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Title: Paris attacks: ISIS claims responsibility for gunfire, blasts that killed 128 people


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The Internet, Online, 14/11/2015

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A number of arrests have been made in Belgium during police raids in connection to Friday’s attacks in France, a Belgian justice ministry spokeswoman told CNN Saturday.

The raids were conducted in Molenbeek, on the outskirts of Brussels, justice ministry spokeswoman Sieghild Lacoere said.

Lacoere also told CNN that a car rented in Brussels was found near one of the sites of the attacks in France and “that’s what triggered the raids.”

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the worst violence witnessed in France since World War II, a volley of nearly simultaneous terror attacks that the French President called “an act of war.”

Meanwhile, investigators’ response expanded beyond France as Belgian authorities conducted raids in a Brussels suburb, including one connected to the Paris attacks, a Western intelligence source told CNN on Saturday.

The raids took place in three homes in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, according to the source, who is in contact with French and Belgian intelligence services. One raid is connected to the Paris attacks, and the others to individuals known to Belgium intelligence, the source said. Some of the Paris attackers are also known to Belgium intelligence, the source added.

In the Paris attacks on Friday night, the assailants targeted six sites, the deadliest being a massacre at a concert hall where at least 80 people were killed.

In all, French authorities put the number of dead at 128, though the death toll is expected to fluctuate as the situation becomes clearer.

The threat of ISIS is well-known, with the jihadist group’s atrocities in Syria and Iraq being met with condemnation and airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition that includes France.

But the scale and apparent coordination of Friday’s attacks inside the European Union, which comes on the heels of ISIS’ claim of taking down a Russian airliner in Egypt, represent an escalation of capabilities if confirmed.

In an online statement distributed by supporters Saturday, ISIS said eight militants wearing explosive belts and armed with machine guns attacked precisely selected areas in the French capital.

A Syrian passport was found near the body of an attacker outside one of the targeted sites, the Stade de France, according to a police source, CNN affiliate France 2 and other French media reported.

A source close to the investigation told CNN that an Egyptian passport was found on another attacker. “There is strong assumption that these passports are fake,” the source said.

In addition to those killed, 180 others were injured, according to the Paris Police Prefecture. More than half of them are in critical condition.

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