EUROPE ON HIGH ALERT
• FRENCH HUNT FOR FUGITIVE • SERIOUS BOMB THREAT IN GERMANY
France’s defence minister says 10 French fighter jets are carrying out new airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group targets in Syria.
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the jets have carried out new raids Tuesday evening. Speaking on TF1 TV, the French defence minister said France will have 36 fighter jets in the region capable of carrying out airstrikes on ISIL targets once the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier reaches the zone. The carrier embarks from Toulon on Thursday.
Meanwhile, French police are hunting for a second fugitive directly involved in the deadly Paris attacks, officials said Tuesday, as France made an unprecedented demand that its European Union allies support its military action against the ISIL group.
French and Belgian police were already looking for a key suspect, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, whose suicide-bomber brother, Brahim, died in the attacks Friday night that killed at least 129 people and left over 350 wounded in Paris. ISIL militants have claimed responsibility for the carnage.
French warplanes are shown bombing operational sites at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s Syria stronghold Raqqa. Tuesday marked France’s third consecutive day of airstrikes against jihadists.