Coordinated terror attacks took the lives of at least 129 people in Paris Friday night. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility, but little is known about the people who carried out the shootings and bombings in France. Here’s what we know so far about the attackers.
Who were the attackers?
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the six coordinated terror attacks, calling them “the first of the storm.”
“Eight brothers carrying explosive belts and guns targeted areas in the heart of the French capital that were specifically chosen in advance,” the ISIS statement said in French. Two of the targets included a soccer stadium where François Hollande was attending a game against Germany and a concert hall, where “a party of perversity” was taking place.
How many were there?
Authorities still don’t know how many terrorists there were in total, but say seven died during the attacks. Six killed themselves in suicide bombings, and police said another assailant was shot and killed. According to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, the attackers are believed to have worked in three teams.
Where were they from?
French police said they had found a Syrian passport on the body of one of the eight attackers. Paris prosecutor Molins said one of the hostage takers at the Bataclan concert hall was born in France, and that a French national was among three people linked to the Paris attacks arrested Saturday morning at the Belgian border. Authorities also said one attacker was a young French citizen who had previously been flagged by authorities for links to Islamist extremism.
A Greek official said one of the attackers whose Syrian passport was found entered the European Union through the Greek island of Leros in early October.
Were there any other accomplices?
Belgian police made three arrests at the Belgian border, according to Belgian authorities, after a car with a Belgian license plate was identified near the Batacalan concert hall in Paris where an attack took place.
In addition, relatives of one of the attackers, who was born in Paris’ suburbs, were detained, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
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