Paris attacks: Concert gunman was French, known to have Islamist ties: source

A cordoned off area at the site near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov 14, 2015.
A cordoned off area at the site near the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov 14, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

Paris (AFP) - One of the gunmen who died after attacking a Paris concert hall on Friday had French nationality and was known to have ties with Islamist militants, a source close to the inquiry into a series of deadly attacks in Paris said on Saturday.  

The same source said that the gunman’s body had been identified by his fingerprints and that he was from the Courcouronnes suburb south of Paris.  

Earlier, sources close to the investigation said that a Syrian passport had been found near the body of one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up near a Paris soccer stadium in one of the other attacks.  French media also said that an Egyptian passport had been found near the body of a second suicide bomber at the site.

 

Paris police have also put out an alert about a black Seat car, with a foreign numberplate - GUT 18053 - and five-spoke alloy wheels, reported the BBC. The vehicle is wanted in connection with the attacks.

Members of the public were advised not to approach the vehicle.