President Francois Hollande on Saturday promised a “merciless” response to a wave of attacks by gunmen and bombers that killed 129 people across Paris, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.
The terrorists with fire arms and bombs attacked simultaneously the restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium on Friday night in several districts of Paris.
The Paris public prosecutor Francois Molins said 129 people were killed and 352 wounded, of whom 99 remain in a critical condition. Six attackers blew themselves up and one was shot by police. There may have been an eighth attacker, but this was not confirmed.
Hollande said the attacks were organized from abroad by Islamic State, with internal help. Investigators were focusing on to what extent the militants were from France or from abroad.
Islamic State released a statement on Saturday saying “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles” had carried out the attacks on “carefully chosen” targets, and were a response to France’s involvement in the air strikes on IS militants in Syria and Iraq.
It also distributed an undated video in which a bearded militant warned in Arabic: “As long as you keep bombing you will not live in peace. You will even fear traveling to the market.”
Shortly before, President Hollande said France had been “attacked in a cowardly shameful and violent way”.
“So France will be merciless in its response to the Islamic State militants,” he said, vowing to “use all means within the law.. on every battleground here and abroad together with our allies”.
Three people were arrested in Belgium as part of an anti-terrorism probe centered on a Belgian hired car found near the site of one of the Paris attacks, Belgian prosecutors said.
Sources close to the inquiry said one of the dead gunmen was French with ties to Islamist militants and had been under surveillance by the security services.
The holder of a Syrian passport found near the body of one suicide bombers passed though the Greek island of Leros in October, a Greek minister said.
A Greek police source said the man had arrived in Leros with 69 refugees, where he was registered and had his fingerprints taken. Police declined to give his name.
Hollande canceled his attendance at the G20 summit after declaring the first nationwide state of emergency since 1945. France will be represented by its foreign and finance ministers.
He announced three days of national mourning.
Flags flew at half-mast, cinemas theaters and other places of entertainment were closed,, although schools and universities will reopen as normal on Monday.
Hollande temporarily reimposed border controls as part of the state of emergency to stop perpetrators escaping or new attackers entering the country.
Local sports events in Paris were suspended, stores closed, the rock bands U2 and Foo Fighters canceled concerts, and schools, universities and municipal buildings stayed.