French police hunt on-the-run suspect after Paris terror attacks


A wanted notice has been issued by French police hunting for a man suspected to be on the run after the Paris attacks.

The manhunt has been launched for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman born in Belgian capital Brussels, warning people that he is dangerous and saying "do not intervene yourself".

The development came as David Cameron said the UK's safety and security depended on "degrading and ultimately destroying" the Islamic State (IS) "death cult".

Before the wanted notice was issued, police investigating Friday's attacks said they were searching for a Frenchman believed to have been directly involved in the violence.

The man, one of three brothers believed to be involved in the killings in central Paris, rented a black Volkswagen Polo used by the attackers who left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan concert hall.

British police and spies are working closely with counterparts in France and Belgium to identify and pursue those behind the massacre.

Security has been beefed up in UK cities and ports as Britons were urged to remain vigilant, although the terror threat level has not been changed from the second-highest "severe" rating.

Speaking after leading a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee, Home Secretary Theresa May said the UK authorities were working to find anyone involved in the "barbaric attacks" in the French capital.

More details have emerged about the IS attack which was the worst terrorist outrage in Europe for more than a decade, leaving at least 132 dead and 350 wounded.

:: Seven people were detained in Belgium in connection with the attacks.

:: Two of the terrorists killed on Friday night were Frenchmen living in the Belgian capital Brussels.

:: As many as three of the seven suicide bombers were French, as was at least one of the men arrested in Belgium.

:: Three Kalashnikov assault rifles were discovered inside a Seat car used in the attacks which was found in the suburb of Montreuil, four miles east of Paris.

:: One of the attackers was identified as 29-year-old Frenchman Ismael Mostefai, who had been flagged for links to Islamic radicalism

:: Mostefai's father and brother have been arrested.

:: Prosecutors believe three teams of terrorists carried out the co-ordinated attacks.

:: At least one of the attackers is believed to have passed through Greece as a refugee.

Nick Alexander, 36, from Colchester, the only British fatality confirmed so far, was selling merchandise for rock group Eagles of Death Metal when their concert at the Bataclan venue was targeted.

Video has emerged of the moment the terrorists attacked, firing repeatedly at fans as band members fled the stage.

The UK's ambassador in Paris, Peter Ricketts, laid flowers at an impromptu shrine outside the venue today, describing it as "intensely moving".

In a sign of the continued tension in Paris, the Place de la Republique - where huge crowds had gathered - was suddenly evacuated with people fleeing in terror.

The square, where Channel 4 News was broadcasting live at the time, was reopened after it was confirmed the panic was the result of a false alarm. 

Speaking from the G20 summit in Turkey, Mr Cameron said Europe would be safer if the threat from IS - also known as Isil - was dealt with. 

He said: "It's become even more clear that our safety and security depends on degrading and ultimately destroying Isil whether it's in Iraq or Syria.

"We're playing a huge role in that already in Iraq. Others are taking action in Syria which we both support and enable, but we've got to keep on making the case that we will be safer in the UK, in France, right across Europe if we destroy this death cult once and for all."

It has emerged Iraqi intelligence warned countries in the US-led coalition against IS, including France, of an imminent assault the day before the Paris attacks.

Mrs May, who chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee, said the UK's spies and police were assisting their counterparts on the continent in the hunt for members of the terror cell responsible for the Paris massacre.

She said: "The UK police and security services are working very closely with their counterparts in France and Belgium to identify all those involved and to pursue anyone who may have been involved in the preparation of these barbaric attacks."

She added: "The UK stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with France. The terrorists will not win, we will defeat them."

Extra security measures have been put in place around Britain, Mrs May said, with enhanced checks at ports and an increased police presence in cities.

Mrs May confirmed that there were "tried and tested" measures for the military to respond to a marauding attack by terrorist gunmen.

Reports have suggested that special forces are geared to intervene if an attack like the one carried out in Paris was attempted on British soil.

The Home Secretary said: "Since the firearms attack that took place in 2008 in Mumbai, we have been building the capability of police here in the UK to respond to a multiple firearms attack and developing that capability - different training for the police and ensuring that they are able to respond quickly to such an event.

"Indeed there was a major exercise just this summer on the streets of London testing what their response would be to an attack of this sort.

"Of course there are tried and tested arrangements in place for military support to be provided to the police when that's necessary.

"We are obviously reviewing these arrangements to see whether there is anything we need to learn from what has happened in Paris to further develop our capability."

Britons have been urged to join in an Europe-wide minute's silence on Monday at 11am UK time - noon in Paris.