French and Belgian authorities on Sunday tracked down people tied to the Friday night massacre in Paris, as world leaders called for a fierce crackdown on the monsters responsible for France’s deadliest attack in decades.
President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were spotted on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit in Turkey, huddled close for a private talk. The White House later said the leaders mulled over how to help end the civil war in Syria, which is likely connected to the bloodshed in the City of Lights.
Russia last month launched airstikes against insurgents fighting the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a conflict that spurred the mass migration of refugees from Syria to Europe. There has been speculation that some Paris attackers entered Europe with the hordes of refugees, a theory officials have denied.
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were seen huddled on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, with Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice and a Russian aide.
Seven people were reportedly detained in Belgium Sunday afternoon in connection with the series of shootings and bombings that left 129 dead and hundreds more injured. Those detentions also reportedly spurred a manhunt for a French suspect who is the brother of a man who died in the attacks and another man now in custody.
A Belgium official anonymously told The Associated Press of the detainments, giving no other details about them. The official also said two of the seven attackers who were killed in Paris during the Friday night massacre came from Belgium.
Mourners place flowers outside La Carillon restaurant, the site of one attack.
The detainments came the same day French officials held the family of suicide bomber Ismael Mostefai, a 29-year-old from France. French officials said the bomber’s father, brother and other relatives were being questioned.
Mostefai was already known to authorities for his ties to Islamic radicalism. Officials identified him by a severed finger found in the rubble of the Bataclan Theater, the site of the deadliest attack.
Authorities also closed in on a car found in the Paris suburb Montreuil, which was believed to have carried a group of gunmen who struck Paris restaurants. Investigators reportedly found a cache of weapons in the abandoned black SEAT Leon, about four miles from several restaurants. It is the second car authorities found that has been linked to the attacks.
French President Francois Hollande, right, and French former President Nicolas Sarkozy leave the Elysee Palace in Paris after meeting Sunday.
The pursuits came as world leaders demanded an intense retaliation to Islamic militants for the attacks that ravaged the heart of the French capital. The terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the night of horrors.
A car linked to the attacks was also found in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy appealed to president Francois Hollande to join Russia’s battles against Syria.
A camerman films an empty parking space where one of two cars used by Paris gunmen was found and removed by police in the Paris suburb of Montreuil.
“We are at war,” said Sarkozy, the country’s Republican party leader, in remarks calling for a “drastic change” in France’s national security after meeting with Hollande early Sunday.
As world leaders converged in Turkey for the G-20 Summit, President Barack Obama pledged solidarity with France, calling Friday’s assaults “an attack on the civilized world,” with victims hailing from multiple countries including Germany, the United States, Chile, Mexico and Spain.
Forensic investigators collect evidence and take pictures of a body outside the Petit Cambodge restaurant, where a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets during Friday’s rampage.
The gunmen opened fire at a sold-out Eagles of Death Metal concert and at the Le Carillon, Le Petit Cambodge and Casa Nostra restaurants, while seven suicide bombers blasted several sites around the City of Light.
A passport found near the body of one suicide bomber belonged to a man identified by Serbian police as “A.A.”
His path alongside thousands of Syrian migrants brought him to Greece on Oct. 3 before entering Paris on Oct. 7, officials said.
A third bomber with an Egyptian passport in his pocket was reportedly wounded during the blasts outside the stadium, where first responders found him alive and “moaning,” according to Le Pointe.
He died on the way to a local hospital, the paper said.
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With Stephen Rex Brown