Paris Bomber Was in Wave of Syrian Refugees

He entered EU through Greek island last month
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2015 8:56 AM CST
Paris Bomber Was in Wave of Syrian Refugees
Nepalese people light candles for the victims of Paris terror attacks in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.   (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Details are continuing to emerge from the stunned French capital, and it appears that at least one of the bombers in Friday's attacks on Paris did indeed hold a Syrian passport, reports CNN, citing an unnamed French senator who was briefed. Ahmad al Mohammad arrived on the Greek island of Leros in early October amid a wave of Syrian refugees and was issued the emergency passport; the fingerprints of a bomber at the Stade de France match those taken when the passport was issued. Other developments:

  • A manhunt is currently underway for a possible eighth attacker, reports the New York Times.

  • One of the attackers has been identified as 29-year-old Ismael Mostefai, a Frenchman who had previously been tied to radical Islam but not linked to any specific plot, reports the AP.
  • French President Francois Hollande huddled Sunday with political rivals including Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen. "We need everyone ... there can't be two coalitions in Syria," Sarkozy said afterward.
  • French police found what is believed to be a getaway car outside the Bataclan; three Kalashnikov assault rifles were inside, reports the AP.
  • Paris remains largely shuttered, with thousands of French troops walking the streets of the capital, reports the AP. Schools are set to reopen Monday.
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