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10:57 AM, November 18, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:35 AM, November 18, 2015

Paris attacks: Video 'shows ninth attacker'

French security sources say that surveillance video shows a possible ninth assailant during Friday's attacks in which 129 people died.

The video reportedly shows a third figure in the car carrying the group which attacked several bars and restaurants.

It is not clear if this ninth attacker is one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or is on the run.

The so-called Islamic State (IS) group has said it carried out the attacks.

The attacks also left more than 400 people wounded, with 221 still in hospital, 57 of them in intensive care.

European countries are on high alert. On Tuesday evening, a football friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled shortly before kick-off and the stadium in Hanover evacuated after "concrete" information about a bomb threat, according to the city's police chief.

Part of Hannover railway station was also closed while a suspicious object was investigated.

Earlier on Tuesday, police searched premises they believe were used by the attackers.

A car rented by Salah Abdeslam, the suspected eighth gunman who is now the subject of an international manhunt, is also being inspected.

The Belgian-registered black Renault Clio was found parked near Montmartre in northern Paris.

Investigators believe the car may have been used to bring the attackers to and from Belgium, from where French authorities say the attacks were organised.

Either Salah Abdeslam or his brother Brahim, named as another attacker, are thought to have rented a flat and two hotel rooms.

Images on French media of one of the hotel rooms being examined show syringes and tubes which could be bomb-making equipment.

Salah Abdeslam is believed to have fled across the border to his native Belgium. Belgian police have released more pictures of him.

French police have also appealed for help to identify a man whose image has previously been circulated as one of the attackers who died at the Stade de France stadium.

A Syrian passport in the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad was found next to him, but authorities believe this was a fake.

As well as the attackers themselves, investigators are also reported to be focusing on a Belgian of Moroccan descent who is described as the possible mastermind of the attacks.

Abdelhamid Abaoud, 27, lived in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of Brussels, as did two of the attackers, and is now believed to be based in Syria, where he has risen through the ranks of IS.

In response to the attacks, France said it launched fresh raids on IS targets in Syria on Tuesday evening.

Ten French warplanes targeted IS's Syrian headquarters in Raqqa, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French TV.

Russia has also stepped up its attacks on IS targets in Syria, dispatching long-range bombers and firing a volley of cruise missiles.

The strikes follow a statement by Russia's security chief that a bomb brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt last month, killing all 224 people aboard.

On Wednesday President Francois Hollande is due to present plans to extend the state of emergency declared after the attacks by three months.

Other measures proposed by Hollande include:

  • Changes to the constitution to allow the government to revoke citizenship of any convicted terrorists of dual nationality. Currently only those born outside France and later naturalised can lose their citizenship
  • Measures to speed up the expulsion of foreign nationals considered a threat to public order
  • Budget increases and extra recruitment to security forces and judiciary

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