French fighter jets have launched “massive” air strikes against the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Syria.
France’s defense ministry says 10 jets dropped 20 bombs in the country’s largest air offensive since it extended its participation in the coalition air war in September.
Meanwhile, French police have kicked off an international manhunt for a key suspect in Friday’s horrific attacks in Paris.
— Police Nationale (@PNationale) November 15, 2015
The Police Judiciare are searching for one individual suspected of being involved in the the attacks of 11/13/2015 #ParisAttacks
France’s Police Nationale now says that 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam is a French citizen, is considered extremely dangerous, and warn people not to approach him.
Police also say they have arrested seven people with suspected links to Friday’s carnage, and are searching for more suspects.
French officials believe 24 people were involved in the attacks: 19 actual gunmen and bombers, supported by five others who helped plan the incident.
Death toll rises
The death toll from Friday’s Paris attacks is expected to continue rising.
As of 11am PT, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins gave the official number as 132 killed and hundreds more injured, 99 of those in a critical condition.
Canada’s Ambassador to France says at this moment, no Canadians have been reported dead.
#ParisAttacks: no Canadians reported among casualties to date. Thanks to the French authorities for their cooperation
— Lawrence Cannon (@lawrence_cannon) November 14, 2015
French President Francois Hollande has singled out the Islamic State group as being responsible for the attacks that targeted Paris, including a shooting at a restaurant and two explosions near a soccer stadium, where a game was underway.
“What happened yesterday in Paris and in Saint Denis is an act of war and this country needs to make the right decisions to fight this war,” Hollande said in a televised address.
“This act committed by the terrorist army, Islamic State, is against who we are, against a free country that speaks to the whole world,” he said.
“What happened yesterday in Paris and in Saint It is an act of war prepared and planned outside, with outside involvement which this investigation will seek to establish, it is an act of absolute barbarism (and) France will be ruthless in its response to Islamic State.”
Meanwhile, ISIS has released a statement online which was also carried by supporters on social media, claiming responsibility for the attacks.
“Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State,” the statement read according to a translation by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Officials say they believe all of the attackers to be dead, but the search for accomplices continues with Belgian justice minister Koen Geens telling a Brussels TV station that “a number” of suspects related to the terror attacks have been arrested in his country.
TIMELINE: How the events in Paris unfolded
With files from CBS and The BBC
Kelowna woman in the capital
Kelowna woman Cherie Hanson is staying in an apartment just across from the attacks in Paris.
“There were people screaming and crying out and saying in French, ‘Run! Run! And it went on for an extended period of time.”
Hanson says two wounded men were brought into her apartment, along with three heavily armed security police.
France closes borders
President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency for the entire country, and also closed all of France’s borders in order to prevent the criminals escaping.
President Obama offered his support to France, saying “We will bring these terrorists to justice”.