The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris

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

1:35 p.m.

Authorities say the main terminal at Copenhagen’s international airport, the Nordic region’s main hub, has been evacuated because of “a suspicious bag.”

Police had no more details about Wednesday’s evacuation of Terminal 3, the main arrival and departure terminal. Television footage shows bomb experts, fire trucks and police outside the airport building.

As of late October, more than 22.6 million people have so far this year traveled through the Copenhagen airport.


1:25 p.m.

French President Francois Hollande says France is ‘at war’ against terrorism by the Islamic State group.

Hollande says he wants “large coalition” working together against IS militants to destroy a group that threatens the whole world and “commits massacres” in the Mideast.

Hollande says “we are at war.” He was speaking in a televised address Wednesday after a seven-hour police siege on an apartment north of Paris where police suspected the mastermind of the deadly Paris attacks might have been.

He says the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle just left to help French military operations in Syria against IS.


1:05 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says security agencies made the right decision to cancel the soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands due to attack fears.

The Tuesday night friendly match in Hannover was called off 90 minutes before the kickoff after German authorities received mounting information about a possible attack on the stadium.

Merkel and several members of her Cabinet had been due to attend the match to demonstrate that Germany wouldn’t bow to terror following the deadly attacks in Paris.

Merkel said Wednesday “I was just as sad as millions of fans that this cancellation had to happen, but the security agencies took a responsible decision.”

She said “these are difficult decisions, possibly the most difficult decisions between freedom and security. But yesterday it was taken in favor of security, and that’s right.”


12:50 p.m.

A father’s heartwarming explanation to his son about the Paris terror attacks is electrifying social media, with more than 27 million views on Facebook alone.

The video shows an interview conducted by a reporter for France’s Le Petit Journal in a Paris square where people are laying flowers and lighting candles to honor the 129 victims killed in the attacks.

The child tells the reporter the attacks were conducted by “bad guys” who were “not very nice.” He then expresses fear that his family will be forced to move, although his father reassures him they won’t because there are “bad guys everywhere.”

With his arm around his son, the father refers to the crowd at the square, and says, “It’s OK. They might have guns, but we have flowers.”


12:45 p.m.

The French government says all 129 people killed in attacks Friday on a Paris stadium, a concert hall and cafes have been identified.

A statement released after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting says about 100 families have come to see the bodies.

At least 350 people were also wounded in the Paris attacks, with scores of people still critically injured. The death toll may still rise if some of the wounded do not recover.


12:30 p.m.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says authorities are working to determine the fate of the suspected mastermind of last week’s Paris attacks after a seven-hour police raid on an apartment where he was believed to be hiding.

Francois Molins says the police began the raid Wednesday after gathering information that suspect Abdelhamid Abaaoud could be in a safe house apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Molins said the information was collected from tapped telephone conversations, surveillance and witness accounts.

He told reporters in Saint-Denis after the operation was over that authorities are still working to determine who was inside. Seven people were arrested and two suspects were killed.


12:05 p.m.

A White House official says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the law enforcement operation in a suburb of Paris. This is a French law enforcement operation, but the president asked to be updated, the official said.

Obama is in Manila for an economic summit. The official was not authorized to discuss the briefing further.

A French government spokesman says a seven-hour police operation north of Paris targeting the mastermind of the deadly Paris attacks and his accomplices, has ended. He says two people were killed in the operation and seven arrested.

– Kathleen Hennessey in Manila.



Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have detained eight people at Istanbul’s main airport who they suspect could be Islamic State militants planning to make their way to Germany, posing as refugees.

The Anadolu Agency said Wednesday the eight arrived in Istanbul from Casablanca, Morocco, and were interviewed by criminal profiling teams at Ataturk Airport. Citing police sources, the agency said one of the suspects had a hand-drawn picture of a planned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary.

Anadolu said the eight claimed to be tourists visiting Istanbul but a hotel refuted claims they had reservations there.


11:50 a.m.

French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll says a seven-hour police operation north of Paris targeting the mastermind of the Paris attacks and his accomplices, has ended.

Le Foll spoke to reporters in the presidential palace after a Cabinet meeting, saying “the operation is over.”

Police say two people were killed in the operation Wednesday including a female suicide bomber. Several police were injured and seven people were arrested.

The fate of the suspected mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is unclear.


11:40 a.m.

Police say a police dog was killed in the siege of an apartment where some of the Paris attackers are thought to be holed up.

The National Police said in a tweet that a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois named Diesel, a SWAT team assault dog, was “killed by terrorists” during the raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

Police say two suspects have died in the ongoing assault, one of them a female suicide bomber. Seven people have been arrested in the apartment building. Several police officers were slightly injured.

The raid is targeting perpetrators of Friday’s deadly gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.


11:30 a.m.

Police have escorted out children and others from the scene of a big police standoff with suspects in last week’s Paris attacks.

A woman in a purple headscarf wept while carrying a child. A man next to her carried another child wearing pink, and an older boy walked near them.

It is unclear whether they had been in the building where two people have been killed, several police slightly injured and seven people arrested since the standoff began seven hours ago.


11:20 a.m.

Armed security officers have fanned out around the historic Paris suburb of Saint-Denis during an hours-long standoff with police.

Journalists, cameramen, police and curious residents waited nervously in the central Place Victor Hugo, as sirens echoed around the neighborhood.

It contrasted with the serenity of the Saint-Denis Basilica – one of the world’s most majestic gothic churches – that towers over the area. Its famed stone tower was lit up beautifully in the unusually sunny November morning.


11:15 a.m.

Officials say seven people have been arrested in a raid on an apartment building where suspects in last week’s Paris attacks were holed up.

A senior police official and the Paris prosecutor’s office say that the seven were arrested Wednesday in the building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

They did not identify those detained.

Authorities believe there may still be someone still hiding in an apartment.

A loud bang rang out in the streets adjacent to the building around the time of the latest arrests.


11 a.m.

The governor of Lower Saxony is reassuring Germans after the cancellation of a soccer game over terrorism concerns that “the security situation is stable” in the northern state.

Stephan Weil said Wednesday he knew people were worried, but asked “all to trust in the security authorities.”

State Interior Minister Boris Pistorius said Tuesday night’s Germany vs Netherlands match in Hannover was nixed at short notice after “vague” information that solidified late in the day.

He wouldn’t give details, saying the “more concrete information we give the more likely it is to reveal the source.”

He says it’s possible no arrests were made and no explosives were found because the plot was called off after the game was canceled.

Pistorius says “we won’t know what would have happened if we didn’t cancel it.”


10:40 a.m.

A bill to extend France’s state of emergency for three months is being presented to a Cabinet meeting.

French president Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency for 12 days following Friday night’s attacks. Parliament must approve extending it.

The bill is to be debated in the Cabinet on Wednesday, the lower house on Thursday and at the Senate on Friday.

The state of emergency extends some police powers of search and arrest and limits public gatherings, among other changes.

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