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20 Things to Know About the Paris Terrorist Attacks (Monday Update)

20 Things to Know About the Paris Terrorist Attacks (Monday Update)
A Police officer removes an Eiffel Tower figurine left among candles and flowers in memory of the victims of friday's attack as he clears a parking entrance near the Bataclan concert hall on November 16, 2015 in Paris, France. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 16 November 2015 12:03 PM

Terrorists connected to the Islamic State (ISIS) attacked multiple venues across Paris on Friday night, killing nearly 130 with explosives, guns, and other weapons.

Gathered below are 20 things reported so far about the nature of the attacks, who carried them out, and how the West has reacted.

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1. Six attack sites — The national stadium, a crowded concert hall, and several restaurants were targeted in Friday's terror attacks. Three teams of terrorists targeted six sites across Paris.

2. Casualties — A total of 129 people have died as a result of the attacks as of Monday, with 352 wounded, including 99 who are in serious condition. Seven attackers were killed Friday.

3. State of Emergency
— A total of 1,500 troops were deployed across Paris streets on Friday night following the attacks.

4. The mastermind French authorities on Monday identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian national who is the son of Moroccan immigrants, as the chief suspect in Friday's attacks in Paris. He is also suspected of having ties to an attempted attack on a high-speed, Paris-bound train that was thwarted by American passengers, as well as a thwarted attack on a church in the Paris suburbs. After fleeing Belgium, Abaaoud is suspected of operating out of Syria, USA Today reported.

5. The leader — French national Salim Benghalem likely worked with Abaaoud to plan and coordinate the attacks. At 35 years old, he was raised in the Paris suburb of Cachan. In Syria, he trains French citizens to become ISIS killers.

6. Samy Amimour, Paris-born, detonated a suicide bomb — "Investigators believe he was one of the three men to attack the Bataclan music venue where 89 people were killed," Agence France-Presse reported. Amimour, 28, was radicalized in France, and traveled to Syria two years ago, according to his family. French prosecutors said he was previously charged with terrorist offenses "after an abortive attempt to travel to Yemen."

7. Omar Ismael Mostefai died carrying out the attack — The 29-year-old was identified via fingerprints on a severed finger found at the Bataclan music venue, NBC News reported.

8. "Ahmad Almohammad" suicide-bombed victims near the Stade de France — A young man carrying a Syrian passport in the name of Ahmad Almohammad, 25, was part of the attack on the soccer stadium on Friday. According to NBC News, the man's real identity has not yet been confirmed as Almohammad.

9. Bilal Hadfi died attacking the Stade de France
— Hadfi was one of three men who died in a suicide bombing near the soccer stadium, Express U.K. reported

10. Brahim Abdeslam blew up a restaurant
— Abdeslam, 31, detonated his explosive suicide vest inside a busy cafe on Boulevard Voltaire, according to Express. He is described as a Belgian-born French national. 

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11. Mohammed Abdeslam was questioned and released
— A lawyer said Monday that Brahim's brother, Mohammed, was arrested, questioned, and released in Belgium, according to the BBC.

12. Manhunt for Salah AbdeslamNBC News learned that a third Abdeslam brother, 26, signed rental car papers for one of the vehicles used to carry out the attacks. He is at large and has been described by French authorities as "dangerous."

13. Raids made by French authorities
— Police made nearly 170 raids of suspected and potential terrorists overnight Sunday, AFP reported. The raids took place across the country, including in Toulouse, Grenoble, Bobigny, and Lyon.

14. Arrests made, weapons seized
— "23 arrests, 31 weapons seized in raids after Paris attacks," AFP reported via Twitter on Monday. A rocket launcher and Kalashnikov assault rifle were among the weapons seized.

15. House arrests — "France put 104 people under house arrest since Paris attacks," according to the interior ministry, AFP reported Monday. 

16. Raids made in Belgium
— Molenbeek, a poor quarter of Brussels that is home to many immigrants, was raided on Sunday and Monday, with several arrests reported, according to NBC News.

17. French Air Force bombed ISIS HQ, Raqqa, Syria, on Monday
— "Targets included a command center, recruitment center, ammunition storage base and a training camp. There's been no information on casualties or any damage assessments," according to CNN.

18. Islamic State has carried out foreign terrorist attacks before
— The Syria and Iraq-based group claimed responsibility for bombing a Russian airplane that killed 224, it is believed to have killed 44 in a suicide bombing in Beirut, and is believed to have conducted a suicide bombing in Sana'a, Yemen, according to Politico.

19. Islamic State has foreign terror capabilities
— Islamic State has tens of millions of dollars, tens of thousands of fighters, and thousands of foreign fighters, Politico reported. Al-Qaida had less than 1,000 fighters when it carried out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, an operation estimated to have just $500,000 in direct costs.

20. All 50 states have active investigations of potential Islamic State followers — House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul told Fox News on Monday morning that, "We've arrested over 70 ISIS followers in the United States over the last year. We have active investigations in all 50 states and over 900 active cases against potential ISIS followers."

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