French Police say Syrian passport found on body of one suicide bomber

Spectators embrace each other as they stand on the playing field of the Stade de France stadium at the end of a friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Hundreds made their way to the pitch after explosions were heard nearby. Multiple fatal attacks throughout the city have prompted President Francois Hollande to announce he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) – The latest on the deadly shootings and explosions in Paris. (All times local):

Police officials: Syrian passport found on body of 1 suicide bomber at Paris stadium.
3:10 p.m.

Pope Francis has often framed the upsurge in violence around the globe in terms of a “third World War” being waged piecemeal through crimes, massacres, religious persecution and the destruction of cultural sites.

On Saturday, he told the Italian Bishops Conference TV2000 that the attacks in Paris were “part” of that, adding “there are no justifications for these things.”

At least 127 people died in Friday night’s rampage in Paris. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

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3 p.m.

Ahsan Naeem, a Paris resident for years, says he and his friends – one of whom was hit by “bullet shrapnel” inside the Bataclan club __ were still in shock after the deadly attacks that rocked Paris.

Naeem, a 39-year-old filmmaker, says “these places are the places we visit every week … streets we walk every day. I’ve seen dozens of gigs at the Bataclan. Eaten at the Petit Cambodge. Sat outside Le Carillon on so many nights.”

Eric Berliet, a 20-year-old student, was consumed with worry over a family friend, also 20, who was shot three times and is now “at death’s door” at Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris. He says “there’s sadness and anger like never before” among his friends.

He says they often go to Bataclan and nearby venues and he has a ticket at one for next week. He says “I have no idea whether I’ll go now.”

At least 127 people died in Friday night’s rampage of shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France’s national stadium and a slaughter inside a concert hall. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

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2:50 p.m.

French authorities have closed the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and other top tourist sites in Paris until further notice following deadly terror attacks.

A Louvre spokeswoman said the museum opened as normal Saturday with enhanced security, but was ordered closed by the Culture Ministry after President Francois Hollande called for national day of mourning. Isabelle Esnous, a spokeswoman for the Eiffel Tower, said the monument did not open as a security precaution.

The Culture Ministry said “public cultural sites” were closed in the Paris region Saturday, without specifying.

At least 127 people died in Friday night’s rampage of shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France’s national stadium and a slaughter inside a concert hall. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

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2:40 p.m.

The governor of Bavaria says the arrest of a man in Germany last week may be linked to the Paris attacks.

A spokesman for Bavarian state police spokesman confirmed that firearms, explosives and hand grenades were found when undercover police stopped a man near the German-Austrian border on Nov. 5.

Ludwig Waldinger declined to confirm reports by public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk that the man appeared to be en route to Paris when he was arrested.

Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer told reporters Saturday there were “reasonable grounds” to assume that there may be a link to the Paris attacks.

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2:30 p.m.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven says a Swedish citizen was killed in the Paris attacks, and there are unconfirmed reports of a Swede wounded by gunfire.

Lofven said Saturday “We have been in contact with the next of kin. They should of course know that the whole of the Swedish people and my sympathy is with them, our hearts are with you.”

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Victoria Bell said a Swedish national may have gun wounds. She didn’t give further details about his condition.

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2:20 p.m.

The Muslim Council of Britain has condemned the horrific attacks in Paris and offered thoughts and prayers for the families of those killed.

The council offered its sympathies to the “people of France, our neighbors” in a short statement Saturday.

The council says that while the Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for the attack, “there is nothing Islamic about such people and their actions are evil, and outside the boundaries set by our faith.”

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2:15 p.m.

A member of Bavaria’s regional government has called for better border controls in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Bavaria’s Finance Minister Markus Soeder told weekly Welt am Sonntag that Germany needs to know who is entering the country.

The newspaper quoted Soeder as saying that “the days of unchecked immigration and illegal entry can’t continue. Paris changes everything.”

Bavaria has been the main point of entry for hundreds of thousands of migrants coming to Germany this year.

Soeder was quoted as saying that if Germany’s federal government wasn’t able to secure the border “then Bavaria can take on this task.”

Soeder is a member of the conservative sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.

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2:10 p.m.

Parisians desperate to get in touch with family and friends missing since Friday’s coordinated attacks in Paris are taking to social media under the hashtag #rechercheparis – “Paris Search” in English – posting heartfelt messages and photos.

Scores of people that attended the six sites targeted in the attacks in which at least 127 people died are still unaccounted for.

One post reads: “Waleed is missing. We last contacted him at the match, Please share & contact me if u have any info. #rechercheParis”.

Another: “I’ve been looking for my cousin since last night… He’s 25 and 1m75. He’s called Younes. #rechercheParis ”

The photos and messages are garnering hundreds of retweets – from users eager to help in the search for survivors.

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2:10 p.m.

British police say they’ve arrested a man and called in explosive specialists at Gatwick Airport amid heightened concerns following the terror attacks in Paris.

The North Terminal at Gatwick has been evacuated as police dealt with the incident Saturday.

Police say they were called at around 9.30 a.m. (GMT) after suspicious actions by the man, who had discarded an item.

Detective Superintendent Nick May says the matter is under investigation and it is too early to say what the item may be. But he says that “given the events in Paris on Friday evening, there is heightened awareness around any such incident and it is best that we treat the matter in all seriousness.”

Gatwick is Britain’s second busiest airport.

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2:05 p.m.

France’s interior minister has authorized local authorities to impose curfews if needed after the deadliest attacks in the country since World War II.

Bernard Cazeneuve said in a televised address Saturday that authorities are also banning all public demonstrations until Thursday.

Cazeneuve laid out increased security measures across the country, including thousands more troops and police and special protection for certain public buildings.

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1:55 p.m.

Russia’s civil aviation authority is telling airlines and airports to tighten security in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The national rail network also said it is taking extra security precautions.

There were no immediate details Saturday on what the increased security would entail. Russia’s nerves already were strained about security in the wake of the Oct. 31 fatal crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt, a disaster widely believed to have been a terrorist attack.

In Moscow, mourners were congregating outside the French Embassy to lay flowers and express condolences.

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1:50 p.m.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says his government is boosting border controls in response to the attacks in Paris.

Rutte told reporters in The Hague on Saturday that his administration will take “visible and invisible” measures to increase security. He declined to elaborate on what form the new tougher security would take.

Rutte says “violence and extremism will never triumph over freedom and humanity.”

He was speaking after meeting with ministers and security agencies to discuss the attacks in Paris.

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1:45 p.m.

Hungary’s prime minister says security measures will be tightened in light of the terror attacks in Paris and has declared Sunday as a national day of mourning.

Viktor Orban also said Saturday that a special congress of his Fidesz party to have been held Sunday to elect new leadership has been postponed.

Though officials say they had no information about Hungary being a target of direct terror threats, controls will be reinforced at border checkpoints, while police patrols will be increased, for example, at airports and the country’s nuclear power plant and officers will be better armed than usual.

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1:35 p.m.

Romania’s foreign ministry says two of its citizens died and a third was injured in the attacks in Paris.

The ministry statement said the Romanian embassy was in contact with the families of the two Romanians. No details were available about where they died or who they were.

The ministry says the injured Romanian was treated at a hospital before being released.

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1:25 p.m.

Prime Minister David Cameron is warning his nation to brace for casualties from the attacks in Paris, but he has left the nation’s terror alert warning unchanged.

The British leader says the country “must be prepared for a number of British casualties” from the Paris atrocity. He condemned the “brutal and callous murderers”.

Cameron said Saturday that the terror threat level in the UK would remain at “severe,” – the second-highest level – but that authorities would review plans amid an “evolving” threat from Islamic state.

In a message of solidarity to the people of France he said: “Your values are our values, your pain is our pain, your fight is our fight.”

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1:15 p.m.

Parisians are lining up for hours to give blood, piling flowers and notes and spilling tears outside a music hall where scores of people were killed by rampaging suicide bombers who shattered the peace of the French capital.

Though deeply shaken, many residents of the hip neighborhood in eastern Paris tried Saturday to find a way to help the some 200 people wounded in a string of attacks Friday night on the concert hall, crowded cafes and a stadium.

Long lines of blood donors snaked out of the St. Louis Hospital near the site of the bloodshed.

Near the Bataclan concert hall, people who lost loved ones and those who didn’t came to pay their respects. The attackers stormed the Bataclan the night of a concert by American band Eagles of Death Metal.

“For the angels of rock ‘n’ roll,” read one note.

“For all the friends that I knew, and those I didn’t know. For life,” read another.

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1:10 p.m.

Italy’s top security official says security has been heightened in the country and along its borders, especially with France, following the attacks in Paris.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano told reporters after meeting with Premier Matteo Renzi and other top security and intelligence officials that the country had raised its alert level to the second highest, allowing for rapid deployment of special forces if necessary.

Alfano says no country is free from risk and that “a great democracy like Italy needs to be ready for any event.”

Alfano says 700 soldiers were being deployed immediately to Rome as a deterrent. And he sats additional security measures will be taken into consideration for the upcoming Jubilee year declared by Pope Francis that is expected to bring millions to Rome beginning Dec. 8.

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1:00 p.m.

Two French police officials say a Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the suicide bombers who targeted France’s national soccer stadium.

French President Francois Hollande said the Islamic State group orchestrated the attacks, and IS claimed responsibility.

The identities and nationalities of the attackers have not been released. At least 127 people were killed and about 200 wounded in the attacks.

The police officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to be publicly named.

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12:40 p.m.

The president of the International Olympic Committee says the terrorist attacks in Paris are “an attack on humanity and all humanitarian and Olympic values.”

Thomas Bach adds in a statement: “Today all people of goodwill will say: We are all French.”

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12:30 p.m.

A community leader from Paris’ working-class suburbs says he fears a “tsunami of hatred” may await Muslims and residents of poor neighborhoods following the deadly terror attacks.

Nadir Kahia of the Banlieue Plus community association says its members are shocked and feel a sense of solidarity “but we know … some Muslims and poor neighborhoods” will be subjected to hate speech.

Kahia also called Saturday for unity of French people and efforts to calm tensions in a text message to The Associated Press.

It came as French President Francois Hollande said at least 127 people died in Friday night’s rampage of shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France’s national stadium and a slaughter inside a concert hall. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

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12:20 p.m.

British police say the north terminal at Gatwick Airport is being evacuated as a precaution after authorities found a suspicious article.

Police described the evacuation Saturday as a precaution, but the incident comes at a time of heightened concern in Britain in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris. Police have announced additional security at ports and big events in light of the attacks.

Gatwick is Britain’s second busiest airport.

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12:05 p.m.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris that killed over 120 people.

The claim was made in a statement in Arabic and French released online Saturday and circulated by supporters of the group. It was not immediately possible to confirm the authenticity of the statement, but it bore the group’s logo and resembled previous statements issued by the group.

French President Francois Hollande had earlier blamed the attacks on the IS group, calling it “an act of war” and vowing to strike back.

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11:50 a.m.

The German government has ordered flags on official buildings lowered to half-mast Saturday as a sign of solidarity and sorrow over the attacks in Paris.

Flowers, candles and messages of condolence have meanwhile been placed outside the French embassy in Berlin. A vigil was planned there early Saturday afternoon.

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11:45 a.m.

Nordic governments have condemned the Paris attacks while ordinary citizens laid flowers and lit outside the French embassies across the region.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talked about “horrible news” while her Danish counterpart Kristian Jensen said “terrorists must be defeated. They cannot break democracies that stand together.”

Finland’s Prime MinisterJuha Sipila says “we must not give space for fear and intolerance.”

After laying flowers outside the French Embassy Saturday, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said “the perpetrators must be pursued and defeated. We will never give up.”

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf says “it is important that we stand together against this unimaginable terrorism.”

Denmark’s government ordered flags on official buildings lowered to half-mast Saturday as a sign of solidarity.

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11:35 a.m.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called a meeting of Spain’s National Security Council to “analyze the situation in the wake of the Paris attacks.”

Rajoy says: “We aren’t facing a war of religions, but a battle between civilization and barbarism. They may hurt us, but they can’t beat us.”

Speaking Saturday during a special television appearance, Rajoy says Spain was on high alert and its forces had in the past few weeks stopped several terror attacks.

He adds, “We are at France’s side not just in its pain but also in its fight against those who have caused it.”

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11:20 a.m.

German media reported Saturday that a 51-year-old man arrested last week after weapons were discovered in his car has been linked to the Paris attacks.

A spokesman for Bavarian state police confirmed that firearms, explosives and hand grenades had been found when undercover police stopped the suspect near the German-Austrian border on Nov. 5.

“He has refused to say what he planned to do or where the weapons came from,” Ludwig Waldinger told The Associated Press. “We are providing no further information at this point.”

Public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk reported that German authorities contacted French officials shortly after the arrest. Citing unnamed investigators, the broadcaster reported that documents found during the arrest indicated that the man was traveling to Paris.

Bayrischer Rundfunk reported that the arms, which it said included an automatic rifle and one kilogram of TNT, were professionally hidden inside the body of the car, a VW Golf.

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11:10 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande, speaking to the nation, said attacks Friday that killed 127 people were “an act of war.”

He said the attacks on a stadium, concert hall and Paris cafe diners were “committed by a terrorist army, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.”

He said France “will be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group.” France “will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country.”

France is already bombing IS targets in Syria and Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition, and has troops fighting extremists in Africa.

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11 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande says that the Islamic State group orchestrated the worst attacks in France since World War II and vowed to strike back.

Hollande said after an emergency security meeting Saturday that the death toll has risen to 127 in a string of near-simultaneous attacks Friday night on a concert hall, stadium and Paris cafes.

He declared three days of national mourning and put the nation’s security at its highest level.

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10:50 a.m.

British Prime Minister David Cameron will be convening his government’s security committee to weigh its response to the terror attacks in France.

Cameron has pledged to do “whatever we can to help” following the attacks.

The prime minister will chair a meeting of the security committee Saturday and consider whether to raise the national threat level from “severe,” the second-highest rung on a five-point scale. The current “severe’ level means intelligence officials believe an attack is highly likely.

Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley, the national police lead for counter-terrorism, called for “vigilance” from the general public. He says the police are liaising with their counterparts in France.

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10:35 a.m.

A resident near Paris’ Bataclan concert hall spoke of their shock and disbelief over the gun attack Friday night that left around 80 revelers dead.

Entrepreneur Gabriel Delattre, 31, was arriving home on a bike when he bumped into a nightmarish scene: a man whose shirt was “black with blood” wandering by the side of another man with a large bullet hole in his cheek.

“He was staring at me,” Delattre said. “He was confused and mumbling and didn’t know what he was doing. He just kept saying, ‘We were attacked, we got down on the floor, and we managed to get out. But the others stayed trapped.'”

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9:40 a.m.

Disneyland Paris is closed to the public in a highly unusual move because of a string of attacks targeting a stadium, concert hall and cafes in Paris that killed at least 120.

The theme park east of Paris, one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions, said in a statement that it decided not to open Saturday “in light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks.”

Some 14 million people visited Disneyland Paris last year.

France has deployed 1,500 extra troops around Paris and is tightening its borders because of Friday’

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9:35 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel the attackers who killed more than 120 people in Paris overnight “hate freedom.”

Speaking to reporters in Berlin early Saturday, Merkel expressed grief for those who died, saying “they wanted to live the life of free people in a city that celebrates life.”

She says the victims encountered “murderers who hate precisely this life of freedom.”

Merkel said her country stands ready to help France in whichever way it can because the attack “was aimed not just at Paris, it targeted and it hits all of us.”

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9:30 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande is meeting top government and security officials after suicide bombers targeted a stadium, concert hall and Friday night cafe crowds in attacks that killed at least 120.

The special meeting in the Elysee Palace on Saturday morning comes as police hunt for potential accomplices to eight attackers who were killed in Friday night’s violence. Hollande declared a state of emergency – the first such move in a decade – and ordered 1,500 additional troops deployed.

The attacks raise concerns about international events that France is hosting, such as a UNESCO forum in Paris on Monday with world leaders, and major climate talks in Paris in two weeks.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and army, gendarme and police chiefs were among those at the meeting.

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9:30 a.m.

Czech authorities have increased security measures all across the country following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Police say they have deployed forces at all international airports, shopping centers and the French embassy in the Czech capital.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says he is “horrified by the number of the innocent victims. France deserves all our possible support and solidarity.”

President Milos Zeman has offered condolences to relatives of the victims. “We are all with France and its people,” Zeman said in a statement.

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9:30 a.m.

Germany’s foreign minister says his country stands by France after the attacks in Paris, which he described as an “inferno of terror.”

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was present during the football friendly between France and Germany on Friday night, when three suicide bombs targeted spots around the national stadium.

Steinmeier said Saturday on the sidelines of the Syria talks in Vienna that “the extent of the horror … exceeds everyone’s imagination.”

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9 a.m.

Some 1,500 extra soldiers have been mobilized to guard French facilities and schools and universities are closed because of the country’s deadliest attacks in decades.

Many French schools are normally open on Saturdays, but the French government ordered them shuttered as part of emergency security measures.

Soldiers were deployed at key sites around Paris, including Parliament buildings and religious sites.

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