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World leaders are reacting to the deadliest
violence to strike France since World War II.
Some of their views:
In a telegram to French President Francois Hol-
lande, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the at-
tacks were "the latest testimonial to the barbaric
essence of terrorism which throws down a chal-
lenge to human civilisation."
"It's obvious that an effective fight against this
evil demands a real unity of the forces of the inter-
national community. I would like to confirm the
readiness of Russia for the closest co-operation
with our French partners in investigating the crime
that took place in Paris."
"In this difficult time for France, I ask you to pass
along words of sincere sympathy and support to
the relatives and those near to those who were
killed and wishes for a fast recovery to all those
who were hurt at the hands of extremists." ---
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN
Obama is calling the attacks on Paris "outra-
geous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians" and
is vowing to do whatever it takes to help bring the
perpetrators to justice.
Speaking to reporters at the White House,
Obama said he wouldn't speculate about who was
responsible and called the attacks a "heartbreaking
situation" and an "attack on all of humanity."
---US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemn-
ing "the despicable terrorist attacks" in Paris.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Ban
"trusts that the French authorities will do all in
their power to bring the perpetrators to justice
quickly." The UN Security Council also condemned
"the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks," and
underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of
"these terrorist acts to justice."
German President Joachim Gauck says terror-
ists "won't have the last word" after the deadly at-
tacks in Paris.
Gauck said in a statement that "Europe's val-
ues and Europe's freedom have been attacked
by powerful enemies throughout history. Never-
theless, our Europe is a fortress of democracy
and human rights. Even the brutal attacks of Is-
lamist terrorists won't change this."---GER-
MAN PRESIDENT JOACHIM GAUCK
As a nation that has suffered from terror at-
tacks, Erdogan said Turkey shares the pain felt by
Erdogan, who is scheduled to host G-20 leaders
at a summit meeting today, said the attacks were
aimed at the two countries' "peace and security,"
and he called for unity against all terror groups.---
TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ER-
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says in a
statement, "Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with
French President Francois Hollande and with the
people of France in our common battle against ter-
rorism."---ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BEN-
The state-run IRNA news agency quoted
Rouhani as saying yesterday that Iran "itself has
been a victim of the scourge of terrorism" and the
fight against terrorism must go on.
Rouhani also cancelled visits to France and Italy,
due in a few days.
France was one of the world powers involved in
recent negotiations with the Islamic Republic over
its contested nuclear program.
Hossein Jaber Ansari, a Foreign Ministry
spokesman, also was quoted by IRNA as saying:
"Those terrorist groups that committed the Paris
crimes do not believe in ethical principles and they
are not loyal to any type of divine religions---includ-
ing Islam."---IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN
Pope Francis says he was "moved and sad-
dened" by the attacks in Paris but confesses that "I
don't understand these things. They are difficult to
understand, carried out by human beings."
The pope, speaking in a heavy and measured
voice, made the comments in a phone call broad-
cast on the Italian Bishop's Conference TG2000
Asked if there can be a religious justification for
such attacks, Francis responded: "Religious and
human. This is not human."
Francis says he was "close to the much-beloved
people of France, I am close to the relatives of the
victims and I pray for all of them."
"Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to
our French cousins in this dark and terrible time,"
He says Canada has offered "all of our help and
support to the government of France."---CANA-
DIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN
Cameron says he is "shocked" by the Paris at-
tacks and violence.
Cameron said on Twitter: "Our thoughts and
prayers are with the French people. We will do
whatever we can to help."---BRITISH PRIME
MINISTER DAVID CAMERON
With Isis claiming responsibility
for the Paris attacks, the investi-
gation moved beyond France as Bel-
gian authorities made a number of
arrests there in the first publicised
apprehensions following Friday
night s bloodshed, a Belgian justice
ministry spokeswoman said yes-
Meanwhile, at least one American
is among the Paris death toll, now
at 129 people, officials said.
In Belgium, raids were conducted
in the Brussels suburb of Molen-
beek-Saint-Jean, justice ministry
spokeswoman Sieghild Lacoere said.
A car rented in Brussels was found
near one of the sites of the Paris
attacks, and "that s what triggered
the raids," he said.
In all, the raids took place in three
homes in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a
Western intelligence source said.
At least one of the raids is con-
nected to the Paris attacks, according
to the source, who is in contact with
French and Belgian intelligence serv-
ices. The other raids are connected
to individuals known to Belgium
intelligence, the source said. Some
of the Paris attackers are also known
to Belgium intelligence, the source
added. At least two Belgians were
among the dead in France, the Bel-
gian Foreign Ministry said.
One of the terrorists in Paris was
identified as a 30-year-old French
national from Courcouronnes, in the
city s southern suburbs, Paris pros-
ecutor Francois Molins said yester-
That individual was involved in
the attack on a concert hall, had a
criminal history, and was identified
as having been radicalised in 2010,
but that person had never been
accused of terrorism, Molins said.
The Paris attacks are the worst
violence witnessed by France since
World War II and were deemed by
the French President "an act of war."
In the nearly simultaneous attacks
on Friday night, the assailants tar-
geted six sites, the deadliest being
a massacre at a concert hall where
at least 80 people were killed.
In addition to the 129 people killed
in Paris, 352 were injured---at least
99 seriously, Molins said yesterday.
The threat of Isis is well-known,
with the jihadist group s atrocities
in Syria and Iraq being met with
condemnation and airstrikes by a
US-led coalition that includes France.
In an online statement distributed
by supporters yesterday, Isis said
eight militants wearing explosive
belts and armed with machine guns
attacked precisely selected areas in
the French capital.
President Francois Hollande
blamed the attacks on Isis, and said
they were planned from the out-
side---"with inside complicity."
"When the terrorists are capable
of doing such acts, they must know
that they will face a France very
determined," he said.
The attacks shook the conscience
of a world. (CNN)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
Isis claims responsibility for Paris attack
Young women have formed the word Paris with candles to mourn for the victims killed in Friday's attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French
Embassy in Berlin, yesterday.
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