PARIS — Security fears strong in Europe on Tuesday as German authorities scrambled to respond to a reported explosve tract and French investigators unclosed clues suggesting a Islamic State dungeon that launched final week’s harmful assaults in Paris was incomparable than formerly known.
Authorities in Hanover, Germany, abruptly called off a accessible soccer compare between Germany and a Netherlands that Chancellor Angela Merkel had designed to attend to uncover solve opposite terrorism and support for a victims of a attacks that killed during slightest 129 people in Paris. One aim of Friday’s attacks was a accessible soccer compare between France and Germany during a swarming track north of Paris.
Hanover Police Chief Volker Kluwe told internal broadcaster NDR that officials perceived “a petrify tip that an explosives conflict was designed opposite this general compare in a stadium.”
A high-level European confidence executive pronounced a evacuation, that was systematic shortly before a compare was due to begin, was associated to a Paris attacks.
Although no explosives were immediately located, a entrance of another suspected tract to wreak massacre during a swarming open eventuality underscored a challenging plea confronting European nations as they find to detect and forestall belligerent attacks.
In Brussels, a soccer compare scheduled for Tuesday between Belgium and Spain was also canceled, and many fans voiced worry that a disruptions could bluster a European Championship in France subsequent year.
The events in Germany took place as France unleashed a third night of heated airstrikes on Raqqa, a Islamic State’s de facto collateral in Syria. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told TF1 radio that 10 French warrior jets were rising attacks on a city. Raqqa is now a executive aim of a United States and associated countries seeking to idle a nonconformist group’s immeasurable area opposite Syria and Iraq.
At a same time, French authorities strong their hunt for those obliged for Friday’s bloodshed, a misfortune on French dirt given World War II. On Tuesday, investigators launched a hunt for another suspect, bringing a series of purported enemy to nine. According to a Reuters news agency, a new think was rescued on notice video in a automobile that a enemy used to fire diners during cafes and bars.
Kluwe, a Hanover troops chief, pronounced a “key warning reached us about 15 mins before a gates opened.” A comparison European confidence executive pronounced late Tuesday that a information came from an unclear “foreign service.” He pronounced that investigators had not finished their work on a belligerent though that they did not immediately find explosives.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière pronounced during a news discussion in Berlin that a preference to cancel a compare was done after “evidence solidified” during a early dusk that an conflict had been planned. He pronounced that a preference to cancel a compare was a “bitter” one and that “the diversion was a special gesture” following a Paris attacks.
The track hazard took place a same day that dual videos seemed from supporters of a Islamic State. In one video, a anecdotist urged Muslims to conflict non-Muslim Westerners by any means possible, regulating cars, knives, rocks, and even kicks and punches.
“I contend to European countries, we are coming,” a belligerent pronounced in a other video. “We are entrance with bombs and explosives; we are entrance with [explosives] belts.”
French troops carried out dozens of additional raids Monday and Tuesday, while investigations in France and Belgium suggested sum of a attackers’ movements before a concurrent assaults. On Tuesday, France’s National Police expelled an puncture circular appealing for witnesses to assistance them brand a “perpetrator” who died after detonating his explosives belt during a Stade de France on Friday. Police tweeted a photo of a passed man. The male was formerly identified as Ahmad Almohammad, a 25-year-old from Idlib, formed on a Syrian pass that was found nearby his remains.
But investigators now contend a pass was fake, lifting uninformed questions about a man’s temperament and about either migrant trails used by haven seekers were also exploited by militants. Officials had been incompetent to determine a attacker’s loyal identity, though fingerprints taken from a physique of one of a self-murder bombers compare those of a male who arrived on a Greek island of Leros along with 197 migrants Oct. 3. The same male was after processed in a Serbian limit city of Presevo after channel from Macedonia on Oct. 15.
For days, a primary aim of a raids has been a singular fugitive, Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to be closely related to a attacks. On Tuesday, French media reported that Abdeslam, a theme of an general manhunt, indifferent dual bedrooms during a hotel outward Paris in a days before a attacks. According to a French newsmagazine Le Point, investigators found DNA and a collection of syringes, brief needles and cosmetic tubes in a rooms. It was not immediately transparent either a syringes were dictated for explosives or drug-related use.
More than dual months ago, Abdeslam — a French citizen — was stopped in a slight trade check while entering Austria from Germany, according to a French executive informed with a investigation. He told Austrian troops Sept. 9 that he was going on vacation in Vienna. There were dual other people in a car, according to a orator for a Austrian Interior Ministry. His movements have lifted questions about either he was seeking hit with migrants — many of them haven seekers from Syria and Iraq — along a pathways from Greece to Central Europe.
Also on France’s wanted list is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian of Moroccan descent. He is suspected to be a pivotal figure behind a Paris attacks and other belligerent operations in Europe this year, including a foiled conflict aboard a high-speed sight firm for Paris in August. A French executive pronounced Tuesday that Abaaoud had been targeted by French airstrikes. France began conducting strikes in Syria in September.
The United States, meanwhile, launched a strike about 6 weeks ago opposite another comparison member of a Islamic State obliged for formulation outmost attacks, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, a U.S. invulnerability executive said. He was harmed though survived a strike.
In Germany, troops incarcerated and questioned during slightest 7 people in tie with a Paris attacks, though they were after released, a German news organisation DPA reported.
In a magnitude of French leaders’ concern, France invoked for a initial time a European Union mutual support pact, famous as Article 42-7 of a Lisbon Treaty, that calls for members of a confederation to support other member states if they are attacked.
“Today, France requests a support and assistance for all Europe,” E.U. unfamiliar process arch Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels after comparison European leaders concluded to support France’s request. “And today, all of Europe, united, responds yes.”
It was not immediately transparent to what border European countries, compelled by bill pressures and divided over troops action, would determine to significantly enhance troops movement opposite a Islamic State. “It’s an countenance of oneness with no teeth,” pronounced Jan Techau, executive of Carnegie Europe, a Brussels-based process investigate group. French President François Hollande is to accommodate with Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama subsequent week to plead a debate opposite a Islamic State.
Also Tuesday, Russia conducted a “significant” series of strikes on Raqqa, presumably regulating sea-launched journey missiles and long-range bombers, a U.S. invulnerability executive said, vocalization on a condition of anonymity to plead a Russian operation. Those strikes follow a Russian government’s assessment that explosives brought down an airliner full of Russian tourists over Egypt final month. The Islamic State claimed shortcoming for that attack.
Stephanie Kirchner in Berlin, William Branigin and Brian Murphy in Washington, Daniela Deane in London, Steven Mufson in Brussels, and Cléophée Demoustier, Virgile Demoustier, Karla Adam, Monique
El-Faizy and Karen DeYoung in Paris contributed to this report.