Egyptian, Syrian and a French among the terrorists

A Syrian who passed as a refugee through Greece last month, an Egyptian and a known French extremist were among the eight terrorists who killed nearly 130 people in a bloody wave of suicide bombings and shootings in Paris Friday evening.
Islamic State on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attacks, which the French president, François Hollande, denounced as an “act of war” that must be countered “mercilessly”.

Greece’s citizen protection minister, Nikos Toskas, said separately that the owner of the Syrian passport had entered the European Union through the Greek island of Leros on 3 October, adding: “We do not know if the passport was checked by other countries through which the holder likely passed.”

French authorities said at least 128 people were killed and up to 300 more injured – including 80 critically – in the six attacks, France’s deadliest since the second world war and the worst witnessed in Europe since the 2004 Madrid railway bombings.

As police worked to identify the eight militants, all of whom died in the attacks, it emerged that at least one of the fighters, identified by his fingerprints, was a French national with known links to Islamist networks from the suburb Courcoronnes outside of Paris.

Investigators also told French media a Syrian passport, belonging to a man born in 1970, and an Egyptian passport had been found lying close by the bodies of two other jihadis, both of whom blew themselves up in the course of their attacks.