Attacker Identified As Paris Investigation Continues

A woman is being evacuated from the Bataclan theater after a shooting in Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced that he was closing the country's borders. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Here are a series of stories from the AP updating the Paris terror attacks:


Attacker identified; Car with possible links found

PARIS (AP) – The father, a brother and other family members have been detained for questioning after French officials identified one of the Paris attackers as someone who had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism.

Officials say Ismael Mostefai was a 29-year-old Frenchman who had been known to authorities for radicalism. The prosecutor said he was identified by fingerprints on a finger found after the Paris attacks Friday night.

Meanwhile, a French judicial official says a car with suspected links to the attacks has been found in a suburb roughly 4 miles east of Paris. Officials say gunmen used the same type of car in one attack.

France continues in mourning as it struggles to absorb the coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks in Paris that left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured.

President Francois Hollande has declared three days of national mourning and raised the nation’s security to its highest level.

Special church services are planned at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and elsewhere.


Obama arrives at G-20 with new urgency following Paris attacks

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) – Security is extremely tight at a Turkish seaside resort city just a few hundred miles from the Syrian border where world leaders of the G-20 nations will meet amid new anxiety about the reach of the Islamic State extremist group.

The Paris attacks that killed 129 people have given the talks a new urgency and a greater focus on IS, which has its roots in Syria. President Barak Obama has arrived in Turkey and is scheduled to meet with Turkey’s president ahead of the main meetings.

Obama met with his national security team at the White House before departing for Turkey. His trip also includes stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for a pair of Asia-Pacific summits.

The president is supposed to travel to Paris in two weeks for a high-stakes climate conference and officials say those plans remain in place.


Officials: No credible threats target US after Paris attacks

NEW YORK (AP) – National Football League fans attending games today will find additional security in place, following a trend since the Paris terrorist attacks.

U.S. officials briefed by the Justice Department tell The Associated Press there is no evidence of any specific or credible threat targeting American soil but patrols and other security measures were stepped up in various areas.

Heavily-armed officers are on guard in Times Square and extra security was sent to French government sites in New York, Boston and Washington.

One of the U.S. officials says intelligence officials detected increased chatter encouraging an attack on the United States.


Student at Long Beach State killed in Paris terror attacks

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) – A California woman studying abroad was among those killed in the Paris terror attacks this weekend.

According to a California State University spokesman, 23-year-old Nohemi Gonzalez was a junior studying design at California State University, Long Beach.

She was on a university exchange program at Strate College of Design in France.

The university was notified of her death by French school officials and confirmed the death with her parents.

The school president issued a statement saying she was saddened by the death of Gonzalez.

Gonzales was an El Monte resident.


Iran vigil; Crowd gathers outside White House for vigil

UNDATED (AP) – Iranians have expressed their condolences to France and the victims of the Paris attacks.

Around 100 people held a candlelight vigil in front of the French Embassy in Tehran and some posted handwritten notes. The attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people and were claimed by the Islamic State group, have been condemned across the Muslim world.

In France, special church services are planned at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and elsewhere.

A crowd gathered Saturday evening outside the White House for a vigil near a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general who fought for the United States in the Revolutionary War. The park in front of the executive mansion is named for him.

The French ambassador to the United States thanked the crowd for coming and led a minute of silence for the victims of the attack.

In New York, The Empire State Building is dark while the 408-foot (125-meter)spire atop One World Trade Center is lit again in the colors of the French flag. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the spire will remain lit blue, white and red on Sunday.

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