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The Latest: Official names 2 bombers in Paris attacks


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

1:58 a.m.
   Authorities have named two more of the suicide bombers responsible for the Friday the 13th terrorist rampage across Paris that killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more.
   A judicial source speaking on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to speak publicly said the 20-year-old Frenchman police identified as one of the three suicide bombers to strike at the Stade de France stadium was Bilal Hadfi.
   A 31-year-old identified by police as the suicide bomber who detonated his explosive vest on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris was named as Brahim Abdeslam, the source said. Abdeslam is the older brother of 26-year-old Saleh Abdeslam, 26, who is currently the subject of an international manhunt.
   A third suicide bomber, Ismael Mostefai, 29, had already been named by police, after being identified through remains found at the Bataclan music hall, another of the six separate attack sites across Paris and its suburbs.

   1:20 a.m.
   The U.S. flag is being lowered to half-staff at the White House, federal buildings across the country and American military and diplomatic stations around the world as a mark of respect for victims of the Paris attacks.
   President Barack Obama ordered the gesture of solidarity with France by proclamation Sunday. The flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset Thursday. Earlier, in the day, House Speaker Paul Ryan ordered flags lowered at the U.S. Capitol.
   In his proclamation, Obama says the "terror attacks" were an assault on all of humanity.
   He declares that those values will endure beyond the acts of terrorists, and the U.S. and allies, as he put it, "do not give in to fear, nor will we be divided, nor will anyone change our way of life."

   1:05 a.m.
   Paris museums will reopen on Monday, two days after they were shuttered due to heightened security following the Friday the 13th terrorist rampage across the capital.
   The Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and other museums have been closed all weekend following Friday's terror attacks that killed 129. Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said all museums in Paris and nearby towns will reopen Monday at 1200 GMT, following a minute of silence being observed across France in memory of the victims at 1100 GMT.

10:15 p.m.

A French defense official says the country has launched a "massive" series of airstrikes on the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump.

The ministry spokesman said Sunday that the strikes on Raqqa involved 12 aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, and 20 bombs were dropped.

The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
   --By Philippe Soto.
   10:05 p.m.

About 1,200 volunteers and first responders who helped in the aftermath of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps were in the Paris stadium for the France-Germany soccer match during Friday's attacks.

A spokesman for parent company Lufthansa says they had been invited to the match by the airline and the German and French soccer federations as appreciation for their work.

Helmut Tolksdorf said Sunday that, to Lufthansa's knowledge, none of the volunteers were harmed in the attack outside the stadium.

Hours before the stadium visit, six of the volunteers, including the mayor of the village of Le Vernet, had received the German Order of Merit at the German Embassy in Paris.

All 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 9525 were killed when the co-pilot steered the plane into a mountain on March 24.
9:50 p.m.

Four French officials have told The Associated Press that police questioned and released the fugitive suspect hours after the Paris attacks.

The questioning came when police pulled over a car near the Belgian border, hours after authorities had already identified Saleh Abdeslam as the renter of a Volkswagen Polo that was abandoned at the scene of the attack.

Abdeslam is now the focus of an international manhunt. One of his brothers detonated a suicide vest in central Paris and another was ultimately detained in Belgium.

He was one of three people in a car stopped by police Saturday morning, hours after the attacks that left at least 129 dead, the officials said.

Three French police officials and a top French security official confirmed all that officers stopped Abdeslam and checked his ID and then let him go.

The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly disclose details of the investigation.
8:45 p.m.

A Greek official says that the owner of a Syrian passport found near one of the suicide bombers in Paris was processed on the island of Leros and stayed there for five days before arriving by ship in Athens.

The deputy interior minister in charge of migrant policy, Yiannis Mouzalas, says the man entered Leros on Oct. 3 after setting out from the Turkish coast. Mouzalas says the man was registered on the same day and arrived in Athens on Oct. 8.

From then on, authorities didn't track him.

The passport was also registered in October in Serbia and Croatia, also countries on the corridor that crosses the Balkans and is known for lax controls and ease in obtaining transit documents. The owner was allowed to proceed because he passed what is essentially the only test in place -- he had no international arrest warrant against him, police in the states said Sunday.

It was not clear whether the passport was real or fake, or whether it belonged to the suicide bomber.

But trafficking in fake Syrian passports has increased as hundreds of thousands of people try to get refugee status, the chief of the European Union border agency Frontex has said.

Mouzalas added that the man was detected in Croatia, but didn't provide further details.

Mouzalas defended Greece's registration of incoming migrants, adding that this processing ought to be done by Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

8:25 p.m.

The world's tallest skyscraper has been lit up in tribute to France and those killed in the attacks in Paris.

The top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was illuminated in the red, white and blue of the French flag. Other landmark buildings in the United Arab Emirates, including the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab building, also paid tribute with lights on their facade in those colors.

Leaders from across the Muslim world have expressed their condolences over the attacks, with Saudi King Salman sending French President Francois Hollande a cable Saturday saying that such attacks are "unaccepted by any religion and international norms."
7:50 p.m.

Mourners gathered in silence to lay white flowers outside a restaurant on Paris' trendy rue de Charonne where attackers with a purported link to the Islamic State group went on a rampage, killing 19 people and critically wounding nine others.

A friend of restaurant owner Gregory Reibenberg said he rushed to the scene shortly after the attack Friday evening. "The first thing I saw was my best friend Gregory picking up his dead wife, trying to run for help," said Youssef Boudjema, who'd returned to the Belle Epoque restaurant Sunday.

Hundreds of mourners have been coming here over the past day and a half, leaving flowers and candles in honor of the victims.

7:40 p.m.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says "I cried" when watching images of French soccer fans singing the national anthem as they left the Stade de France stadium following Friday's attacks.

The series of attacks that struck Paris began when suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the Stade de France some 20 minutes into the match between France and Germany on Friday night.

After the game had finished, they left the stadium in a climate of tension but not giving in to panic, maintaining their calm as they walked back to their cars or to a nearby railway station.

"When I saw people leaving the stadium singing La Marseillaise, I cried," Bach said on France 2 television on Sunday. "We're all French because the acts are not only an attack against Parisians or the French, but they're attacks against humanity and against human values. It goes without saying that we're all together with our friends in France."

The attacks in Paris came as the French capital bids to host the 2024 Olympics. Rome, Los Angeles, Hamburg and Budapest are the other candidates. The IOC will select the host city in 2017.
7:30 p.m.

People who knew Paris attacker Ismael Mostefai were stupefied and confused that someone they recalled as shy and considerate could have been involved in France's deadliest attacks in decades.

Ben Bammou, president of a local Muslim group, said Mostefai regularly attended mosque in the area and used to work as a baker. But he described the man as "timid" and said that the Muslim community of Chartres didn't understand what happened.

"We're grieving, like everyone else," he said.

A woman who answered the door at the suicide bomber's former address, a two-story building in the city of Chartres, said she didn't know him.

Neighbor Arnauld Froissart, a 34-year-old bank employee, said Mostefai and his family were "very nice" and that his mother offered cakes to neighbors during Ramadan.

"Everyone was shocked when we learned this last night and this morning," he said. "I've lived in this neighborhood since 1986 and there's no problem here."
7:15 p.m.

Two French law enforcement officials say a collective panic in several Paris neighborhoods, including Plaza de Republique, was a false alarm. One of the officials said the crowd in the plaza apparently panicked after hearing firecrackers.

A French security official said someone had reached out to police in the plaza out of panic, and when officers arrived with weapons drawn, the crowd dispersed in fear.

The official called it a moment of collective panic. The official had no information of any threats to the area.

Both officials weren't authorized to be publicly named according to government policy.

Close by, panic broke out near a small Cambodian restaurant and a bar that were the scenes of shooting on Friday night and police were seen running with guns drawn.
   ----By Jamey Keaten and Lori Hinnant.
7 p.m.

French authorities say they have formally identified one of the suicide attackers at the national stadium and another man who attacked a restaurant in central Paris.

One of the men was 20 and the other was 31. Both were French nationals living in Belgium.

A third man, who died in the assault on the Bataclan concert hall, was identified earlier as 29-year-old Ismael Mostefai, a Frenchman with known ties to Islamic radicalism.
6:50 p.m.

Police have cleared Paris' iconic Plaza de Republique, where hundreds of mourners had gathered on Sunday, and panic has broken out at the scene of one of the Friday night's attacks.

In France's 10th arrondissement, near a small Cambodian restaurant and a bar that were the scenes of shooting on Friday night, panic broke out and police broke through with guns drawn.

The two are about a 10-minute walk apart, in the same general area of Paris.
6:35 p.m.

The widow of David Haines, a British aid worker killed by Islamic State militants, says attacks in Paris and elsewhere show the world is no longer a safe place.

Dragana Haines told The Associated Press on Sunday that she finds it "unbelievable that in today's age somebody is actually killing in the name of religion."

Haines' husband was beheaded last September by militant Mohammed Emwazi, known as "Jihadi John." The U.S. has said Emwazi was possibly killed in a drone attack Thursday.

Haines says "he was just one of the players in this big game ... I'm afraid this is not over yet."

"Looking at the things that happened in Paris ... few days before in Beirut, Baghdad," Haines says. "No, I don't think the world is a safe place."
6:20 p.m.

French police have issued a wanted notice with a photo of a man suspected in the Paris attacks.

The notice, released Sunday evening, is for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old man born in Brussels. It warns people who see him that he is dangerous, saying "do not intervene yourself."
6:15 p.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to attend a soccer friendly between Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday despite security concerns following the Paris attacks.

Germany was playing France in Paris on Friday when the attacks there took place, some in the vicinity of the stadium.

Merkel's office on Sunday confirmed a report by German daily Bild that she would be going to the match in Hannover, but didn't provide details.

The newspaper quoted Merkel's deputy, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, as saying that "now of all times we mustn't be cowed."

It wasn't immediately clear which other members of her Cabinet would attend.
5:55 p.m.

Leaders of the world's wealthiest economies have held a minute of silence in honor of the victims of the Paris attacks as well as those who perished in other attacks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited the Group of 20 leaders to stand in silence at an opening session Sunday of their two-day summit meeting near the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya.

Erdogan said the minute of silence was to commemorate the victims of the Paris attacks, those who died in twin suicide bombings last month in the Turkish capital, Ankara, as well as victims of attacks elsewhere.

The summit is focusing on ways to step up the fight against the Islamic State group following the Paris attacks.
5:45 p.m.

A French man believed directly involved in Friday's attacks in Paris is on the run and the subject of a manhunt, French security officials say.

The man, one of three brothers believed involved in the killings in central Paris, rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by a group of hostage-takers that left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan concert hall, one official said.

One other police official said the manhunt is believed to involve at least one suspect. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. One of the suspect's brothers has been arrested in Belgium and another brother died in the attack, the first official said.
5:30 p.m.

Prayers, services and marches have been held in the Nordic region to remember the victims and families of the deadly Paris attacks.

In Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik and several government ministers attended a memorial service on Sunday for the victims at the French Reformed Church in the capital, Copenhagen.

In Norway, high Mass was led in Oslo Cathedral by the priest, Elisabeth Thorsen, who called on Christians and Muslims to condemn extremism, which she said had nothing to do with religion, adding that "Islam means peace and Jesus is a prince of peace."

In the western Norwegian city of Bergen, people laid flowers and lit candles at a central square. Chloe Bezault, spokeswoman of French cultural organization Alliance Francaise, said it "warmed the hearts" of the French to receive such support from Norway and the rest of the world.

In Finland, peace marches drew various Christian denominations and representatives of Sunni, Shiite and Jewish communities in the capital, Helsinki, and evening gatherings were planned at various churches nationwide.
5:05 p.m.

Germany's defense minister is pushing back against the idea that extremists are entering Europe as refugees.

European officials have expressed concern after a passport discovered close to the body of one of the Paris attackers was found to have been used last month passing through Greece and the Balkans.

Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday that linking Europe's migrant crisis to the threat of terrorism would be wrong.

She says that "terrorism is so well organized that it doesn't have to risk the arduous refugee routes, and the sometimes life-threatening crossings at sea."

5 p.m.

Some 500 Berliners have spontaneously begun singing `La Marseillaise' after marking a minute's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.

The crowd gathered outside the French embassy Sunday in Berlin to lay flowers and candles in tribute to those killed and wounded in the attacks. After singing the French anthem, they marched arm-in-arm through Berlin's Brandenburg Gate amid the pouring rain.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris on Friday night that killed 129 people and wounded over 350. French President Francois Hollande, already involved in bombing IS targets in Iraq and Syria, has vowed to crush the group.

4:45 p.m.

Balkan authorities are tracking the travels of the owner of a Syrian passport that was found next to a suicide bomber's body at France's national stadium on Friday night.

Officials in Greece say the passport's owner entered the country Oct. 3 through Leros, one of the eastern Aegean islands that tens of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty have been using as a gateway into the 28-nation European Union.

Serbian police say he registered at its border entry with Macedonia on Oct. 7.

Croatian police say he was checked at a refugee center on Oct. 8. Police spokeswoman Helena Biocic said Sunday the man was not flagged as suspicious and continued his journey toward Hungary and Austria.

It is still not yet clear whether the Syrian passport is fake or real, or whether it belonged to the dead bomber. European officials say there is a brisk trade in fake Syrian passports to help people get refugee status in the EU.


4:45 p.m.

Germany's president is striking a defiant tone against terrorism during an annual event honoring those killed by war and violent oppression in the country.

President Joachim Gauck began his speech Sunday by remembering those killed in the Paris attacks and pledging solidarity with the people of France.

Gauck describes Friday's attacks as "a new kind of war" and says the perpetrators had struck open societies worldwide.

He said those responsible, and those who support them, should know that "we'll bow our heads to the dead, but we'll never bow to terror."


3:50 p.m.

Macedonia's Security Council has ordered the army to start preparations to possibly erect a fence on the border with neighboring Greece to restrict the flow of migrants.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov presided at a Security Council meeting late Saturday following the attacks in Paris. Officials are concerned that if other countries where asylum-seekers are headed restrict their flow, Macedonia will end up with a longer stays for a higher number of migrants.

Ivanov has said that more than 8,500 migrants have entered the country unregistered through illegal border crossings from Greece.

A statement issued after the meeting says the Security Council "emphasizes that a fence would not be aimed at closing the border, but channeling and limiting the flow of the migrants."

The statement also says "this step would be taken as a last resort."


2:55 p.m.

A top European Union official says the bloc's refugee policy does not need to be overhauled in the wake of the Paris attacks and is urging world leaders not to start treating asylum-seekers as terrorists.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Sunday that "those who organized these attacks, and those who carried them out, are exactly those who the refugees are fleeing."

Juncker told reporters at the G20 summit in Turkey that "there is no need to revise the European Union's entire refugee policy."

Poland's incoming government leaders declared Saturday that they would not accept refugees without security guarantees.

Juncker urged them "to be serious about this, and not to give in (to) these basic reactions I don't like."


2:35 p.m.

European Union President Donald Tusk says signs have emerged that attacks on moderate opposition forces in Syria are creating a new flood of refugees.

Tusk told reporters at the G20 summit in Turkey on Sunday that such attacks will "only result (in) a new wave of refugees. And we have some signals that in fact it's started."

The U.S and its allies say Russian warplanes in Syria have mostly targeted moderate opponents of President Bashar Assad instead of their declared main target, the Islamic State group.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the allegations.

Tusk did not mention Russia by name but said that the Islamic State is "the real enemy of the free world, not the moderate Syrian opposition."

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