• Islamic State group claims attacks


    BEIRUT:  The Islamic State jihadist group claimed gun and bomb attacks in Paris that left more than 128 people dead in a statement posted online on Saturday.

    French President Francois Hollande also blamed the Islamic extremist group and called the coordinated assault on Friday night at six different sites an “act of war”.

    In a statement issued online on Saturday morning, Islamic State said that “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles” conducted a “blessed attack on… Crusader France.”

    Hollande said the multiple attacks across Paris were “an act of war… committed by a terrorist army, Daesh, against France”, using another term for IS.

    France has been on high alert since January when jihadist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris in attacks targeting satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

    Another disaster was narrowly averted in August when a gunman was overpowered on a packed high-speed train in northern France.



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