International community condemns Paris attacks, Europe beefs up security

2015-11-15 04:27:16 GMT2015-11-15 12:27:16(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- One day after terrorist attacks claimed 129 lives in Paris, messages continued pouring in from across the world as security measures were heightened up across Europe.

Portuguese outgoing Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho sent his condolences to the family of the victims, expressing his "deep sorrow and dismay" over the tragedy.

Austrian President Heinz Fischer called what happened as "indescribable brutality." "It is unimaginable and incomprehensible, the type of brutality and cruelty and inhumanity that has been expressed," he said.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto Saturday voiced his hope that the attacks in France could lead to "the great powers finding a common enemy."

Talking to the national broadcaster Yle after a joint briefing with the government, Niinisto said that in the wake of the tragedy a clear thought could be formed about a joint effort to repel terrorism.

Greece's political leadership and ordinary citizens across the country vehemently condemned the terrorist attacks.

The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos called his French counterpart Francois Hollande to express condolences over the deaths and the injured in Friday's attacks.

Across the Atlantic, Chile announced on Saturday that three of its citizens died in the series of terrorist attacks in Paris. Meanwhile, the Mexican government also announced that two Mexicans were killed in the attacks.

Many countries beefed up their security measures in wake of the attacks. Austria said security precautions are to be ramped up in its capital Vienna.

The measures will involve "all sites that are of importance" and in particular those have significant French or other international characteristics.

Germany, in the mean time, has taken the necessary measures to ensure public safety, which includes increasing control of the train and air traffic to and from France.

Cyprus said on Saturday that security measures on the eastern Mediterranean island have been strengthened.

A statement by the Police said security forces have been placed on alert and competent authorities are in close touch with foreign embassies and international organizations.

At the ATP World Tour Finals to kick off in London's O2 Arena on Sunday, organizers said enhanced security measures will be deployed. No food or drink will be allowed into the arena itself and all bags will be searched.

Eastward, countries surrounding Russia which saw over 200 deaths after one of its passenger flights crashed recently in Egypt also enhanced vigilance against possible strikes.

Azerbaijan said it had tightened security measures to "guarantee safety of people and prevent possible violations" in the country.

Meanwhile, the father and brother of the formally identified French attacker in the Paris Bataclan theater hostage-take Friday night were arrested in France, French TV BFMTV reported Saturday night.

This followed four arrests made in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Saturday afternoon.

According to Le Monde newspaper in France, investigators hope to trace a gang of attackers who may have fled to Belgium.

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