President François Hollande on Saturday promised a “merciless” response to the wave of terrorist attacks across Paris that killed at least 129 people, describing the assaults claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group as an “act of war”.
The number of dead rose to 129 while the number of injured rose to 352, with 99 in critical condition. One of the gunmen who attacked the Bataclan was a 29-year-old French national who had ties to Islamist militants and was known to the security services. Judicial and police sources identified said six members of the suspect’s family had been arrested early on Sunday. Three coordinated teams of gunmen and suicide bombers carried out the attacks, according the French prosecutors.
The attacks were launched in retaliation for French military actions in Syria and Iraq, the IS group said. The attackers are believed to have links to the Middle East, Belgium and possibly Germany as well as France.