French Authorities Collect More Evidence In Wake Of Paris Attacks

| by Jared Keever

Police in Paris say that they have found a cell phone believed to have belonged to one of the attackers at the Bataclan concert hall during the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks.

The phone contained what is described by the Daily Mail as a “chilling” text message that read, “OK, we’re ready.”

The phone is believed to have been found in a trash receptacle outside the concert hall where 89 people were killed by gunmen who later blew themselves up. 

The phone also contained detailed plans of the concert hall, according to the Mirror.

Police are reportedly confident that the phone belonged to one of the attackers, but are not yet sure which one. 

Seven gunmen and suicide bombers died in the coordinated attacks that killed at least 132 people throughout Paris on Nov. 13.

Authorities had nine people in custody as of Nov. 17, and they continue to search for suspects, reports Reuters. 

Officials have identified one as Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is believed to have been among a team of gunmen who opened fire on diners sitting outside. One of Abdeslam’s brothers was also part of that team and blew himself up at the scene. 

As the search for other suspects continues in Paris, authorities carried out a Nov. 18 morning raid on an apartment in the St. Denis suburb of Paris.

A female suspect died after detonating a suicide during the raid, authorities told Reuters. Police arrested at least seven others. 

Officials said police were searching for Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian Islamist militant believed to have been the mastermind of the Paris attacks. 

It remains unclear if he was among those arrested. 

"A new team of terrorists has been neutralized," Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told Reuters. "This commando could have become operational."

Sources: Daily Mail, (2) / Photo credit: Joe deSousa/Flickr, Police Nationale via Reuters