129 dead, 352 injured in coordinated Paris attacks
A Paris prosecutor says 129 people were killed in last night’s terror attacks and 352 people were injured. He says 99 of the injured are in critical condition.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb rampage that also targeted restaurants and a soccer stadium.
Prosecutor Francois Molins says three teams of attackers seem to have coordinated attacks. He says the attackers in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people died, mentioned Syria and Iraq during the attacks.
Belgium’s justice minister says authorities in the Belgian capital have made several arrests linked to the deadly attacks in Paris.
He says police organized several raids in a Brussels neighborhood on Saturday and arrested "more than one" suspect.
The justice minister (Koen Geens) told the VRT network that the arrests came after a rental car with Belgian license plates was seen close to the Bataclan theater in Paris on Friday night, one of the places that came under attack.
He says the arrests were related to the search of the vehicle and the person who rented it.
Interpol says it has set up a "crisis response task force" at its headquarters in southeastern France following deadly attacks in Paris.
The Lyon, France-based international police agency noted its fingerprint, name and DNA databases and border security capabilities to help track foreign terrorists.
Interpol Secretary-General Juergen Stock has condemned the "cold-blooded, cowardly attacks" that left 127 people dead Friday night.
Germany’s top security official says the country has ramped up border controls with France after the Paris terror attacks.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin that the move follows a request from France to all of its neighbors to increase controls along their common borders.
De Maiziere said the checks would take place on road, rail and plane connections with France.
Meanwhile, Germany’s vice chancellor is warning against a crackdown on migrants coming to Europe because of the deadly Paris terror attacks.
Sigmar Gabriel says those seeking refuge in Europe shouldn’t be made to suffer just because "they come from those regions where terror is being exported to us and to the world."
Bavaria’s finance minister has called for better border controls, saying Germany needs to know who is entering the country. He told a German newspaper that "the days of unchecked immigration and illegal entry can’t continue," adding that "Paris changes everything." Bavaria has been the main point of entry for hundreds of thousands of migrants flooding into Germany this year.
A member of Poland’s incoming conservative government says in light of the Paris terror attacks, Poland cannot go ahead with EU decisions on immigration and accept refugees without guarantees of security.
In comments online, Konrad Szymanski says Poland must have "full control" of its borders and migration policy.
The outgoing government agreed to accept 7,000 refugees from Syria and Eritrea over the next two years.
Szymanski could become Poland’s minister for European affairs when the new government is sworn in on Monday.
One of the Paris attackers reportedly came into the EU through Greece last month.