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Eleven killed in
One of the men who attacked the
Bataclan music venue in Paris on 13
November was buried on Christmas
Eve in a northern suburb, reports say.
Samy Amimour was one of three
suicide attackers who killed 90 people
at a rock concert.
He was buried in a cemetery in
Seine-Saint-Denis, where he grew up
and where his parents live. Only a few
people attended and the grave is
A total of 130 people were killed in
the Islamist militant attacks in Paris.
Amimour, 28, is thought to be the
first of the attackers to be buried.
Le Journal du Dimanche reported
that the burial took place late on 24
December in La Courneuve inter-
communal cemetery after it was
closed off to the public.
It said the hearse disappeared
behind trees and concrete walls, and
the ceremony was then held in secret
and attended only by a few people.
Amimour's parents took precautions
to ensure that the burial plot could not
be identified, reports said.
Authorities feared it could become
either a shrine or a target of attacks.
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Paris attacker Samy Amimour buried in unmarked grave
Eleven people are reported to
have been killed in tornadoes in
Texas, raising the death toll to 29
in a week of storms across several
At least eight people died in Gar-
land, near Dallas, five of them when
their cars were blown off a motor-
way. Three bodies were found in
Officials also say west Texas and
New Mexico could suffer major
blizzards, bringing up to 16in
(41cm) of snow.
The storms across the South
have been unusually powerful for
Reports from Texas said churches
were destroyed, cars mangled and
trees toppled across a 64km (20
mile) zone from south of Dallas up
to suburbs in the north-east.
Garland police believed that tor-
nado-strength winds late on Sat-
urday were the cause of car acci-
dents, Melinda Urbina from the
Dallas County Sheriff's office, told
Ms Urbina said the winds
"tossed cars around" and vehicles
were later found below Interstate
30, about 15 miles (24km) north-
east of Dallas. She urged local res-
idents to stay off the roads.
In a Sunday morning briefing,
Lt Pedro Barineau, of Garland
police, said 600 buildings had been
damaged in the Dallas area.
The Red Cross is setting up shel-
ters for those with damaged homes.
Police said all street and highway
lights had been knocked out, leav-
ing officers working in the dark
Two people were found dead at
a petrol station in Copeville, and
a third was killed in Blue Ridge,
reports in local media said.
Kevin Taylor, a church pastor in
Glenn Heights, south of Dallas,
described to WFAA how his church
began collapsing around him.
"Doors began to turn inward,
when I saw that I figured the glass
was going to shatter and hit me in
the face, so I broke and ran down
the hallway and by the time I got
just a few feet everything collapsed
and went dark and fell on top of
me," he said, adding: "By the grace
of God I'm here though."
At least 30,000 people were
reportedly without power, and
there were reports of burst gas
The National Weather Service
confirmed that several tornadoes
had touched down near Dallas and
other towns in northern Texas.
The deaths in Dallas come as
much of the south-central region
of the US has been hit by severe
weather in the past week.
Ten people are now confirmed
to have died in Mississippi and six
Arkansas and Alabama have each
reported one fatality
In Mississippi, where 20 torna-
does hit, officials reported that 56
people had been injured and more
than 400 houses destroyed or
damaged in storms
One large tornado reportedly
touched land in Mississippi and
tore a path more than 100 miles
long to Tennessee
While extreme weather in the
US around Christmas is not
unknown, meteorologists say that
unseasonably high temperatures in
some areas contributed to the
severity of the storms.
The forecast for the eastern US
is of continuing high tempera-
tures---Washington DC could see
a record daily high of 23C (73) on
A year ago, a tornado hit south-
eastern Mississippi, killing five peo-
ple and injuring dozens more.
A storm on Christmas Day in
2012 which included several tor-
nadoes damaged homes from Texas
Downed trees and power
lines litter the area as
neighbors check a
damaged pickup looking
for the driver after reports
of a tornado in Rowlett,
Texas on Saturday.
The driver was later
Tornadoes swept through
the Dallas area after dark
on Saturday evening
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