Zuma attends G20 summit overshadowed by Paris attacks

Most of the leaders attending the G20 summit have condemned the attacks in Paris.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma is among world leaders gathered in Turkey for a G20 summit overshadowed by the deadly attacks on Paris that left 129 people dead and 99 critically wounded.

French President Francois Hollande, dealing with the worst onslaught against his country since the Second World War, will not be attending the gathering in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya.

Most of the leaders attending the G20 summit have joined Presidents Zuma and Barak Obama and Prime Ministers David Cameron and Shinza Abe in making statements condemning the attacks in Paris and expressing condolences for the victims and their families.

Conference host Recep Tayyip Erdogan says terrorism has no religion or nation.

Turkey stands with France determined to tackle the scourge.


US counter-terrorism agents have been discussing what November 13 can reveal about what lead to the attacks.

Al-Qaeda and Isis are very much focused on symbolism and one of the symbols is that 13 November is the anniversary of the Western allies, Britain, France and Italy, who occupied Constantinople in 1918.

There is no actual evidence to indicate that this is what these attackers were going for.

It is, however, something that the US officials are discussing and they want to know why this happened when it did.

The attacks by Isis have been described as new type of threat to Europe.

The group has threatened more attacks saying the Paris attacks are the first of a storm.

Security Analyst Bob Baer says the extremist group is an organised and sophisticated network

"It's an apocalyptic movement, they slaughter as many people in the West as they can and I think what has come as a surprise to everybody is the capabilities around the world. With this extensive network, taking down planes and doing a military stale, we've got a brand new threat here."

Picture: AFP.


Russia remains on a state of high alert following the French terror attacks.

Condolences expressed by the country's leaders have been matched by ordinary Russians.

The French embassy in Moscow has become a vigil for solidarity with Paris

Muscovites have been bringing flowers and candles and placing signs like "France, I weep for you" and "Russia mourns with France"

Speaking to eyewitness news, many Muscovites say this was a terror attack waiting to happen and are worried Russia could be next

A recent poll found that nearly half of Russians fear a terrorist attack or hostage-taking situation in the near future and as many as 76% fear it will be carried out by Islamic State

Meanwhile Moscow's police remain on high alert - all entrances to shopping centres and public spaces are being monitored by security officers

They're taking seriously recent threats made by Islamic State against Russia pledging retaliation for its airstrikes in Syria.

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