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tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight" from paris. the international manhunt right now. the race to catch the suspected eighth attacker. the explosions heard as teams converge on this neighborhood. terry moran is there. an act of war tonight. hundreds of raids and arrests across france and belgium. the president of france declarin declaring, "we're at war with isis," sending in aircraft carriers, just as new images emerge from inside the concert hall before the attack, and then after. the threat to america. the new isis video tonight, praising the attacks here in paris. and now threatening a major american city. the head of the cia saying, paris should be a wakeup call. pierre thomas tonight with the video. and coming to america, or not. the refugee backlash now in the
u.s. did one of the paris attackers slip through, posing as a refugee with a passport? now, the list of governors back home in the u.s. saying, refugees should not be allowed in america. good evening tonight, from paris, where this country has declared war against isis. this evening, the air strikes, the aircraft carrier soon on the move. and the dramatic scene playing out, as authorities thought they were zeroing in on that eighth attacker. it is believed he played a central role in the attacks, armed and dangerous, authorities warning the public not to intervene. his brother believed to be one of the suicide bombers. s.w.a.t. teams today converging on a neighborhood in brussels, surrounding a town some authorities have said has virtually been turned over to the islamic state. also, a major development involving the threat to america. a new isis video praising the paris attacks, and promising an attack on washington, d.c. is coming. our team analyzing that video
for you tonight, but first, abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran in belgium, as he heard what sounded like explosions, with investigators racing to catch the suspected attacker, still on the run. >> reporter: police moved in quickly, cordoning off the street, surrounding an apartment building, scaling rooftoops. they warn neighbors to stay inside, away from windows. then -- they moved in. but their target was gone, and tonight, the manhunt continues for the gunman who got away. 26-year-old salah abdeslam. suspected of being one of the shooters that hit cafes and restaurants in paris. police say he fled paris friday night. they found the cars he'd rented. one left outside the theater. the other abandoned in this suburb. then, driving a third car with two other passengers, he headed toward belgium, stopped by police at a road block on saturday morning, but not detained. and they made it across the border. the two other people in that getaway car, picked up by police later, now charged with
participation in terrorism. and the fugitive's brother, also detained, but later released, saying today, he had no idea that both his brothers, one died during the attacks, were terrorists. "they were normal brothers," he said. this gritty neighborhood, molenbeek, a breeding ground of terrorism. while we were on the streets here tonight, we spoke to one man, he didn't want his face shown, who told us, many of the young here are radicalized. three of your neighbors went to syria? >> yeah. >> reporter: today, a french police union is even saying that isis has taken over here. and that the belgian government has lost control of this neighborhood. david? >> terry moran in belgium tonight. terry, thank you. we're going to turn now to the fast-moving investigation under way right here in paris. french president hollande today saying france is at war, vowing to destroy isis. hollande wants the state of emergency in france extended for months now. french war planes conducting air strikes on isis targets, and an aircraft carrier on the move
next. tonight, what they're planning, as new video now emerges of the attacks here. the joy, just before it all turned dark. for the first time, the moments before paris was forever changed. these photographs now emerging from inside that concert hall. taken from the stage before the attack. so many smiling faces, their hands in the air. and now we know what would come next. the gunfire breaking through the music. we're also getting our first look at this video of the immediate aftermath. sirens blaring, voices crying out. two officers peering through those doors. president obama saying today the u.s. had no intelligence this attack was coming. >> there were no specific mentions of this particular attack that would give us a sense of something that we
need -- that we could provide french authorities, for example, or act on ourselves. >> reporter: while here in france, president hollande stood side by side with students in a moment of silence across the country. a short time later, in front of a joint session of parliament, he declared, france is at war with isis, calling for an extension, he now wants a three-month state of emergency here in france. saying today, the attacks were, quote, planned in syria, organized in belgium and perpetrated in france. tonight, this country continuing its military response, from those air strikes overnight, thanking america for providing assistance, to sending a warship, an aircraft carrier to the eastern mediterranean on thursday, right off the coast of syria. the world now watching as that international manhunt plays out. the alleged eighth attacker on the front pages of newspapers across the globe. a massive anti-terror crackdown across france. these images of officers entering a building, detaining a
man. 168 police raids in all. 23 arrested. computers, hard drives seized. 31 weapons found, among them, kalashnikovs, bullet-proof vests, even a rocket launcher. 104 people tonight under house arrest here in france. as you travel through paris, all of the places where the carnage unfolded. and today, we learned, there were 19 different nationalities among the dead. a survivor today holding his blood-stained ticket from the concert. maricia payne showing photos she took on her cell phone inside the concert hall, with friends standing this close to the band. she hid in the dark inside a closet for three hours. >> all we could hear at that point was a stampede of people running and screaming, gunfire and thuds, which could only be people hitting the floor, their bodies hitting the floor. >> reporter: and we met roman renuel, who lived near two of the restaurants targeted. he told me it was his responsibility to be there with the victims who were dying. why did you kneel down beside them?
>> what could i do? ignore them? just do what you can. you're not a doctor. you can't help. you can just show feelings to people, don't let people die alone. so, you do what you can do. you just watch, you just try to ease pain, but what can you do? >> sensing it was his responsibility. meantime tonight, the french prime minister now saying he doesn't want to scare the french people, but he does want to warn them, saying he believes more attacks are coming. wanting to make sure everyone is aware, he said. and british prime minister david cameron saying they have foiled seven terror attacks in the uk in just the last six months alone. as they hunt now for that alleged eighth attacker, considered very dangerous, another major reveal tonight. the so-called mastermind behind this whole attack. authorities say he was behind the highly coordinated attacks across this city. tonight, the leading theory, where and how the mastermind assembled that team of attackers and delivered the deadly orders.
and we have new information on the passport discovered, as authorities grow more certain that one of the attackers used it to pose as a refugee and slip into europe. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross on what we're learning now about the alleged mastermind. >> reporter: he is only 27, but he's risen rapidly through the ranks of isis to mastermind some of their biggest terror plots in europe. in this propaganda video, abdelhamid abaaoud asks, is there anything better than jihadism? than martyrdom? officials believe he planned the paris attacks from isis headquarters in syria. carrying out the direct orders of top isis leaders, who have set up a new unit to launch terror attacks in the west, with recruits separated into brigades but their nationality and language skills. >> this was planning a complicated operation, infiltrating trained personnel to do it and pulling it off across borders. >> reporter: the isis mastermind sent one of its attackers from syria, posing as a refugee,
presenting this forged passport to greek officials just five weeks ago, and then making his way across europe to paris. other attackers were hand-picked in the mastermind's hometown in that brussels neighborhood of molenbeek, where he traveled often. narrowly escaping a police raid just this past january before he returned to syria, where he is believed to be tonight. >> the mastermind selects and trains and motivates the suicide bombers, but he never kills himself. >> and brian, french authorities say they had no advance warning of these attacks, but you are learning tonight, several of those killers were on the radar of french authorities? >> reporter: that's right, david. at least two of the young men were well known to french intelligence as possible isis recruits. one of them had actually been charged with terror-connected crimes but allowed to remain free, and the government, david, clearly lost track of both of them. david? >> brian ross with us again tonight. brian, thank you. tonight, the nation's top security experts studying the new threat from isis.
the 12-minute video, praising the attacks here in paris and now vowing to strike washington, d.c. next. america's top spy, cia chief john brennan, warning, isis very likely has other terror operations in the pipeline. and the new york city police chief revealing what concerns him most. those matching suicide belts worn by the attackers. tonight, across the nation's capital, images of beefed up security. and what we're now learning about how the attackers may have gone undetected. did a video game help them go dark? abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas analyzing the new threat to the homeland. >> reporter: french police in a shootout, exchanging gunfire with terrorists outside the bataclan concert hall. three hours of terror. isis quickly claiming credit for it all, saying paris is only the beginning. and in this video, isis issues a warning to america. an attack on the nation's capital is coming. "as we struck in france in the center of its abode, in paris,
then we swear that we will strike america at its center, in washington." >> we are always at a heightened level of security because of our locale. >> reporter: the cia director says the attacks in france should serve as a wakeup call for americans. >> their agenda is to kill. pure and simple. >> reporter: across the country, security is being ramped up. there's a heavy police presence in times square. and new york city's police commissioner said today that isis tactics in the paris attack deeply concern him. >> the idea that all of them, all of them were equipped with these suicide vests. >> reporter: u.s. officials are also worried that the killers in france may have used encryption technology to hide their computer and cell phone communications. so-called going dark. and new tonight, belgian officials suspect the killers in france also used gaming systems like playstation to communicate offgrid. even though there's no specific credible isis threat to the homeland, the fbi is intensifying surveillance of their suspected sympathizers in all 50 states.
more than 70 prospective supporters of isis arrested in the last two years alone. some with deadly intentions. security stepped up across this city, and there are more than 900 terror investigations across the country, as we speak. david? >> pierre thomas with us tonight. pierre, thank you. and tonight, france dramatically intensifying its air strikes against isis. retaliation, of course, for the deadly attacks here. bombing targets in syria, the isis stronghold of raqqah. but tonight, many are now asking, why weren't those targets being hit far sooner? abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz now. >> reporter: the response from the french air force has been strong and swift. french fighter jets pounding targets in the isis stronghold of raqqah, bombing an isis command post, training camp, recruiting center. but this is not a real increase in bombing. these are isis targets that may have already been on a list or strike package for weeks.
so, why not strike when they were first on the list? >> they would wait for them to be populated, to have a class there in training, to have a group there being recruited. >> reporter: but when paris was attacked, the u.s. stepped aside and let the french go after the targets as retaliatory strikes. it's not known whether there were isis fighters inside. as for the overall military strategy, nothing is changing. the president adamant about not adding combat ground troops. >> we have the right strategy and we're going to see it through. >> reporter: isis is believed to have between 20,000 to 30,000 fighters and oil fields that generate about $40 million per month. >> and martha is with us now live. martha, the u.s. aircraft are now attacking new targets? >> reporter: well, for the first time, the u.s. targeted isis fuel trucks, david. more than 100 of them, used to smuggle oil to finance military and terrorists operations. but those, too, have been on the target list for awhile, as well. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. martha, thank you.
we're going to turn now to that moment on the football field, and concern over muslim backlash in america. nfl teams paying tribute to victims in paris on sunday. the moment of silence before the lions/packers game ruined by a fan shouting an anti-muslim remark. star quarterback aaron rodgers upset by the comment, speaking out after the game. >> that kind of prejudicial ideology that, i think, puts us in the position that we're in today. >> rodgers saying he was disappointed with the fan, calling the comment, quote, very inappropriate. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" from paris. and when we come back tonight, the growing debate over syrian refugees in the united states. should they be allowed to come to america? we want you to weigh in on the debate. also tonight, the tornado in the last 24 hours, and now a major system hitting 30 million americans in the next two days. a wintery blast expected tonight into tomorrow. we'll have the latest.
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finally tonight here, the eiffel tower has now been lit up to honor, to remember the victims here in paris. and paying tribute, right there at the eiffel tower tonight, were so many americans wanting them to know we care. on our way to the eiffel tower, driving through paris, we noticed the famed ferris wheel lit in the blue, white and red of the french flag. as we get closer to the tower, a reminder of how tense this city is, the officers on patrol. but when we arrive, the tower lit up in the colors of this country, and right in the shadow of the eiffel tower, the americans paying tribute. michelle selene moved her family here just two months ago from california. she of course remembers 9/11 in the u.s., and now the terror attacks here. >> back then, we were on our way to work. over here, we're on our way to sleep. and two days, it just completely turns you inside out. we have to continue on with life. we can't hide. we can't stop our lives. >> reporter: and andy and julia hawthorne from austin, texas.
they were here to celebrate her 40th birthday. they were at the top of the eiffel tower friday night when they learned of the terror attacks. >> we were at the top when we heard about it. >> reporter: the top of the tower? >> top of the tower. yeah. and the news -- all our family members began to end us text messages, are you safe? are you safe? and we didn't know why. >> reporter: tonight, as they prepare to go back home to texas, they wanted to return to the eiffel tower, lit up. it was a beautiful sight there tonight. and thank you for watching here on a monday evening. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. from all of us here at abc news, good night.
are tour buses safe enough? what we're learning about the bus that crashed in san francisco, injuring seven people. the hunt for the man suspected of planning the paris terrorist attacks. and what is being done in the bay area to beef up security. the new investigation into a beating and what officers could be facing. >> i a ton of pictures ash the tour buses. mechanical failure seemed to have caused the tour bus crash that injured several people. good evening, they're reviewing something that may have kept the chp from inspecting that bus. six people are in critical
condition. melanie woodrow reported that the brakes failed, information one city leader is conpirming tonight. melanie? >> reporter: i just received a statement from the ceo, saying the company insuspects it's buses over 45 days or less, and the last time that bus was inspected is october 25th. the california public utilities commission says it was not on file with them. that is why the chp never inspected the bus that crashed. >> is it safe to get on a city sight seeing tour bus today? >> i don't think i would confidently tell a tourist that these vehicles are safe now. >> not safe says jane kim, in part because the bus that crashed on friday was not on file with the state.