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More Than 150 Raids Conducted In France Overnight. France Launches Airstrikes in Syria. Trudeau Says Canada Will Still Play Active Role in Fight Against ISIS. Officers Investigating Arson After Peterborough Mosque Set on Fire. Tough Weekend For Toronto Sports Franchises.
More Than 150 Raids Conducted In France Overnight
Officers in France say they’ve identified the supposed mastermind behind the recent attacks in Paris. Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud is believed to be linked also to a thwarted attack on a Paris-bound speed train, and a church in Paris. Police have taken seven people into custody in connection to the attacks, with one suspect still at large, though Reuters says that he has been captured. Overnight, over 150 raids were conducted at various locations across France and a cache of weapons have been seized including a rocket launcher. 104 people have been placed under house arrest. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reaffirmed President Francois Hollande’s declaration that “we are at war” after launching “massive air strikes” over Syria. He also warned more attacks could be coming in the days ahead.
France Launches Airstrikes in Syria
France says it has launched massive air strikes against the Islamic State group’s de-facto Raqqa capital in Syria. A statement from the Defence Ministry on Sunday said 10 fighter jets dropped a total of 20 bombs. It’s the biggest strikes since France expanded its campaign to Syria in September. On Saturday, French President Francois Hollande said he would retaliate following Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris. A total of 129 people were killed in a series of co-ordinated attacks at 6 separate locations on Friday. The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack. A suspect believed to be involved in this weekends attack in Paris is on the loose, according to French authorities.
Trudeau Says Canada Will Still Play Active Role in Fight Against ISIS
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will still play an active role in the coalition fighting Islamic militants. Speaking to his fellow leaders at the G20 Summit in Turkey, Trudeau continued to affirm that he would not change his mind when it comes to withdrawing fighter gets against the Islamic State. On Friday, he condemned the terror attacks, and called ISIL a scourge. Trudeau also met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, amid pressure to reconsider his decision to withdraw Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets from the U.S.-led coalition bombing Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq. Fabius is at the summit, standing in for President Francois Hollande who has been meeting with security experts following Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris. Trudeau had earlier also re-affirmed his plan to accept 25,000 Middle Eastern refugees in Canada before the end of the year.
Officers Investigating Arson After Peterborough Mosque Set on Fire
Police in Peterborough are confirming a case of arson after a Mosque caught fire Saturday evening, Emergency services were notified by a neighbour who saw smoke coming from the Masjid Al-Salaam Mosque at 784 Parkhill Road around 11 p.m. According to Kenzu Abdellah, president of the Kawartha Muslim Association, the fire seem to be isolated to one corner of the mosque. Firefighters contained the fire to one area of the building, but smoke caused a lot of damage. Overall damage is estimated around $80,000. Peterborough Police released a statement Sunday saying the Ontario Fire Marshal had determined the fire was deliberately set. Abdellah says the suspicious fire is a shock to him, because members of the mosque have had a friendly relationship with the community. Officers don’t yet have a motive, and aren’t saying whether the fire is in any way connected to the recent terror attacks in Paris.
We condemn attacks on innocents & their place of worship. Citizens asked to come forward to us with any info on fire at Mosque.-Chief Rodd— Peterborough Police (@PtboPolice) November 15, 2015
Tough Weekend For Toronto Sports Franchises
The Maple Leafs have done it again – no, not finding the win column but giving up a late game goal. New York’s Matt Zucarello broke the three-all tie with just 54 seconds left to go on the clock, as the Rangers would go on to a 4-3 victory. Next up for Toronto is a date with Colorado at Air Canada Centre.
The Toronto Raptors also blew their 8-point lead in the fourth quarter last night. DeMarcus Cousins scored 10 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Kings to their third straight win, beating Toronto 107-101.
And in CFL action, Justin Medlock gave the Ticats a 46-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift Hamilton over Toronto 25-22 in the East Divisonal Semi. The Ticats will take on the Ottawa Redblacks next week in Ottawa. Out West, the Calgary Stampeders were 35-9 winners over the B.C. Lions. The defending champions travel north to Edmonton to meet the Eskimos next Sunday.