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Victims Mourned As France Investigates Paris Attacks

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France has entered its second day of mourning following coordinated attacks claimed by ISIL killed at least 129 people.  Mourners lit candles and laid flowers on Sunday at the locations of the attacks across Paris, standing in silence as police investigators elsewhere in the country launched a search for the attackers’ accomplices.

Stepping up their hunt for information, authorities found several AK47 assault rifles in the back of an abandoned Seat car in an eastern suburb of Paris. Witnesses said the car, found in Montreuil, was used by attackers at multiple locations on Friday night, the AFP news agency said.  Earlier French police identified Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old Paris native, as one of the attacker.

Mostefai’s detached finger was found overnight at the Bataclan concert hall, the scene of the bloodiest attack.  The French citizen had been known to police for his alleged links to armed groups but had not been previously linked to violent activities. Police are also holding six of the man’s relatives. French authorities believe the attacks were planned abroad by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, but have not yet confirmed the identities of others involved.

ISIL purportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks shortly after the incident but has also not revealed the identities of the attackers. Investigators in France, Belgium, Greece and Germany are trying to identify the seven attackers and their accomplices. In Belgium, police arrested several people over their alleged links to the attacks. Koen Geens, Belgian justice minister, said those arrested were detained in connection with a grey Volkswagen Polo that was rented in Belgium but found near the scene of the attack.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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