Paris attacks at a glance: Wednesday’s developments – CNN

NEW: An ISIS video released Wednesday warns of an impending attack on New York. The video purports to show an explosive device being put together and a bomber zipping his jacket over a suicide belt.

• Three young men on scooters — one of whom wore a T-shirt bearing “an ISIS symbol” — stabbed a Jewish teacher in Marseille, France, Wednesday evening, prosecutor Brice Robin said. The assailants insulted the teacher, threatened to kill him and stabbed him in the stomach, arms and legs, the prosecutor said. The attackers carried a phone with a photo of Mohammed Merah, who was responsible for a series of 2012 attacks on soldiers and schoolchildren in Toulouse and Montauban. They fled the scene, and police are looking for them, Robin said.

The investigation and Wednesday’s raid

• The shootout in Saint-Denis began at 4:20 a.m. and lasted nearly an hour, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Wednesday. At least two people died, he said. Neither has been identified.

• Seven men and a woman were detained in Wednesday’s raids, Molins said. That tally is one higher than the one previously provided by authorities.

• The suicide bomber who blew herself up during the Saint-Denis raid has been identified as a cousin of Abaaoud, Belgian state broadcaster RTBF reported. CNN has not verified the report, but earlier Wednesday, a Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN that before the raid, a wiretap conducted by French and Belgian authorities led them to believe Abaaoud’s female cousin was in an apartment in Saint-Denis.

• A phone thrown into a garbage can outside the Bataclan theater contained a text message saying the attack was about to begin, Molins said. Authorities are trying to determine who the message was sent to, he said.

• The raids focused on two apartments on the same street, a Paris police source told CNN. The raid on one group led to a raid on another group, the source said. Witnesses reported hearing sustained gunfire about 4:30 a.m., and a CNN reporter said she heard five or six explosions at the scene, but it wasn’t clear if the explosions were controlled or otherwise.

• Investigators will use DNA analysis to determine whether Abaaoud was killed in the raid, a Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN. A French commando team used powerful munitions to neutralize suspects, resulting in the collapse of an entire floor of the building. In the rubble, investigators found body parts, the source said.

• Two suspects from the Saint-Denis raids, both of whom required surgery for arm injuries, are being treated at a hospital in Bobigny, France, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.

• Five police officers were injured and a police dog was killed, police said.

• Authorities overnight in France conducted 118 searches, took 25 people into custody and confiscated 34 weapons, the French Interior Ministry said. Authorities also found narcotics in 16 instances, the statement said.

• French police are analyzing a video that shows two gunmen and perhaps a third person inside a black SEAT automobile that has been tied to the attacks, French media reported.

• The Paris attacks aren’t the first time fugitive suspects Saleh Abdelsalm and Abaaoud have been linked. They were both convicted in 2011 of the same theft and each served a month in jail, Belgian Federal Prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said.

The scene in France

• A bomb squad destroyed a suspicious package at the Gare du Nord terminal. It was not an explosive device, but the train station was briefly evacuated.

• On Wednesday evening, French President Francois Hollande will introduce legislation that would extend France’s state of emergency for three months.

• Two Air France flights headed for Paris — one from Washington Dulles International Airport and the other from Los Angeles — were diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Salt Lake City, respectively, after bomb threats, officials say. Both flights have been searched and declared safe.

• The traditional opening of the Christmas lights in Paris, slated for Wednesday, was canceled because of the Friday terrorist attacks, organizers said.

Around the globe

• In the latest publication of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine, the terror group includes a list of the latest attacks for which it claims responsibility, including the downing the Russian passenger plane in Sinai, the suicide attacks in Lebanon, and the attacks in Paris.

• Thirty-three ISIS members have been killed by French and other military airstrikes in the last 72 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, said Wednesday. “Dozens of ISIS leaders and their families” are moving from Raqqa, ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital, in northern Syria, toward the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Observatory said.

• Turkish authorities detained eight Moroccan men believed to be linked to ISIS. They had flown from Casablanca, Morocco, to Istanbul, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. They were deported, back to Casablanca, police told CNN.

• Muslims worldwide have taken to social media using the hashtag #NotInMyName to condemn the Paris attacks.

• Eagles of Death Metal, the band performing in the Bataclan concert hall when gunmen stormed in, killing at least 89 people, wrote on Facebook they are grieving for lost colleagues. They also thanked the U.S. and French police and governments for their coordination, “proving once again that love overshadows evil.”

• As a growing number of U.S. governors said they didn’t want Syrian refugees in their states, President Barack Obama criticized them, saying he “cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for (ISIS).” Speaking at the State Department, CIA Director John Brennan said it’s important for the U.S. to strike a balance between accepting refugees fleeing Syria and maintaining security safeguards so that terrorists cannot exploit the resettlement program.

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