PARIS: Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the world’s most wanted man suspected to have masterminded the Friday terror attacks in Paris, was the target of a raid by elite forces in Saint Denis in the city early on Wednesday. Three men have been arrested after a prolonged shootout.
Here are the latest developments:
- Two terrorists were killed in the morning raid by the police and army on an apartment. One of the terrorists killed is a woman who allegedly blew herself up with a suicide belt. Police have arrested 7 persons after the raid.
- At least eight suspects were believed to be holed up in the apartment. Police sources said Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to have coordinated the Paris attacks from Syria, was among them.
- The gunshots erupted at around 4.30 am in the northern Paris suburb and went on for five hours.
- British newspaper Guardian reported that besides Abaaoud, one of the Paris attackers, Salah Abdeslam, was also hiding in the apartment when the raid took place.
- Seven terrorists died in the Friday terror attacks. While claiming responsibility for the attacks, the Islamic State group said eight men were involved.
- Salah Abdeslam, 26, is suspected to have carried out the shootings along with his suicide-bomber brother Brahim.
- Saint Denis is home to the Stade de France, one of several places targeted by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday in the worst ever attack on French soil.
- The raid came as Europe was placed on high alert after footage from the scene of one of the Paris attacks revealed that a ninth suspect may have been involved.
- Police also carried out raids in southwestern France, in Ariege, Toulouse and the department of the Haute-Garonne.
- Earlier today, two Air France flights headed to Paris from the US were divertedbecause of bomb threats.