Paris shooting: Bloodshed a possible prelude to wave of attacks in Europe, says paper

BERLIN (AFP) - The bloodshed in France could signal the start of a wave of attacks in Europe, according to communications by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria leaders intercepted by United States intelligence, German newspaper Bild reported on Sunday.

Shortly after the attacks in Paris, the US National Security Agency had intercepted communications in which leaders of the militant group announced the next wave of attacks, the tabloid said, citing unnamed sources in the US intelligence services.

Paris was cited as being the signal for a series of attacks on other European cities, including Rome, the newspaper said, adding however that a concrete plan of attack was not known.

The US services also had information that Cherif and Said Kouachi, the brothers who carried out the massacre at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, had contacts in the Netherlands, Bild said.

Seventeen people were killed in the attacks on the magazine, a kosher supermarket in Paris and the police. The three gunmen - the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly - were killed by French police.