2nd stadium in Germany city is evacuated

PARIS (AP) – The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

9:35 p.m.

French police are circulating a photo of one of the suicide attackers who targeted the French national stadium in Paris last week and asking for information from anyone who recognizes him.

National police published a photo of the suicide bomber on its twitter account Tuesday. A total of seven attackers died in the Nov. 13 rampage, but only five have been publicly identified so far.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks that left 129 dead and over 350 wounded Friday night in Paris.


9:25 p.m.

Brahim Abdeslam, 31, a suicide bomber who blew himself up outside a Paris cafe on Friday, did a short prison term in Belgium for stealing official identity cards.

His former defense lawyer, Olivier Martins, told The Associated Press the cards “sell for a lot of money to people who want to remain on Belgian territory.”

Abdeslam, a French citizen, was arrested in 2003, admitted to stealing and reselling 10 or so of the cards and spent a month in prison. Martins said he got him released, and by the time the case came to court in 2010, his client had turned his life around and the judge let him go.

Abdeslam had opened a small restaurant and “appeared to be on the right road.” But Martins sensed problems. He says Abdeslam was “a kind, courteous, polite person … who was very, very fragile and very easily influenced.”

An international manhunt is on for Abdeslam’s brother Salah, 26, who is also believed linked to the deadly Paris attacks.


9:10 p.m.

A second stadium in the northern German city of Hannover has been evacuated.

Concert-goers had been waiting for the band “Soehne Mannheims” to play.

Hannover’s chief of police says authorities received a warning about a possible bomb threat shortly before the start of a soccer friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands in the main Hannover stadium. The stadium was evacuated and the game was canceled.

Police chief Volker Kluwe told German public broadcaster NDR that the alleged threat involved the “detonation of explosives in the stadium.” He says the “key warning reached us about 15 minutes before the gates opened.”

Germany’s national soccer squad said the team was taken to “a safe place” by police.

Kluwe encouraged people in Hannover to go home, stay away from stadiums and not move about in large groups.

Germany’s interior minister was holding a news conference later Tuesday on the twin evacuations.


8:55 p.m.

France’s defense minister says 10 French fighter jets are carrying out new airstrikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria.

Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the jets have carried out new raids Tuesday evening. Speaking on TF1 TV, the French defense minister said France will have 36 fighter jets in the region capable of carrying out airstrikes on IS targets once the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier reaches the zone.

The carrier embarks from Toulon on Thursday.


8:15 p.m.

Hannover’s police chief says authorities have cancelled a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands because they had “concrete information” about a bomb threat.

The German news agency dpa quoted police chief Volker Kluwe saying the information concerned an explosives attack. The stadium was evacuated by police about an hour and a half before the kickoff Tuesday night in the northern German city.

Top government officials including Chancellor Angela Merkel had been scheduled to attend the match to send a signal that Germany wouldn’t bow to terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks.


7:45 p.m.

With a police helicopter whirring above and armed officers on patrol, soccer fans are flowing into London’s Wembley Stadium before a friendly match between England and France four days after the deadly attacks in Paris.

The atmosphere was calm on a wet and windy evening and supporters appeared intent on sending a defiant message of unity after at least 129 people died Friday night in attacks on the French capital.

England fan Robert Williams, wearing a beret and holding a French flag, says “tonight is more about solidarity than football … it is about remembering the people that have lost their lives in such tragic circumstances.”

Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron were to be among the near-80,000 spectators at English football’s national stadium.


7:30 p.m.

The soccer stadium in Hannover, Germany, is being evacuated and stadium loudspeakers say the game has been cancelled.

The stadium was hosting a match between Germany and the Netherlands. Many top German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were scheduled to attend the match to show they will not bow to terrorism.


6:45 p.m.

German police have released seven people arrested near the western city of Aachen in connection with the investigation of the Paris attacks.

The dpa news agency quotes an unidentified police official as saying checks found that none had links to the attacks.

Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had earlier told reporters authorities acted on a tip that one of those arrested might be a key suspect, “but sadly it’s not the man that everyone hoped it would be.”


6:40 p.m.

Germany’s top security official says a Syrian passport found with one of the Paris attackers may have been false flag intended to make Europeans fearful of refugees.

Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, told reporters in Berlin that it was “unusual that such a person was faithfully registered in Greece, Serbia and Croatia, even though we’re usually pressing for registration to take place and lament that it isn’t always done properly.”

He said the multiple registrations by a person using the passport were “evidence that this was a trail that was intentionally laid, but it can’t be ruled out at the moment that this was an IS terrorist who came to France…via Germany as a refugee.”


6:00 p.m.

Germany’s top security official has downplayed possible links between arrests near the western city of Aachen and the investigation of the Paris attacks.

Police said SWAT teams arrested a man and two women in the town of Alsdorf on Tuesday after authorities received a tip from the public that the man might be Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect sought in the attacks. Police later arrested two more persons in the town.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told reporters in Berlin that it wasn’t clear how the people might be linked to the Paris attacks, if at all, “but sadly it’s not the man that everyone hoped it would be.”

Austrian authorities say Abdeslam entered Austria from Germany on Nov. 9 – four days before the attacks – with two companions.


5:40 p.m.

French officials say they are seeking a second fugitive directly involved in the Paris attacks.

Three officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide details about the ongoing investigation, said Tuesday that an analysis of the series of attacks on Nov. 13 indicated that one person directly involved was unaccounted for.

Seven attackers died that night – three around the national stadium, three inside the Bataclan concert venue, and one at a restaurant nearby. A team of gunmen also opened fire at a series of nightspots in one of Paris’ trendiest neighborhoods.

French and Belgian authorities have issued a warrant for one person, Salah Abdeslam, whose brother was among the attackers. The officials say the second fugitive has not been identified.


5:25 p.m.

Leaders in the U.S. Senate are gathering at the Capitol to sign a condolence book for the citizens of France following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called France the United States’ “longest ally and friend.”

Gerard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United States, says the French people have been very moved by the compassion that Americans have shown.

He says France and the United States are not only allies, but are friends, unfortunately facing the same threat.


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