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Belgian police cordon off a street during a police raid in connection with the November 13 deadly attacks in Paris, in Brussels' Molenbeek district on November 14, 2015. Several people were arrested in Brussels on November 14 during police raids connected to the attacks in Paris, AFP Meanwhile, French fighter jets conducted a series of bombing raids against IS targets in Syria. MAIN PHOTO / BELGA / HENDRIK DEVRIENDT

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French warplanes pounded the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria on Sunday as the probe into the Paris assault spread across Europe with more suspects identified.

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France strikes IS in Syria as police hunt suspects

Nov 16, 2015, AFP – French warplanes pounded the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria on Sunday, in the first such strikes since a wave of coordinated attacks claimed by the jihadists left 132 people dead in Paris.

As the nation prepared to mourn the victims of the carnage in a minute of silence on Monday, a dozen warplanes dropped 20 bombs on IS targets in the Islamists' stronghold of Raqa, signalling the French government's resolve in its fight against the group.

The strike destroyed an IS command post, jihadist recruitment centre, a munitions depot and a "terrorist" training camp, the defence ministry said.

The air raids came after President Francois Hollande called the Paris attacks – the worst in the country's history – an "act of war" and vowed to hit back "without mercy".

This handout image, "appel a temoins" (call for witnesses), released by the French Police information service (SICOP) on November 15, 2015 shows a picture and description of Abdeslan Salah, suspected of being involved in the attacks that occured on November 13, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POLICE NATIONALE

As the probe into the assault spread across Europe, French police released a photograph of a "dangerous" suspect wanted over the attacks.

The suspect, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam said to be one of three brothers linked to the attacks, is also wanted by Belgium, which has issued an international arrest warrant for him.

He is believed to be either on the run or one of the gunmen who died during the attacks, security sources said. He lived in the poor immigrant Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek, where Belgian police made several arrests in connection with the Paris attacks. (CNN reports that man was actually stopped and questioned while driving from Paris shortly after the attack, but at that time, he was not yet linked to the attacks.)

Security sources said the wanted man's brother, 31-year-old Brahim Abdeslam, blew himself up outside a cafe on Boulevard Voltaire in eastern Paris, while the third brother is believed to be among seven people detained in Belgium.

Six other gunmen wearing suicide belts died during the attacks in the French capital – three at the Stade de France stadium and three at the Bataclan concert hall, the scene of the worst bloodshed.

The sports minister said at least one of the bombers who detonated their explosives near the stadium had tried to enter the venue where France were playing Germany in an international football match at the time.

People light candles at a makeshift memorial in tribute to the victims of Paris' attacks' on November 15, 2015 at the place de la Republique in Paris. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

As night fell over the jittery French capital on Sunday, crowds shocked by the brutality of the killings packed into the Notre-Dame cathedral to mourn the dead.

Prosecutors say they believe three groups of attackers were involved in the carnage, and they do not rule out that one or more assailants may still be at large.

It is now known that three of the suicide bombers were French nationals, two of whom lived in the Belgian capital Brussels.

In a further sign of the growing Belgian connection to the attacks, investigators said two cars used in the violence were hired in Belgium.

One was found near the Bataclan venue, and the other in the suburb of Montreuil east of Paris, with a number of AK47 rifles inside.

Witnesses said the second car, a black Seat, was used by gunmen who shot dozens of people in bars and restaurants in the hip Canal St Martin area of Paris.

Imam of the Drancy Mosque, Hassene Chalghoumi (R) attends an homage to the victims of a series of deadly attacks at the Grande synagogue de la Victoire on November 15, 2015, as French Jews and Muslims showed their solidarity against the terrorist attacks. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE

The first attacker to be named by investigators was Omar Ismail Mostefai, a 29-year-old father and French citizen, who was identified by a severed finger found among the carnage at the Bataclan, where 89 people were killed after heavily armed men wearing explosives vests stormed the venue.

French police detained six people close to Mostefai, including his father, brother and sister-in-law, judicial sources said.

Born in a modest Paris suburb, he had eight convictions for petty crimes but had never served a prison sentence.

Meanwhile, the discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one suicide attacker has raised fears that some of the assailants might have entered Europe as part of the huge influx of people fleeing Syria's civil war.

Greek and Serbian authorities have confirmed the passport was issued to a man who registered as a refugee in October on the island of Leros and applied for asylum in Serbia a few days later. (CNN reports that the attacker's fingerprints match those on immigration documents.)

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air raid (noun): an attack by a number of aircraft dropping many bombs on a place - การโจมตีทางอากาศ

armed : carrying a weapon - ติดอาวุธ

arrest : (of the police) taking someone under control (usually taking them to a police station) because they are believed to have committed a crime - การจับกุม

arrest warrant : a document signed by a judge allowing police to arrest someone - หมายจับ

assailant : someone who violently attacks another person - ผู้ทำร้าย

assault (noun): a sudden, violent attack - การทำร้าย

asylum : the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country - การลี้ภัย

at large : not having been caught by the police - ลอยนวล, ยังไม่ถูกจับกุม

authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

belt : a long narrow piece of leather, cloth, etc. that you wear around the waist - เข็มขัด

blew himself up (verb): exploded a bomb and killed himself -

bloodshed : a situation in which people are killed or injured, especially during fighting - การนองเลือด

brutality : extreme violence, especially when it is deliberately cruel extreme violence, especially when it is deliberately cruel - ความโหด, ความเหี้ยมโหด, ความอำมหิต

capital : the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง

carnage : a situation in which there is a lot of death and destruction - การทำลายล้าง, การฆ่าอย่างโหดร้าย

cathedral : a very large, usually stone, building for Christian worship - โบสถ์คริสต์ 

citizen : someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 

civil war : a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country - สงครามกลางเมือง

claim : to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง

command post (noun): the place from which a military unit is commanded - กองบัญชาการ

conviction : when someone is officially found to be guilty of a particular crime - การพิสูจน์ว่ากระทำผิด

coordinate : to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน

crime : an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม

de facto : in reality; in fact - อย่างแท้จริง, อันที่จริง, ตามความจริง

Defence Ministry (noun): the ministry that oversees a country’s armed forces - กระทรวงกลาโหม

depot : a building where supplies or vehicles are kept - คลัง

detain : to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

detained : kept in a place and not allowed to leave - กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง

discovery : an act or the process of finding somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before - การค้นพบ

document : a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type  - เอกสาร

dozen : a group of twelve of the same thing - หนึ่งโหล

explosives : substances or pieces of equipment that can cause explosions - สิ่งที่ระเบิดได้

fingerprint : a mark that you leave on something when you touch it, showing the pattern of lines on the skin of your fingers - รอยนิ้วมือ

flee : to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ

hip (adj): (informal) trendy; following or knowing what is fashionable in clothes, music, etc. - ตามแฟชั่น (คำสแลง)

hire : rent; to pay money for the use of something for a period of time - เช่า

homage (noun): something that is said or done to show respect for somebody - การคารวะ, การแสดงความเคารพ

identified (verb): named, searched for a discovered - ระบุ

immigrant : a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently - ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น

immigration : dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง

influx : a large number of people or things coming in to a place - การหลั่งไหล การไหลบ่า  (เข้าไปยังที่ใดที่หนึ่ง)

investigator : someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something, especially a crime or accident - ตำรวจฝ่ายสอบสวนคดีอาชญากรรม

involved (verb): taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง, มีบทบาท

issue : to officially announce or give out - ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง

issue : to officially give out - ออก

jihadist (noun): a fighter in a jihad, a holy war fought by Muslims to defend Islam - นักรบในสงครามศักดิ์สิทธิ์,

jittery : feeling nervous and upset, and sometimes being unable to keep still because of this - ที่กระวนกระวายใจ, ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ

judicial : relating to the courts of law - ในชั้นศาล

linked : connected - เชื่อมโยง

makeshift : used temporarily for a particular purpose - ซึ่งทดแทนชั่วคราว, สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว

match : to be the same as or very similar to something else - เท่าเทียมกันกับ, เท่ากันกับ

meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

memorial : a statue, stone, etc. that is built in order to remind people of an important past event or of a famous person who has died - อนุสรณ์

mercy : a kind or forgiving attitude towards somebody that you have the power to harm or right to punish - ความเมตตา, ความกรุณา

modest : fairly small - พอประมาณ ค่อนข้างเล็ก

mourn  : to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public - ไว้อาลัย, ไว้ทุกข์, เศร้าโศก

munitions : military weapons and equipment such as guns, bullets, and bombs - อาวุธ, อาวุธยุทธภัณฑ์, กระสุน

national : a citizen of a particular country - ประชาชน

neighbourhood (noun): a particular area of a city or town or other area - ละแวก, ย่าน

passport (noun): the official government document that people need to travel outside their own country - หนังสือเดินทาง

petty : small and unimportant - เล็กน้อย, ไม่สำคัญ, ไม่ค่าที่จะสนใจ

pound : to attack repeatedly - โจมตีต่อเนื่อง

prison : a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ

probe : an investigation - การสอบสวน

prosecutor : a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty - อัยการ

recruitment : the process of finding people to work for a company or become a new member of an organisation - การสรรหาใหม่

refugee : someone who leaves their country or living place, especially during a war or other threatening event - ผู้ลี้ภัย

registered (adj): to be on an official list; to be on an official list of names of people who are allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, sell something, stay in a hotel etc - ซึ่งลงทะเบียนไว้

release : to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use - เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว

resolve (noun): determination; how determined and strongly a person wants to do something; how much they want to achieve their goals - ความตั้งใจ, ความมุ่งมั่น

rifle : a large gun with a long barrel that you hold against your shoulder to fire - ปืนยาว, ปืนไรเฟิล

rule out : to stop considering something as a possibility - ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้

scene : site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ

security : the activities involved in protecting a country, building or person against attack, danger, etc - ระบบป้องกันภัย

sentence  : a punishment given by a court of law - การตัดสินลงโทษ

severed : cut off - ถูกตัด

shocked : very surprised and upset - ตกใจ

signal : to be a sign that something exists or is likely to happen - ส่งสัญญาณ

silence : complete lack of noise or sound - ความเงียบ

sister-in-law : the sister of your husband or wife. The brother of your husband or wife is your brother-in-law - พี่หรือน้องสะใภ้

solidarity : agreement between and support for the members of a group - ความเป็นน้ำหนึ่งใจเดียว ความสามัคคี

source : someone who gives information - แหล่งข่าว

spread : to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people - แพร่กระจาย, แพร่กระจายไปทั่ว

storm : to use force to enter a place and try to take control of it - บุกกระหน่ำ

strike : a sudden attack - การโจมตี

stronghold : bastion; an area where there is a lot of support for a political party  - ฐานเสียง, ฐานที่มั่น, ขุมกำลัง

suburb : an area or town near a large city but away from its centre - ชานเมือง

suicide : the action of deliberately killing yourself - การฆ่าตัวตาย

suspect : a person who is thought to have committed a crime - ผู้ต้องสงสัย

suspected : thought to have done something wrong - เป็นที่สงสัย

synagogue (noun): a building where Jews meet for religious worship and teaching - โบสถ์ของศาสนายิว

target (noun): an object that someone tries to hit or capture - เป้า

terrorist : someone who uses violence and fear in order to achieve something - ผู้ก่อการร้าย โจรผู้ร้าย

tribute : something that you do, say, or build to show that you respect and admire someone or something - การแสดงความเคารพ ยกย่องต่อ

venue : the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่

vest : a sleeve-less covering for the top part of your body -

victim : someone who has been harmed, injured or killed as the result of a crime - เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย

violence : physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

vow : to make a formal and serious promise to do something or to promise what you say is true - สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ

wave of attacks : a series of attacks that happen over a period of time -

witness : a person who sees something happen or knows about something - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์, พยาน


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