France says it has launched massive air strikes against the Islamic State group’s de-facto Raqqa capital in Syria.
A statement from the Defence Ministry on Sunday said 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs. It’s the biggest strikes since France expanded its campaign to Syria in September.
On Saturday, French President Francois Hollande said he would retaliate following Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris.
A total of 129 people were killed in a series of co-ordinated attacks at 6 separate locations on Friday. The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
A suspect believed to be involved in this weekends attack in Paris is on the loose, according to French authorities.
Officers in Paris released a photo of the fugitive on Sunday, identified as Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels. He’s suspected of renting a car that delivered the attackers to the Bataclan concert hall, where at least 89 people died. Police say he’s one of three brothers involved in the massacre, one other brother was arrested in Belguim, the other died in the attack.
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At this time, officers have identified three of the bombers as French citizens. An official in Belgium says two of the seven people wired with suicide vests were French men living in Brussels, and among those arrested was another French citizen living in the Belgian capital. French police say one suicide attacker identified by a skin sample was believed to be living in the Paris suburbs before the attacks.
Paris remains in a state of emergency and mourning period. Reporters on the ground say many Parisians are ignoring requests by police to stay indoors as they mourn and pay their respects.