With almost 132 people killed in the coordinated Paris attacks, France declares itself in a state of emergency. Investigators worldwide are on a manhunt for Salah Abdeslam, a possible main suspect behind the Paris bombings.
It was highly suspected after one of his brothers have died after detonating a suicide belt.
Witnesses said Abdeslam had rented a VW Polo car near the Bataclan concert hall, the largest death toll the attack had with 89 people dead. Near the Belgian border, police stopped his vehicle, questioned his identity along with the two men he was travelling with. He was released shortly thereafter.
Belgian authorities report tracing seven more individuals connected to the bombing fray. According to Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, a crackdown on Molenbeek, Belgium’s haven for Jihadists, was underway.
“I have noticed there is almost always a link to Molenbeek, that there is a gigantic problem there.
An Act Of War
According to French President Francois Hollande, the attacks were an act of war and he said France’s reaction would be “pitiless”.
About 10 fighter jets operating from French Bases in Jordan and the UAE dropped 20 bombs on Syrian Islamic State targets according to the French defence ministry. The targets hit included a command, recruitment, munitions depot and a training camp for IS fighters.