Police are hunting a suspect they believe was “directly involved” in Friday’s attacks in Paris, in which seven suicide attackers died. They are searching for Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is thought to have rented the black Volkswagen Polo used in the attack on the Bataclan concert hall. Salah is the brother of Ibrahim Abdeslam, who detonated his suicide vest outside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, seriously injuring a bystander and killing himself.
There have been 150 police raids across France overnight. Anti-terrorism raids have taken place under state of emergency powers in Toulouse, Grenoble, Jeumont (on the French-Belgian border), and the Paris suburb of Bobigny. Several arrests have been reported, with buildings searched. Weapons were reportedly seized in Toulouse. In Lyon, French media reported that police have seized a rocket launcher and arrested five suspects.
France’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, has warned new terror attacks are being planned in France and other European countries following the carnage in Paris. “We know that operations were being prepared and are still being prepared, not only against France but other European countries too,” he said, speaking on France RTL radio. Read more