French authorities say they’ve identified one of the assailants in Friday’s vicious attacks in Paris, however one man believed to be directly involved in the attacks in on the run.
Ismael Omar Mustefai, 29, who died during Friday night’s attacks, was a Frenchman of Algerian descent.
He had been flagged by authorities five years ago for having links to Islamic radicals. He also had a history of petty crime.
A Paris prosecutor says Mustefai was identified through a fingerprint after his severed finger was found in the carnage at the Bataclan theatre.
A neighbour says that Mustefai’s father, brother, and other family members have been taken in for questioning.
Authorities say they have formally identified a suicide attacker at the national soccer stadium, and another who attacked a restaurant. The two men, ages 20 and 31, were both French nationals living in Brussels, Belgium. Their names have not been released.
Meanwhile, security officials say that a manhunt is underway for a French man believed to be involved in the attacks and who is now on the run.
The man, one of three brothers believed involved in the killings in central Paris, rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by a group of hostage-takers that left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan concert hall, one official said.
French police have issued a wanted notice for 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam. The notice warns that he is dangerous, saying “do not intervene yourself.”
So far, seven people have been detained in Belgium as France enters three days of mourning for the 129 people killed and more than 300 others wounded.
The attacks overshadow the G20 Summit in Turkey, where leaders held a minute of silence in honour of the victims of the violent attacks and other recent attacks around the world.