Death toll from Paris attacks rises as authorities make 13 arrests

Death toll from Paris attacks rises as authorities make 13 arrests

-NRN/Reuters

The first national day of mourning has been held in Paris overnight with a ceremony at Notre Dame, following the terrorist attacks on Friday.

It comes as the official death toll has climbed to 132, however there are reports of that increasing, as more than 90 people remain in a critical condition, while 350 others remain injured.

Meanwhile authorities have continued their investigations with 13 arrested in relation to the attacks, 7 in Belgium, 6 in France.

Investigators have also issued an International arrest warrant has issued for one of three brothers Abdeslam Salah, who hired a car in Belgium.

The car was discovered near the Bataclan theatre, where most people were killed, with several AK47 rifles stashed in the vehicle.

His two brothers were two of the attackers who brought carnage to Paris and were living in neighbouring Belgium, officials said overnight.

One of them blew himself up in the assault, while the other was arrested on Saturday as he tried to cross the border.

It comes as footage released in the last 24 hours shows the devastating attacks unfolding at the Bataclan theatre.

The journalist who filmed the footage was later shot in the arm, after leaving his apartment near the theatre, to assist those who had been injured.

French police release details of suspect- Abdeslam Salah

French police release details of suspect- Abdeslam Salah

In a sign that at least one gunman might have escaped, a source close to the investigation said a Seat car believed to have been used by the attackers had been found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil with three Kalashnikov rifles inside.

Only one of the attackers has been named — Ismael Omar Mostefai, a 29-year-old who lived in the city of Chartres, southwest of Paris.

He was identified by the print from one of his fingers that was severed when his suicide vest exploded.

FEAR ERUPTS AGAIN AMID SHOOTING REPORTS

Hundreds of people attending a spontaneous rally in the central Place de la Republique fled the square overnight in a moment of raw panic, with some reporting hearing shots.

But police said it was a false alarm.

“The crowds started moving apparently without reason,” said a policeman on the scene.

There were rumours of gunshots, but he said clearly: “We didn’t hear anything and all the people we’ve asked didn’t hear anything either.”

The square slowly filled up again after the short scare.

Museums and theatres remained closed in Paris for a second day, with soldiers patrolling the streets and metro stations alongside police after French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency.

WORLD LEADERS COMMIT TO ELIMINATING ISLAMIC STATE

Elsewhere world leaders have agreed to increase action against the Islamic State, the group which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will urge Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to focus Russian air strikes in Syria on Islamic State militants.

“We have our differences with the Russians, not least because they’ve done so much to degrade the non-ISIL opposition to Assad, people who could be part of the future of Syria,” Mr Cameron told reporters ahead of a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Turkey.

“The conversation I want to have with Vladimir Putin is to say, look, there is one thing we agree about, which is (that) we’d be safer in Russia, we’d be safer in Britain if we destroy ISIL. That’s what we should be focusing on.”

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama vowed to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while also urging Mr Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria.

“The skies have been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris just a day and a half ago,” Mr Obama said.

“We will redouble our efforts, working with other members of the coalition, to bring about a peaceful transition in Syria and to eliminate Daesh as a force that can create so much pain and suffering for people in Paris, in Ankara, and in other parts of the globe,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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