BREAKING: France retaliates, drops 20 Bombs on IS stronghold Raqqa


French fighter jets are reported to have dropped 20 bombs on the Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, reports Britain’s Sky News.

The planes hit a jihadi recruitment centre, training camp and arms depot run by the group, according to the French defence ministry.

“The raid including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped,” a statement said, adding that the mission had taken place on Sunday evening (local time).

The operation was carried out in coordination with United States forces.

The bombing raid follows Friday’s terror attacks which left 132 people dead in the French capital.

IS fighters said they carried out the gun and bomb attacks on busy bars, restaurants and a music venue. President Hollande learned of the attacks while watching his country take on Germany in a friendly at the Stade de France.

Meanwhile, according to ABC online, an international manhunt has also been launched for an eighth suspect, believed to be the only surviving terrorist of the Paris attacks.

His bodyguard is seen whispering into Francois Hollande’s ear 15 minutes into watching France take on Germany.

Paris hospitals have said the official number of dead remains at 129 people, and not 132 as reported earlier by AFP news agency.

Mr Hollande was immediately escorted upstairs to a secure area where he was briefed to the full extent of the situation before being scrambled away to a secure location.

Yesterday, he condemned the Paris attacks as a ‘cowardly act of war carried out by ISIS barbarians’.