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French police found an unencrypted, unlocked phone in a trash bin outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris that contained a text sent in the clear: “On est parti on commence.” (“Let’s go, we’re starting”).
This lead may have led French authorities to an apartment in Saint-Denis, where a Tuesday night shootout left two suspects dead, including the believed mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. The assault comes just days after last Friday’s Paris terrorist attack perpetrated by members of the Islamic State (also known as Daesh, ISIS, or ISIL) resulted in the murder of 129 people.
According to the French newspaper Libération, the police also located a map of the Bataclan on the same phone. However, authorities were unable to identify the recipient of the phone message.
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