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What we know so far about the Paris attackers

Investigators believe three teams were behind the attacks.

A man holds his head in his hands beside flowers paying tribute to the victims of Friday night's attacks.
A man holds his head in his hands beside flowers paying tribute to the victims of Friday night's attacks.
Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FURTHER DETAILS EMERGED today about the suspects behind the shootings and explosions that have left at least 129 people dead in Paris.

Seven gunmen died during the attacks at several locations across the city on Friday night.

The first identified attacker was Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old French citizen who lived in the city of Chartres, around 60 miles from Paris.

Police identified him from a severed finger found at the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people were killed.

He had eight convictions for petty crimes but had never served a prison sentence.

Belgian prosecutors said two other attackers were French nationals who had lived in Brussels, at least one in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek which has been linked to past terror plots.

French police were this evening searching for a Belgian native, 26-year-old man Abdeslam Salah, who is believed to have rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by the Bataclan assailants.

His two brothers were also thought to have been involved in the attacks. One of them, Ibrahim, died in Paris, while another, Mohammed, is being questioned by police.

The discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one of the suicide bombers at Stade de France sparked concerns that other attackers might have entered Europe from Syria.

Greek authorities confirmed the passport belonged to Ahmad al Mohammad, a 25-year-old man who registered as a refugee on the island of Leros last month, but it was unclear if the passport was real or belonged to one of the assailants.

With AFP

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