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France Hunts 2nd Fugitive Linked to Paris Attacks

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PARIS:(APS)Nov 17,2015—French officials said late Tuesday 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 an analysis of the series of attacks on November 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 – in attacks that killed 129 people and injured more than 300 others.

A team of gunmen also opened fire at a series of nightspots in one of Paris’ trendiest neighborhoods, officials said.

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

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the Islamic State group “will feel even greater pressure” in the coming weeks as the United States, France and other allies increase their efforts against the militants who claimed responsibility for the deadly Paris attacks.

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Kerry spoke in Paris after meeting with French President Francois Hollande and discussing different ways in which their governments can be more effective in battling the Islamic State group in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris.

Hollande will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington Nov. 24 to discuss ways to ramp up efforts to target the Islamic State group, according to a White House statement Tuesday.

Combined efforts

The two leaders will discuss U.S. efforts to assist in France’s investigation of the attacks and further cooperation among the U.S.-led, anti-IS coalition, the White House said, adding, “This visit will underscore the friendship and solidarity between the United States and France, our oldest ally.”

“We are absolutely committed to increasing our efforts in every degree possible – and thoughtfully, carefully,” Kerry said.

“My sense is that everybody understands that with Lebanon’s attacks, with what’s happened in Egypt, with Ankara, Turkey, with the attacks now in Paris, we have to step up our efforts to hit them at the core where they are planning these things, and also obviously to do more on borders and in terms of the movement of people,” he added.

He also highlighted recent gains, saying the militants now control only a quarter of Syria’s northern border and that he is “confident the momentum will pick up.”

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