Paris Police Searching For Eighth Attacker Who May Be At Large

by Kate Ward

UPDATE: One day after ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks, France reportedly launched airstrikes against the militant group in Syria, dropping 20 bombs in the area. Some targets were destroyed, according to reports, but not much else is known about the airstrikes.

Paris police are currently hunting for an eighth attacker who may still be at large, who has been identified as 26-year-old Abdeslam Salah.

The death toll currently sits at about 130, with over 350 wounded. (One of those killed was an American woman studying abroad in France.) According to French Prosecutor François Molins, nearly 100 of those wounded are critically injured.

EARLIER: Though initial reports indicated that all the assailants in the Paris terror attack had died, authorities are now changing their tune. The New York Times reports that a manhunt for an eighth Paris terror suspect is currently underway. The suspect's photo, along with his name, has also been released, identifying him as 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam. Police previously confirmed that seven attackers were dead, but reports that there might have been an eighth are leading authorities on a chase. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place in six different locations.

According to the Times, the investigation is ongoing. But authorities are closer to getting answers. Not only did Belgium officials confirm that they took seven individuals connected to the Paris attacks into custody following a raid Saturday, but France released the name of one of the attackers yesterday: 29-year-old Ismael Omar Mostefai from Chartres. Also, there are reports that a Syrian refugee passport was found near one of the suicide bombers.

Still, there are more answers that need uncovering relating to the attacks, which killed 129 people and wounded over 350 more. (Of those 350, reports indicate that nearly 100 are critically injured.) French President François Hollande has called the attacks an "act of war," while President Barack Obama mimicked his tune on Sunday morning, calling them "an attack on the civilized world." Said Obama:

We stand in solidarity with them in hunting down the perpetrators of this crime and bringing them to justice.


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