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viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm george howell. you're watching our special cnn coverage of the paris terror attacks. police confirm the man who organized friday's attacks is dead. abdelhamid abaaoud was killed in that massive predawn raid in saint-denis on wednesday. meanwhile, authorities are searching for salah abdeslam. he is the first national, often called the eighth suspect, possibly the only one who survived friday's attacks. jim sciutto has that story. >> reporter: an urgent manhunt is under way across europe as police continue to search for at least one suspected attacker, still at large and still dangerous. salah abdeslam briefly stopped by french police hours after the attacks, but then let go before authorities knew of his role in friday's deadly rampage. six new raids in belgium overnight, and hundreds more in france in recent days have
failed to catch it. >> translator: the republic is doing everything it can to destroy terrorism. >> reporter: french security service have netted perhaps their most dangerous suspects, abdelhamid abaaoud, the alleged mastermind, confirmed killed in a furious gun battle with police wednesday. >> translator: in the operation in saint-denis, there was a target and it was reached. >> reporter: tonight we're seeing chilling new video of the saint-denis raid just moments before police killed abaaoud. france is now working feverishly to prevent scenes like this one captured on cctv at the height of friday's attacks, obtained by dailymail.com. one woman saved here in front of the restaurant only because the terrorist's assault rifle appears to jam. today french lawmakers voted nearly unanimously to extend the country's state of emergency, giving police broad new powers to detain suspects. >> translator: we are at war.
and for us to remain ourselves, because that is what is in question, france must not lose itself to win this war. france must respond to hatred with fraternity. france will response to fanaticism with the hope of life itself". >> that was cnn's jim sciutto reporting. now i want to show you some disturbing security video. it shows in agonizing detail one of the attacks as a gunman riddled a cafe with bullets. our anderson cooper has this story. >> reporter: it's just after 10:34 p.m. bullets fired into a cafe this the 11th district in paris. three angles of the cafe's security cameras captured the mayhem. this video was obtained by dailymail.com. patrons scramble as bullets riddle the small restaurant. a woman dashes in and takes refuge behind the bar. another huddles under tables. behind the bar two workers dodge
bullets. another patron from outside soon joins here, and both stay as close to the floor as possible. within seconds, one terrorist is visible. he is seen on the upper left side of the screen. he approaches the cafe, continuing to fire. small wisps of smoke seen coming off his rifle. but it's this moment that stands out. the gunman runs towards the cafe, seemingly ready to enter, and then stops and looks down to his right. it's obvious something has caught his eye. he points his rifle straight down, but the gun doesn't fire. maybe it jams. maybe he sought of ammunition. he then moves away off camera. seconds later, we learn what he was aiming at. he was aim agent a woman. she was miraculously spared. she stands up, then runs. her would-be shooter is still somewhere nearby. then another patron, another likely victim stands and runs as well. the attack ends as quickly as a it began. all told, the video lasts less than a minute. anderson cooper, cnn, paris.
>> the attacks in paris have only further complicated the refugee crisis that is engulfing europe. on thursday, the french prime minister spoke about the terrorists using the crisis to slip into france. listen. >> translator: i think these individuals took advantage of the refugee crisis, notably of this chaos, maybe for some of them to slide through. others were already in belgium. others i remind you were in france. they organized this. >> the prime minister also had very strong words for other european countries as well. saying they must do better and take more responsibility when it comes to protecting their own borders. in the united states, some lawmakers have successfully put a pause on more syrian refugees entering this country. the how many times says no refugee may enter without certification by homeland
security. and now that bill heads to the senate. meanwhile, u.s. presidential candidate donald trump, he is weighing in, suggesting that a database be used to keep track of muslim immigrants in the united states. listen. >> that tracks the muslims here in this country? there. >> should be a lot of systems beyond a database. there we should have a lot of systems. and today you can do it. >> is that something your white house would like the do? >> oh, i would certainly implement that. absolutely. >> specifically, how do you get them registered into a base? >> it's good management. but you to do good management procedures. and can do that. >> would you go to a mosque and sign the people up? >> different places. but it's all about management. >> donald trump there talking about management. migration from south america is also fueling some fears and concerns in the u.s. honduras is expected to five syrian men detained for traveling with fake greek
passports. but the men have not been linked to terrorism. cnn's rosa flores has the story. >> reporter: five syrian men thrusting a small central america country into the international spotlight when their greek passports didn't pass the smell test. the men arrived here at tegucigalpa airport. authorities say interpol alerted them about a group of syrians traveling with false documents. and sure enough, the syrian five flew in tuesday night. arriving with the stolen and altered greek passports, say officials. the pictures updated with their personal photographs and used to hop from syria to lebanon, turkey, brazil, argentina and costa rica before arriving to honduras. the finding alarming, given intelligence that one of the paris attackers had a doctored greek passport belonging to a
syrian refugee. the worry nexus to terrorism. the destination of the five syrians the officials say the united states. this human rights worker says at least two of them wanted to go to guatemala. regardless, the journey would require crossing territories belonging to the ruthless ms-13 gang and the vicious mexican cartels. and that's a risk these men were probably ready to take. right now they're being held in this small jail cell by national police. but hear this. immigration authorities say they found no nexus to terrorism, that instead these men were simply fleeing persecution. two of the syrians are fairly sick, vomiting and with fever. the other three are depressed buzz of the news associating them with terror, says human rights officials. >> they've told you we've been
trying to escape isis. the violence. they're trying get away from that. that's why they're here. >> reporter: a honduran immigration official says they are not linked to terror, and four were students. and while syria is thousands of miles away from latin america, their case is not an isolated one, according to authorities. in paraguay, one syrian national was arrested with a fake greek passport last week. three others were arrested in st. martin this week. and in laredo, texas, two syrian families turned themselves into immigration authorities. turning the spotlight of the war they're escaping a world away to the front steps of the united states. rosa flores, cnn tegucigalpa, paris. now become to the reaction
in paris where there is a great deal of reaction after the raid that took place in saint-denis. let's bring in fred pleitgen who is live on the french streets of the french capital. fred, so what more do we know about this raid that took place? >> well, there is certainly a lot of new information that is coming out. and a lot of it, george, has to do with the intelligence that actually led to this raid. one of the interesting things, of course, was the u.s. intelligence services, but also the french, which is even more important, thought that actually abdelhamid abaaoud was of course the ringleader, apparently of the plot that took place here last friday, and is also one of the ones who was killed in saint-denis. they believe he was either in syria or iraq. but it turns out of course he was inside france, he was in saint-denis inside that apartment. now the intelligence that led to that came apparently from the moroccan intelligence service who have been tracking abaaoud. and they are the ones who tipped off the french. apparently the french found out that he was indeed in france,
that he was in paris, and that he was in that northern suburb of paris, saint-denis around november 16th. so three days after the actual attacks happened. we've been reporting since the raid that the apartment that these terrorists were in was under surveillance for about 24 hours. that's a pretty short time for them to make a move. but that is because they feared the police, that a second attack could be imminent by this terrorist cell. and they say they believe they got there just in time. the raid itself, of course, george, as we've been seeing, a very violent affair with that female suicide bomber who allegedly was the cousin of abaaoud, blowing herself up before the police then moved in with some pretty heavy ordnance, george. >> and in that video you hear her before that explosion. it is disturbing video, no doubt. fred, what is the reaction among people there in paris, among
french citizens about the fact that this raid took place. >> well, first of all, they're absolutely shocked at the intensity of the raid. i was down in saint-denis in the past couple of day, sort of assessing the situation there. and you could really feel that the folks there on the ground, it is a working class neighborhood. quite a rough neighborhood in some places. but of course most people there are absolutely shocked that they would have had terrorists in their midst. and especially then also that you would have had an operation going on that was as violent as the one that we saw there. i mean, you heard on that video from the scene, her saying he is not my boyfriend. and then blowing herself up. and then that massive firefight occurring after that happened that is something that has shocked many people here on the ground. but then of course you also have the debates that are going on afterwards. there are many people who are, of course, very relieved that the ringleader has been killed. that abdelhamid abaaoud has been killed in that raid. but of course there is also the questions, could there have been
more that could have been done in the way of intelligence to find out that this man was here, to track some of the other cell members. remember, there is a lot of cross border activity that happened between france and belgium. many asking is that something we could have stopped? and then of course there is the reaction as far as the legislative branch is concerned. and today a very key day as the upper house of parliament will vote on a measure that could put in place these emergency measures for another three months. everybody believes that is indeed what is going to happen. and that's something that really is going to change the gym for a lot of security services here in the country. it will make them easier here for them to detain people. it will make it easier for them to conduct wiretapping. and those emergency measures in the past couple of days have already led to well over 100 raids in this country, and have led to the police and the security forces getting their hands on everything from drugs to weapons to even a rocket launcher in one place.
and those measures, most people here believe will be extend. and that certainly is something that is of course to be seen in the wider context of those attacks that happened exactly one week ago here in paris, george. >> our senior international correspondent fred pleitgen live in paris, france. fred, thank you so much for your reporting there. now let's turn to belgium, where authorities have been conducting multiple raids around brussels. they are searching for more information about bill hafti. ivan watson now joins us from brussels. what more do we know about these raids? >> well, they took place throughout the day on thorough. we haven't gotten updates since then. since at least nine people were detained for questioning. what is happening in brussels is an extraordinary session of interior and justice ministers in response to the paris
attacks. to discuss strengthening security measures. and let's just give you an example that is right near us. one of the measures that belgium has taken, george, is deploying soldiers in the streets of the capital. and in some other cities. it's a measure that they have adopted in the past last january when another isis plot was foiled by belgian security force that was linked to belgium's most notorious isis militant and extremist, abdelhamid abaaoud. who was of course killed in the raid in saint-denis on the outskirts of paris. now the ministers of interior in paris are gathering a number of things on the table, trying to improve communication, trying to strengthen europe's external borders. and also trying to push forward this plan for a passenger name record which would help presumably to get identities checked as people fly and travel
on trains within the internal borders of the european union. one of the interior ministers of belgium complaining to journalists just moments ago that this measure has been blocked in the european parliament in the past. and, of course, opening up the debate about personal civil liberties versus security within the european union. george? >> talk us to just a bit more, though, if you could, ivan, about this eu meeting that is happening of eu ministers, talking about tightening border security. do you get a sense that that will be the main topic that is discussed? and what are the reactions to that? >> well, of course, because as belgian investigators have explained to me, there were a number of people that they were searching for of belgian origin, suspects in the paris attacks who they had international
arrest warrants for, but they were believed to have traveled to syria. and they only discovered that these suspects were back in the european union after the paris attacks took place. so the raids that took place on thursday here, one of the suspect's, bilal hafdi, he blew himself up in the paris attacks. they didn't know he was in the european union. he smuggled himself across a european union border and then presumably was able to move around within the european union without having to submit his passport. he was able to evade until he was part of this deadly conspiracy that killed so many people. so one of these discussion points. how do you protect within the european union. and how do you strengthen borders that tens of thousands of people have been flowing across over past months. that's a real discussion point here. meanwhile, it's important to note, george, that there are
mixed opinions, particularly in some of the communities where some of the militants were recruited from, where they were radicalized. in the neighborhood of molenbeek, it's a brussels neighborhood. even though we're here in the heart of the european union, there were some voices that came out after the death of abaaoud saying they were saddened by his death. and it shows you where some of the pools of recruitment are coming from jihad dis, though others came out condemning him. take a listen to some of these different opinions. >> translator: leave islam alone. leave the prophet alone. each with his own religion. christian vass their own religion. muslims have their own religion. and stop talking in a bad way of mohamud. stop killing people in the middle east, and there won't be any terrorists anymore. and if you keep going, the terrorists won't stop. >> i don't have any feeling about his death. i think so it was the kind of person who looks for these
things. they terrible things. and that's it. but i am not going to cry about his death. that's for sure. >> translator: i grew up in islam. i never saw a single verse in the koran that said you could go blow yourself up in front of innocent people and kill them like that. we were all emotional. we were all shocked. and i hope this won't happen again. >> belgium a small country. it's still struggling with radicalization and the fact that it has more volunteers per capita joining the ranks of groups like isis in syria than any other western country. george? >> ivan watson live for us. ivan, thank you so much for your reporting there. you're watching special coverage here on cnn of the paris terror attacks. be right back after the break.
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correspondent ben wedeman has this report. >> reporter: guns in poses outside the vatican. extra police have been brought in to guard a holy city, now in the crosshairs of isis' unholy war. a recently released online isis video entitled paris before rome features an unidentified speaker mentioning the conquest of rome. as the forces of the so-called caliphate spread from iraq westward. st. peter's square was featured on the cover of dabiq, ice says ace online magazine. since the paris attack, security has been beefed up across italy. but since isis has made so many threats against rome, and the vatican itself, this is where much of the security is being focused. the level of alert is being upgraded and police are now in
rapid response mode. one thousand members of the italian army have been deployed around the country. leaving the vatican, these tourists aren't at all concerned. but they're from northern ireland. >> what can you do? you can't hide under a stone. you just have to get on with it. >> reporter: while others from scotland notice a difference. >> notice any security at the airport? >> coming here was so stressed. >> it was much stricter. i think that everywhere they're really tightening up, you know,ed on what they're doing. >> even seeing the policemen with guns everywhere. >> reporter: the italian police were already preparing for a busy year, beginning december 8th, rome will host millions of additional tourists, taking part in a jubilee year declared by pope francis. jovan any.
>> during the jubilee, we'll be very busy. the army and other security agencies will also be here so we'll have a maximum synergy in the event of an emergency. u.s. embassy here has warned that st. peter's basilica, among other sites has been identified as a potential terrorist target, and has advised americans to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. then again, to steal a line, you can't just hide under a stone. ben wedeman, cnn, rome. >> you're watching cnn newsroom. and we are following new developments in the paris terror investigation. still ahead, we take a look at how authorities managed to track down the man who organized last friday's attacks. stay with us. [announcer] when you see this truck,
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. you're watching our special coverage of the paris terror attacks. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. the belgian man who planned friday's massacre in the french capital may be dead. but authorities say there is still a great deal of work to be done. we are just learning that police have surveillance video showing abdelhamid abaaoud on the metro on the nights of the attack. meanwhile, authorities are still searching for salah abdeslam, a french national often called the eighth suspect in this. a source says the search abdeslam is extending to the
netherlands. dutch ministry reports deny that. dutch police stopped him on his way to belgium after the attacks but let him go because they hadn't connected him to the terror plot. sources tell cnn the woman who blew herself up during wednesday's raid in saint-denis has been identified as hasna aitboulahcen. you can hear police confront her just seconds before she blew herself up. [ gunshots ] >> neighbors say the police have taken the woman's mother and brother in for questioning, and they are searching the mother's home in a northern paris suburb. the french prosecutor says fingerprints helped identify abdelhamid abaaoud, killed in wednesday's saint-denis raid. cnn national editor nic
robertson has more on how police found him. >> reporter: 4:20 a.m. on wednesday. an elite french police unit closes in on an apartment building in the paris suburb of saint-denis. intelligence, wiretaps, bank transfers have led them do to this low income neighborhood. their target, this man, abdelhamid abaaoud, the suspect ringleader in a string of terror plots. police make their way to the third floor. but an explosive charge fails to open the security door. a ferocious gun battle erupts and continues for an hour. three people are quickly arrested. but there are now still two or three people inside, including a woman. they throw grenades. police fire 5,000 rounds into the apartment. after the scene quiets down, police send in an attack dog named diesel to check for signs of life. diesel is shot dead. a police sniper shoots one of
the terrorists inside. injured, he continues the fire back. a police officer shouts to the woman. "where is your boyfriend?" she yells back "it's not my boyfriend." then a loud explosion. police say the woman detonated a suicide vest. but it's several more hours before the police can enter the building where they find a scene of carnage. two men are detained. but there are the remains of two or even three bodies inside. french forensic experts race to discover whether abaaoud is one of them. but amid the carnage have to move slowly. more than 24 hours pass before the prosecutors officer in a two-line statement says the bullet-ridden body is abaaoud's. >> translator: among the six attacks that have been avoided or foiled since spring of the year, abaaoud seems to have been involved in four of them.
>> reporter: a victory against terrorism. but many questions remained. the french had no idea that abaaoud was back in europe, had slipped across the borders undetected. it was tip from moroccan intelligence that led to french to believe that abaaoud had left syria and was back to begin a campaign of terror. the question for france now, and for all of those on this don continent, are there any more like abaaoud who slipped into europe? nic robertson, anyone, paris. >> and we're learn much more about the ringleader of last friday's terror attacks. as we reported, abdelhamid abaaoud was killed in that raid on wednesday. and now we are hearing about his family relationships. cnn's erin burnett spoke with nathalie galat, the attorney representing his father.
and according to galat, he believes his son was a psychopath and is now relieved that his son is dead. >> yes. he was relieved because he knew already in the last month that his son was linked to all the terrorism acts which happened in europe. he was afraid. to learn that his son abdelhamid abaaoud had maybe again permitted something horrible. >> france is now vowing to defeat isis and is sending additional military assets into the middle east to make good on that promise. cnn's ian lee joins us now from cairo, egypt with the latest on these air strikes, ian, that have been hitting the city of raqqah, the de facto capital there for isis, as they call it. talk to us about the reaction to
these increased air strikes. >> reporter: well, definitely they've been having an impact on the city, on isis there, george. we're hearing from the syrian observatory for human rights that essentially, it's hard to find isis on the street because of this intensive bombardment of the city. they are laying low. the family members of the senior leadership has been involved to mosul and neighboring iraq. and that's what we're hearing from the observe story. but they're also saying that any civilians who want to get out of raqqah, want to flee, the only place that they're allowed to go is mosul as well. we're hearing the family members, when they were moving, they were trying to keep a low profile. their release of other civilians allowing them to go to mosesle is likely the cover anyone trying to make there way to mosul.
but it is showing there is quite the impact. although seven civilians have been killed, according to raqqah is being slaughtered silently. but these attacks, while they are going after isis headquarters, isis weapons deep po, isis training facilities, civilians have also been caught up in it. >> read an article talking about that. and it described being under isis control in the ground, and then having these air strikes daily, just as a hellish situation for civilians that are caught up in the middle of this. ian, can you also talk to us just about the situation here from europe, even in the united states, the debate about how to take in the migrant situation, the refugees who are looking to leave syria, and questions about whether other arab countries, people are asking, you know, why aren't they seeing more arab countries step in to this effort? >> well, you really got to breck
into it two groups, george. you have on one hand, there are the arab countries that are really shouldering a lot of the refugees. and these countries are like lebanon, jordan, as well as here in egypt. where a lot of syrians have fled. a lot of the ones that have come here to egypt, they're ones that are a bit more well off, ones that can afford to set up new life. the ones we see in lebanon and jordan are ones that are really just fled at a moment's notice. but then you have the other group, the people the gulf states where they haven't taken in any refugees, that they have given money to the refugee situation. they have given money to help the refugees in other countries. but they have been reluctant to take them in. they've got these gulf countries have said that they do w have some refugees in their countries. but these are people that are typically there working before this war started. they're allowed to remain there and continue to work. but we haven't seen them bring
in the massive influx of refugees that we've seen taken into europe where we see the hundreds of thousands of refugees going and trying to make there way there. we have seen some from the gulf side, at least, them being very reluctant to open their doors. and there has been a lot of criticism of saudi arabia in particularly as saudi arabia has the facilities to house over a million people. this is a plays has the hajj, that hosts the annual pilgrimage. and they have tents and facilities to house about a million people. so there has been criticism there of why saudi arabia hasn't opened its doors to bring in the refugees and put them up there. >> ian lee live for us in cairo, egypt. thank you so much for your report ing there. so far china has been noncommittal on how it would assist the global fight against isis. and it has avoided specific support of air strikes against the militant group in syria.
we'll see that f that changes now, now that isis has murdered its first chinese hostage. beijing is now vowing to bring isis to justice. cnn's matt rivers reports. >> reporter: it is the first chinese citizen captured and killed by isis as the terror group now says it has executed fun jing wei. nasa of his capture was first announced in november when this picture was published in dabiq. fun's picture was posted along a 48-year-old the group also claims to have executed. they claimed both men were for sale, demanding cash for release. the norwegian government has condemned the killing, saying it doesn't pay ransoms for fear of
causing more. president xi jinping said he strongly condemned the islamic state for the death of the hostage. china opposes any form of terrorism. the government has also promised a practicedown on terrorism and justice nor this victim. despite the death, though, it's highly unlikely china will join the counterclockwialition led b and russia. neighbors say they hadn't seen him in a long time. in a radio interview in tw21. he described himself as a drifter, eager to explore the world. but how did he get captured by isis and how was he killed? neither isis nor the chinese government have said as it remains a mystery. matt rivers, cnn, beijing. >> you're watching cnn special rovrj of the terror attacks in
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we are back with our special coverage of the paris terror attacks. i'm george howell at the cnn center in atlanta. these attacks left 129 people dead one week ago. most of the people died at the bataclan concert hall. survivors were held hostage for hours until a s.w.a.t. team rescued them. lester holt from the american news agency nbc news talked to the man who led that raid. listen. >> we took position at the entrance of the theater, and then we discover like a hell on earth. i mean more than 7, 800 people were laying on the floor. nobody was screaming. in the last door, we approach the door, and suddenly one of
the terrorists on the stage, we don't know, asked us to go backward. so i tried to speak with them. and he told me that he want to negotiate. so i said okay, give me a phone number. as soon as we opened the door, the terrorists, one of the terrorists shot like between 25 to 30 rounds of ak-47 bullet. so 7.62 caliber. >> and that's it? these are the holes? >> exactly. again, in the middle of the group get hit in the hand. so he fell down because of the pain. >> within of your officers was hit? >> yeah, in the middle of the group. the first thing we saw the guy shooting. and a lot of maybe 20 between the shooter and us. we cannot shot at that time because it was too risky. at the end of the hallway, we found the two terrorists. it was like a dead-end for them. and the first one blew himself with an explosive jacket. the second one tried to do the
same, but he gets shot by the two first officers. >> they were both wearing suicide vests? >> exactly. >> and one went off. >> blood everywhere. for us it was so intense, the assault. the bullets, the explosion, all that stuff. we're still very focused on what we did, to be honest. and maybe half an hour after, we saw what the other environment and was very, very tough. we stood together. we came back to the office and spoke together until maybe 7:00 in the morning. and maybe going to be some trouble for some of us in the next weeks or something. but for now, so far it's still okay. >> but you saved a lot of lives. >> i think so. >> despite the raid in saint-denis and despite the terrible attacks that happened a week ago, christmas markets are opening in paris in defiance of friday's terror attacks. but amid the candy canes and the
toy soldiers, you find armed security guards, armed security forces on patrol in the city. our senior international correspondent atika shubert visited the city's shopping markets to gauge the mood there. >> life is returning to not quite so normal here in paris. we're on the champ-elysees. there are armed police patrolling, looking out for any threats. even disney has its own private security, checking even the smallest customers coming inside. security doesn't bother me at all, seeing all the security around has comforted her. the christmas market in paris has only just reopened, as you can see, with extra security to assure parisians that they're on high alert. police also on patrol. as we walked, we also saw a troop of cars streaming by, promoting the new wine with
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the eiffel tower there to remember the dead and to mark this terrible tragedy in france. welcome back to our continuing coverage here on cnn. i'm george howell at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. we will go live to paris shortly. but first, there have been so many developments in the investigation, it is easy to forget that these attacks happened just seven days ago, and it's important to shift the focus back to the victims, the 129 people who lost their lives. they were loved, and their families and friends are trying to keep the world aware of that. cnn's lynda kinkade has the story.
>> reporter: she was from mexico. she had studied tourism and had been living in paris for about five years. in the city of love, the 27-year-old became engaged. her fiance making the announcement just last month on facebook. but on friday night, she was gunned down while working at the restaurant le bell equlabelle equip. her hometown is now in mourning. >> i think the worst thing that can happen to parents is to lose a child. and losing a child abruptly like her in the prime of her life. >> reporter: at just 22 years of age, mathias was a talented bmx rider. he and his girlfriend, who
worked in public relations were both killed at the bataclan theater. they were celebrating their fifth anniversary. his friend, four-time flatland bmx world champion, math dandois paid homage on facebook. rest in piece, mathias, rest in peace, mary. she worked at a fashion house in paris and was attending a friend's birthday party . she had been living in paris six years. she was a ph.d student at the sorbonne, one of the world's oldest universities. on friday night at the bataclan theater, she was with her boyfriend, his sister and a friend. as they tried to escape, valerivaleria
was shot dead. her parents flew to paris to bring their daughter's body home. >> translator: our daughter in her being daughter, person, citizen, scholar, i could go on about a thousand facets she had, she was a wonderful person. we will miss her so much, and she will be missed, i'd say even by our country. people like her are important people. >> lynda kinkade, cnn. >> with that, we thank you for watching this hour of special coverage of the paris terror attacks. i'm george howell. next we go live to paris with my colleagues hala gorani and john berman standing by with the very latest from the french capital. our coverage continues after the break. you're watching cnn.
welcome everybody to the viewers in the united states and around the world. we continue our special coverage in paris. i'm hala gorani. >> i'm john berman. we are standing on the champs elyllis. we have new details of the ring leader and architect of the attacks in paris. >> it is really stunning, according to the source close to the investigation. abdelhamid abaaoud was seen, we understand on cctv footage