Sixty-four suspected hate crimes have been reported in Scotland since the Paris terror attacks last week with at least three suspected to be in direct reaction to the events, the police said on Friday.
Two of the three bombers who blew themselves up at a soccer stadium in Paris last Friday had their fingerprints taken on 3 October, while travelling through Greece, the Paris prosecutor said in a statement on Friday.
The French TV station iTele is reporting that an unidentified man – not a woman – was the suicide bomber who blew himself up on Wednesday during a violent police shoot-out in St-Denis, write Kim Willsher (@kimwillsher1) and Luke Harding (@lukeharding1968):
It was previously believed that Hasna Aït Boulahcen – a 26-year-old French national whose passport was found in a handbag in what remained of the apartment raided on Tuesday – had blown herself up by detonating a suicide vest. She was killed during the battle with police but wasn’t the suicide bomber, the TV station reported.
The Paris prosecutor confirmed this to the Guardian. “All I can tell you is that the kamikaze was not Hasna,” the prosecutor said.
Aït Boulahcen is the cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks. His body was also discovered among the ruins of the terrorist apartment.
On Friday, the Paris prosecutor announced that a third unidentified body was found in the afermath of the raid on the St-Denis apartment.
This is the last picture from inside of the concert hall, from one week ago today, showing the beaming young faces and raised hands of hundreds of young Parisians dancing to Eagles of Death Metal, before the Bataclan became a battlefield.
We now know who those 89 who died were — students, record label staff, architects, journalists, lawyers, aid workers, mothers, fathers, wives and husbands – enjoying a Friday night of music and dancing.
More than 100 people in the Calais ”Jungle” have observed a minute’s silence, many wrapped in blue, white and red flags, in front of the camp’s church to pay tribute to the 130 victims of the Paris attacks.
Ako, 47, an Iraqi-Kurd, told Liberation: “We are have a brotherhood with France and we understand the tragedy that its inhabitants suffered.
“We were also persecuted by Daesh, that’s why we fled the country.”
About 4,500 people, mainly refugees from the Middle East and East Africa, are living in the makeshift camp close to the port terminal.
French prime minister Manuel Valls has announced that the death toll of the attacks in Paris last Friday has reached 130.
One of the victims, who had been critically injured, has now died in hospital, he said.
A younger brother of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks ringleader, has been held in Moroccan custody for more than a month, according to an intelligence source who spoke to Reuters.
He names the brother as Yassine Abaaoud, and says he was arrested last month after his plane landed in Agadir.
The family is of Moroccan origin, and father Omar Abaaoud is currently in the country, according to his lawyer.
There is conflicting information about the exact number and whereabouts of the Abbaoud brothers.
Omar Abaaoud’s lawyer Nathalie Garrant told Belgian media that he was urgently seeking news of his 15-year-old son, Younis, who had been with Abdelhamid in Syria. Abdelhamid was killed in the French policeraid on St-Denis.
It is not clear whether Younis and Yassine are different brothers, or the same person.
Garrant said Younis had been in Syria since the beginning of 2014, and said he wanted to know from the now-dead Abdelhamid “why he took Younes with him, where Younis is, and whether he’s still alive or whether he’s dead”.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said yesterday that France had no intelligence from European sources that Abdelhamid Abaaoud had returned to Europe and had believed him to still be in Syria.
They received a tip-off that he was in Paris from an country “outside Europe”. It is now understood that was Moroccan security services.
Four representatives of the Moroccan security services were in Paris on Tuesday to meet the heads of judicial police, a police source told Reuters.
In the heavy rain, many people are stopping at the hundreds of tributes outside the Bataclan theatre, a week on from the tragedy.
There is no record of Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, passing through Greece, one of the key gateways on the refugee route to Europe, according to several Greek officials.
“It is reasonable to think that someone setting off from the Middle East would go through Greece or Italy,” the official told AP, adding that there was no record from any Greek agency that he was registered in the country, adding that he could not rule out Abaaoud’s having entered the country on a fake passport.
France’s interior ministry has said that 90 arrests have been made over the last five nights and that 793 properties have been raided by police.
He also said that 174 weapons have been seized, 64 stashes of drugsand 250,000 euros confiscated.
He confirmed that the raids would continue as part of the “ruthless fight against terrorism.” Most of the police operations are not directly connected to the Paris attacks.
Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking from Brussels, confirms that EU nations will immediately tighten checks on all travellers, including European nationals, at the external borders of the passport-free Schengen area following the Paris attacks.
Liberation report that around 40 elite French police officers have been sent to Bamako to aid the hostage situation.
— GendarmerieNationale (@Gendarmerie) November 20, 2015
Two suspects arrested on Saturday in connection with the Paris attacks will be held for a further month, the Belgian prosecutor’s office has said.
Hamza Attou and Mohammed Amri, were arrested for having driven suspect Salah Abdeslam back from the French capital to Brussels on Friday night, and he has since eluded capture.
President Francois Hollande has issued a statement, expressing his solidarity and support for Malians as special forces move into a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako in an attempt to free hostages.
I want to assure all Malians of our solidarity and support for them and I urge all French nationals who are in the affected area to be vigilant at this time.
The Paris prosecutor has said the woman’s body found in the rubble of the building in St-Denis after the raid on Wedensday is indeed that of Hasna Aitboulahcen, the cousin of ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud and the only female suicide bomber to ever blow themselves up in Europe.
A third body found at the scene, understood to be a man, has yet to be identified.
EU interior and justice ministers have met in Brussels a week on from the Paris attacks to agree a raft of new surveillance measures, border checks and gun controls.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European commissioner for internal affairs and migration, said the EU executive may propose a common “European intelligence agency”, an idea likely to encounter some resistance from national governments.
Ministers are set to agree to checks at external borders, including on individuals enjoying the right of free movement, and citizens of the 26 Schengen countries will have their documents visually checked by security forces when they leave or enter the area.
The EU agency for border controls, Frontex, is also set to get a stronger mandate.
“We are here to show our French colleagues, and the French people, that we stand by them and that we are determined to make a tough, clear response,” the German interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said at the meeting.
The Belgian prosecutor’s office says it has released six out of the seven people detained yesterday during raids connected to Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France. One person has been detained for a further 24 hours.
Two other people were also arrested in connection with the Paris attacks, one of them has now been released.
The prosecutor’s statement says a handbag has been retrieved from the scene, where investigators had found the passport of Hasna Aitboulahcen, the cousin of ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud. She was named by police sources as the suicide bomber who blew herself up after an exchange with French police.
Arriving at 4.20am on Wednesday morning, and after an exchange of heavy gun fire, anti-terrorist forces shouted to Aitboulahcen “where’s your friend?” and she replied: “He’s not my friend.” The exchange was followed by a large explosion.
Neighbour Christian, 20, reported hearing a blonde woman he believed was Aitboulahcen shouting “help me, help me, help me,” and police ordering her to raise her hands before hearing a burst of gunfire. It was unclear whether Aiboulahcen had detonated her suicide vest or whether the fire from French snipers outside the apartment had set it off.
Three dead in St-Denis raid
Swedish defence minister Peter Hultqvist has said the country’s authorities are interrogating a suspect arrested for plotting a terror attack.
Mutar Muthanna Majid, an Iraqi, was arrested by police during a Thursday afternoon raid on a centre for asylum seekers in the northeastern city of Boliden, police said.
“We are now in a very intense stage of the investigation and we are still very interested in his activities and people he met with since arriving in Sweden,” a security service spokesman said in statement.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has praised the “speed with which the suspect was located and arrested”.