Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Saint Denis Police terror raid near Paris ends with at least two killed, seven arrested.

Saint Denis Police terror raid near Paris ends with at least two killed, seven arrested. (France24).

A major police operation outside Paris ended Wednesday with two people killed, including a female suspect who detonated a suicide vest. Seven people were arrested in the raid, which was targeting the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks.

Latest developments:

Police launched the raids in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris, before dawn on Wednesday in an operation police and judicial sources said was targeting suspected Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He and several other suspects are holed up inside an apartment building. A helicopter was flying overhead and police have cordoned off the area nearby. A female suspect blew herself up during the raid, police said.

French investigators said Tuesday that they were looking for a second suspect in the attacks after video footage confirmed that there were three men in a car used during the shootings at bars and restaurants in the city.

President François Hollande will meet in Washington with US President Barack Obama on November 24 and then with Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 26 in Moscow to discuss cooperation in the fight against the IS group.

France conducted air strikes against Islamic State group targets in the Syrian city of Raqqa for the third night in a row.

Prosecutors have identified five of the seven dead assailants involved in the attacks, while a search is under way for 26-year-old Belgian Salah Abdeslam.

Prosecutor François Molins, visiting Saint Denis with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, told reporters the raid was conducted following a phone tip-off. Two people, including a woman who detonated a suicide vest, were killed. At this stage it was impossible to confirm the identity of the people in the apartment, said Molins.

Police dog named Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois SWAT team assault dog was “killed by terrorists” during the Saint Denis raid. Read the full story here.

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