Paris Terror Attacks Updates

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Eight terrorists attacked various places in Paris yesterday, all are now dead. The deadliest attacks happened near the Stade de France and in the Bataclan concert hall. Over 120 people were reportedly killed, with hundreds more wounded. See our earlier coverage here. Below are the latest updates.

  • The father and a brother of one of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks have been taken into custody by investigators, BFMTV reported. Two men were arrested after police raided a home about 80 miles (130 km) east of Paris Saturday, according to AFP.

Pullman hotel scare was false alarm:

  • Reporter underway to Eiffel tower area:
  • More emergency services arriving:
  • Heavily armed police reported at Pullman hotel in Paris, near Eiffel Tower
  • Up to 50 people involved with planning the attack?
  • Apparently five people were killed in the train accident, but they were not passengers, presumably they were crew members.
  • Train derailment was an empty test train:
  • High speed train derailed in Strasbourg, possibly unconnected but suspicious timing:
  • More on the evacuated airplane:
  • Pope condemns the attacks:
  • All passengers evacuated from flight AF1741, an Air France Airbus in Amsterdam that was grounded earlier over a twitter threat.
  • International solidarity with France:
  • Updated casualty figures:
  • Man plays John Lennon's "Imagine" near the Bataclan theatre:
  • French paper Libération reports an Egyptian passport was also found on one of the attackers.
  • The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and various other Paris tourist attractions remain closed.
  • RTLInfo TV reports parking tickets from Molenbeek, near Brussels, were found in one of the cars used by the attackers
  • There are reports flight AF1741, an Air France Airbus, has been grounded at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam because of a threatening tweet.
  • A Syrian passport was found on one of the suicide bombers who attacked near the Stade de France.
  • One of the dead attackers at the Bataclan was identified as a Parisian via fingerprint information.
  • One of the cars used by the attackers had a Belgian license plate.
  • French president Hollande called the attacks an act of war and said they were planned and organised abroad.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks via several channels.
  • NATO secretary general condemned the attacks

    NATO Secretary General condemns terrorist attacks in Paris

    I am deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks across Paris tonight. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, with all those affected, and with the people of France. We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism will never defeat democracy.

  • It is unknown at this time if the attack is considered an attack on a NATO member under article V of the NATO treaty (which would make NATO members consider it an attack on all of them)
  • In a (possibly unrelated) incident, London Gatwick airport was evacuated this morning after a person carrying a grenade was discovered.
  • Footage has emerged from the beginning of the attack on the Bataclan concert hall:

Images de la fusillade au Bataclan door lemondefr

  • Flags lowered at NATO HQ

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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