminated with the colours of the flag, as hands linked in a show of unity.
Signs held up were eerily reminiscent of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January, messages included ”We are all France” and ”Your pain is our pain”. Others were careful not to forget those who died in Beirut and Baghdad, too, and displayed messages of solidarity with these nations.
6pm – Saturday 14 Nov
As evening sets in we have pulled together the key points from today.
- Following reports of shooting and an explosion in Bagnolet, Eastern Paris, security forces confirmed firecrackers at a wedding caused a false alarm.
- #MuslimsAreNotTerrorists trended on Twitter throughout the day, as many fear a negative backlash for the religious group in the aftermath of the attack.
- The French Foreign Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has authorised local councils to implement curfews throughout France.
- AFP report that the Romanian Foreign Ministry have announced two of it’s citizens have died and another was injured during the attacks last night.
11am – Saturday 14 Nov
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 14, 2015
The world wakes up to the news of horrific terrorist attacks in Paris last night and ISIS claim responsibility.
- 127 people have been killed, 101 injured and 99 are seriously wounded.
- ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, a video released on Saturday morning by the terrorist organisation said the killings were in response to France’s involvement in airstrikes against the group. During the undated film militants also claim that France will remain a ‘key’ target and threatened further attacks if airstrikes continue.
- French President Francois Hollande says that ISIS are indeed responsible for the dual shootings and explosions that shook the city last night. Hollande has declared three days of mourning and pledged a ”ruthless response”.
- France remains on lockdown, following a state of emergency being declared last night. Security forces have closed many public spaces and reiterated that no demonstrations should be held.
- Eight attackers have been killed, seven of whom in suicide bombings. However, police have confirmed that at least one assailant remains at large and they are hunting accomplices.
- On Saturday morning an emergency meeting was called by the French government to discuss a response.
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron has raised Britain’s security alert to severe – the second highest level.
- The north terminal of London Gatwick airport was evacuated at around 10am on Saturday morning following the discovery of a security threat. An individual has been arrested in relation with a ‘suspicious package’.
- Follow our live coverage of the Gatwick evacuation as it unfolds here.
- US President Barack Obama has expressed outrage and promises that America stands shoulder-to-shoulder with France.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the terrorist attacks that shook Paris last night, this blog is a follow on from yesterday evening’s story.