French police are hunting for a second fugitive directly involved in the deadly Paris attacks, officials said Tuesday after France made an unprecedented demand that its European Union allies support its military action against the Islamic State group.
Surveillance video obtained by The Associated Press indicates a team of three attackers carried out the shootings at a Paris sidewalk cafe, leading police to believe that a second assailant is on the loose.
Video footage shows two black-clad gunmen with automatic weapons calmly firing on the bar, then returning slowly toward a waiting car, whose driver was maneuvering behind them.
Officials previously had not specified how many people were involved in the attack on the sidewalk bar on La Fontaine au Roi street.
Three French officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the investigation, confirmed that an analysis of the series of attacks on Friday indicated that one additional person directly involved in the assault remains unaccounted for.
In Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin that a Syrian passport found with one of the Paris attackers with the name Ahmad al Mohammad may have been a false flag intended to make Europeans fearful of refugees. The passport showed registrations in Greece, Serbia and Croatia, which he described as “unusual.”
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Armed to the teeth and sporting military fatigues and a combat helmet, the officer is part of a counter-terrorism unit unveiled at Wembley last night.
The elite Scotland Yard squad arrived in huge armoured vehicles to throw a ring of steel around the 80,000 fans watching England beat France.
The marksmen were also toting their new lightweight, semi-automatic SIG 516 rifle.
The 130-strong unit has been developing new tactics with UK special forces, including abseiling from helicopters and tackling rampaging gunmen.
They have been trained to shoot for the head instead of the usual target, the chest.
They came out of the shadows in the wake of the massacre of 129 people in Paris on Friday.
The heightened terror threat was confirmed last night when another friendly – between Germany and the Netherlands – was called off very late because of a ‘concrete’ bomb threat.
No risks were taken because three of the seven Paris suicide bombers had targeted a fixture at the Stade de France between France and Germany.
Last night’s match began with English and French fans uniting to sing France’s national anthem, La Marseillaise.
One expert described the counter-terrorism officers at Wembley as ‘effectively SAS officers in police uniform’.
Amid some of the tightest security ever seen at a sporting fixture, they took up key positions around the ground.
Many of the officers chose to cover their faces because they sometimes work undercover.