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Anti-terror Op Live: Paris attack mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, presumed killed in police raid

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The gunshots erupted at around 4.30 am in the northern Paris suburb and went on for five hours.
  4. 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.
  5. Seven terrorists died in the Friday terror attacks. While claiming responsibility for the attacks, the Islamic State group said eight men were involved.
  6. Salah Abdeslam, 26, is suspected to have carried out the shootings along with his suicide-bomber brother Brahim.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Police also carried out raids in southwestern France, in Ariege, Toulouse and the department of the Haute-Garonne.
  10. Earlier today, two Air France flights headed to Paris from the US were divertedbecause of bomb threats.

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