tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC November 20, 2015 5:30pm-6:01pm PST
appreciate your time. and we'll see you again in half an hour. >> bye-bye. tonight, as we come on the air, we have just learned that at least one american, killed in the hotel under attack. several american guests inside. terrorists storming in, armed with guns and grenades. more than two dozen dead. was this all connected to paris? meantime, the fugitive from the paris attacks. the eighth attacker on the run. believed to be seen in that video. reports of his phone call. a plea for help? is he now afraid of isis because he didn't detonate his vest? brian ross reporting. the flight over america, the plane diverted. the passenger cuffed. and melania trump. her first joint interview. the children speaking, too. the biggest misconception about trump. and melania's advice for him.
>> and the moving moment that left millions speechless this week. who is our person of the week? good evening. it's great to be back home as we end the week. but tonight we do begin with a new scene of terror unleashed. this time, americans among the victims inside. a hotel under attack, with at least one american killed. terrorists storming the radisson in mali. a common hotel for westerners. s.w.a.t. teams moving in, 170 people held hostage. several americans inside. tonight, at least 27 dead. a pane of glass shattered. hotel guests evacuating down that stairwell. snipers peering through the window. and tonight, the major question, was this connected to the terror unfolding in paris one week ago tonight? and what the terrorists at the hotel reportedly said as they stormed the lobby. martha raddatz leads us off.
>> reporter: 7:00 a.m. local time. the terrorists, armed with guns and grenades, drove up to the radisson blu, a luxury hotel in bamako, mali. popular with foreigners. car reportedly had diplomatic tags attached, and they started shooting. trapped inside the hotel, 140 guests, 30 staff. "they started to shoot everywhere," this man says. "and they were shouting allahu akbar. they were shooting everywhere." the attackers took hostages, reportedly asking some to cite passages from the koran. inside the hotel, five american military and civilian personnel. managing to hide themselves and avoid being seized. a cameraman crouching behind this officer as authorities approach the scene. shattered glass on the floor.
slowly, methodically moving, floor by floor. corrected by this spiral staircase. guns raised, prepared for anything. sirens blaring all around as they evacuate the citizens. >> i opened the door a little bit and saw bullets on the floor. i walked out, it was full of police and special forces. and they take me to a safe place. >> reporter: guiding them downstairs, through the lobby and outside to safety. carrying this employee, blood staining her sleeves. others running for their lives. back inside, the dead covered on the floor. the united nations says at least 27 in all. one american killed as well, anita detar. mali, a former french colony. and french troops are still in the country helping to fight islamic extremists. at least three of the hostage takers were killed. french officials say they were a
part of a north african terror group. possibly affiliated with al qaeda, but we're not certain about that at this point. we do know a state department diplomatic security agent happened to be on the scene, and he helped pull people out of a smoke-filled room. david? >> martha, thank you. it was one week ago tonight, as we were on the air, we were just beginning to learn the scope of the horror in paris. and tonight, a major development. new reporting. the alleged eighth attacker on the run. making phone calls after his escape. what he was asking for. also the images captured. the glass shattering in that cafe, people diving for cover. he's believed the be the gunman we saw. taking aim, his weapon appearing to jam. friends telling abc news he made a calling pleading for help as he now hides. brian ross with where authorities believe he could be now. >> reporter: he is believed to be the gunman seen shooting
victims outside the window in that dramatic video at a parisian cafe obtained by the "daily mail." but salah abdeslam did not blow himself up. he fled the scene, and is now described as armed and dangerous. and tonight police in the international manhunt say they believe he is hiding somewhere near his hometown in brussels, belgium. and so do two of his neighborhood friends, who tell abc news that abdeslam actually called them on tuesday night, saying he was nearby, desperate for help to avoid the police and get to isis in syria. those friends told abdeslam's brother, mohammed, about that call, and mohammed issued a new plea today for his brother to turn himself in. quote, "because it's the only way to avoid being shot down by police." salah abdeslam's friends say he also feared isis, apparently because he did not detonate his suicide vest. he was particularly afraid of the mastermind of the attack, abdel hamid abaaoud. who was a childhood friend, they went to jail together on armed robbery charges.
but abaaoud was killed in wednesday's bloody police raid. and tonight, the fugitive's brother sent this message. "abaaoud is dead. he doesn't need to be afraid of him now." we contacted belgian authorities and the fbi about the friend's account, and they had no immediate comment. >> you were telling me you learned, that phone call was made several days ago. do they still believe he's in belgium tonight? >> they still think he's in that ar area, roughly. and we've been reporting on the fake passport discovered next to one of the attackers. it's believed he posed as a refugee to get all the way to paris. and tonight, new intelligence that he may not be the only one. following the same route taken by refugees. tonight, french authorities saying fingerprints have been corrected. another attacker confirming he took the route as well. and the woman who blew herself
up. a explosion captured by a witness. authorities believe it was someone next to her detonating their vest. she died with them. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, two of the three suicide bombers blowing themselves up during this game, both passed through greece on the same day, october 3rd, following the same path as the wave of syrian refugees. fingerprints matching those registered on the island. since friday's attacks, nearly 800 raids in france alone, searching for additional attackers. and the dramatic scene on the streets of paris wednesday. the target, ringleader abaaoud. his body riddled with bullets. and french authorities revising their account of that explosion. saying the woman was not the one that detonated the suicide vest.
and tonight, another mystery. a third body in the wreckage, identity still unknown. police forensic teams are still combing through that building, dumping debris into that dumpster, and putting evidence into that white forensics tent. >> reporter: eric jagot was the deputy investigator. >> they started to throw grenades through the windows. >> reporter: someone would detonate that vest. then the s.w.a.t. team sending in its dog, diesel. >> when she got in the flat, we heard shooting. we didn't see her anymore. she saved the lives of colleagues of mine. >> reporter: exposing that last shooter to snipers. that officer telling us he was surprised about the attackers' training, how selectively they chose targets. how many grenades they had. and with fear of additional attacks, the state of emergency has been extended for another three months. >> matt, thank you.
and tonight, the possibility of another attacker fueling the debate over refugees here at home. governors of more than half the country saying refugees are not welcome in their state. meanwhile, donald trump, clarifying his comments about whether this country should have a muslim registry. jonathan karl with what trump said, and what he's saying now. >> reporter: donald trump's answer to this question about setting up a national database of muslims in america has set off a furor. >> should there be a database that tracks muslims in this country? >> there should be a lot of systems, beyond database. there should be a lot of systems, and today you can do it. but right now, we need a border, strength, a wall, and we can't let what's happening to this country happen. >> specifically how do you get this registry? >> it would be just good management. you have to do good management procedures. and we can do that. >> reporter: prompting comments by trump's rivals.
>> i find it abhorrent that trump is suggesting we register people. that brings you back to a time that no one wants to get back to. >> reporter: hillary clinton accused trump of shocking rhetoric. trump later tweeting, i didn't suggest a database, a reporter did. we need to defeat islamic terrorist to protect america. at a campaign event in south carolina, he insisted he has nothing against muslims. >> here you have good christian people, and the muslim people are good, too. >> and trump is saying he never suggested a database for muslims, it was a question posed to him? >> that's right. and it's true. he didn't suggest it himself. but in all the back and forth, there's another thing trump did not do. he did not say that he opposes the idea. >> and we have trump and his wife melania here on the broadcast a little bit later. jon, thanks.
as we reported last night near, three new isis videos in the last three days with images of new york city and washington, d.c., vowing to take aim at the white house. this comes as millions head home for the holidays. and tensions running high. a spirit airlines flight out of ft. lauderdale. diverted, a passenger taken off the plane. after what they thought was a bomb threat. david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: it was a reported bomb threat onboard, triggering the spirit airlines jet to immediately return to ft. lauderdale. a passenger taken off, but authorities say it was all a misunderstanding about an overheard conversation. the man, a u.s. citizen, taken off, believes that wasn't the only reason. >> they treat me like a terrorist guy. i have to pay a price for my appearance. >> reporter: just the latest incident as more than 25 million americans start flying for the thanksgiving holiday. many are jittery. in los angeles -- >> people are now in fear. given what's happened. it's the new reality. >> reporter: -- to washington.
>> my head will be on pivot and i'll be looking. >> reporter: the worry coming after the bombing of that russian jetliner, possibly using a soda can, and lingering fears it may have been placed in the jet by an insider, an airport worker. could that happen here? the responsibility for screening airport workers is left to the airports. in miami, nearly 100% of those workers are screened before entering secure areas. >> our threat is the insider threat and we know what we have to do to deal with that. >> reporter: but tonight, miami is only one of three u.s. airports which conducts 100% screening. tsa has given airports guidance. but there is no mandate for airport worker screening. some say it's time for congress to require exactly that. >> david, thank you. and now to the storm. 20 million americans bracing. winter weather alerts up this hour. the heartland getting slammed.
it is back. a winter blast, whiteout conditions. that's highway 169 in northern iowa. in sioux falls, a pickup truck flipped. a treacherous drive home. up to a foot of snow expected in some parts. chicago in the path. let's go to rob marciano with the track. >> for the big cities like chicago, it's the first real snow storm of the season. it's coming kind of early. advisories and warnings, watches you mentioned, stretching from wyoming to michigan. and snowing in iowa, over a foot in some spots. moving into chicago by tomorrow morning. snowing heavily. especially away from the lake, and a good chunk of accumulating snow. in some spots, over 10 inches, just outside of chicago, and just outside of detroit. very, very cold. windchill near zero in chicago. on sunday morning, the snow doesn't get to the east coast, but the cold does. >> rob, thank you. now to a case making global headlines. convicted spy jonathan pollard, out of prison, and already challenging terms of his parole. he was released today. serving 30 years for smuggling u.s. secrets to israel.
he immediately went to federal court, objecting to wearing a monitoring device. and he also can't leave the u.s. for at least five years. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. an abc news exclusive. the interview with donald and melania trump. their first interview together since he launched his campaign for president. and the children also speaking to barbara walters. barbara asking, what's the biggest misconception about trump? and does melania give him advice? also, the popular hotel chain hacked. dozens of locations, personal credit card and debit card information. and hotel guests. and the amazon deals are already out. black friday, not here, but they were. up to 40% on devices. hundreds of dollars off. a few of them coming up, and how quickly they change them, coming up. prevent heart disease? one sit-up could one. wishful thinking, right?
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finally tonight here, our persons of the week. so many faces we met in paris. and of course, the father with his little boy, still afraid of the men with guns. we won't forget the young faces. we saw their beautiful smiles at every one of those scenes of horror unfolding one week ago tonight. there were also the faces of those who knew them, and many who didn't. all out to pay tribute, stifling their tears. >> we have to continue on with life. we can't hide. we can't stop our lives. >> reporter: the bartenders, the waiters, determined to begin serving again. >> it's our life. the restaurant, the cafe, the bar. since 1883. >> reporter: this bar. >> yes. this bar. >> reporter: and the father reassuring his 6-year-old son. his boy still afraid of all those men with guns. [ speaking foreign language ]
>>. fear of terror in the u.s. after another attack abroad. a scare on a plane grounded it for hours today. >> if you're having second thoughts about flying, michael finney has important information you need to know before you cancel. >> could we prevent an attack here by opening up silicon valley's back door? why this move could put your personal information at one week after the frevenlg terrorist attacks, hundreds sing to pay tribute to the victims. tonight, people around the world are mourning after terrorists take hostages in mali, killing 27 people. >> heavily armed gunman stormed a radisson hotel. they took about 100 hostages.
we have just learned one american is among the dead, new jersey native, anita >> belgium raised it's terror level, warning of a imminent threat. >> reporter: we're hearing about the threats just about every day lately. the latest in mali, where many have connections. i got a chance to speak with a san francisco doctor staying across town from the hotel that was attacked. malian security forces escort frightened guests out of the hotel. gunmen stormed the building. a san francisco doctor, ari johnson runs a nonprofit and is there now. i spoke with him