French President François Hollande is calling Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris an “act of war” carried out by the Islamic State.
Over 120 people were killed, and hundreds others wounded after six locations around the city, including a mall, stadium, and concert venue, were attacked.
“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh, against France,” Hollande said early Saturday from the Élysée Palace, “It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”
Hollande hasn’t specified what intelligence authorities used to confirm ISIS’s involvement. The extremist group claimed responsibility for the attacks in an online statement on Saturday.
Hollande says France will observe three days of national mourning in solidarity with victims.
Meanwhile officials are looking into the backgrounds of eight terrorists involved in the attacks. Authorities say all of them are dead, but they are still searching for possible accomplices. Their identities and nationalities haven’t been released, but two French police officials say a Syrian passport was found on the body of one of the suicide bombers.
Seven of the eight attackers died when they detonated bombs, and police say one was killed by security agents.
On Saturday, the city is still under a state of emergency, with any schools, museums, libraries, gyms, pools and markets remaining closed.
A concert by U2 scheduled for Saturday evening has been postponed. HBO had planned to televise their performance, but the band said in a statement that they will go ahead with the concert “at an appropriate time.”