Woman Blew Herself Up, Two Dead, Seven Arrests Following Paris Attack

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 18 November 2015 21:49

At least seven people have been arrested apart from a woman blowning herself up and a suspect shot dead during a police raid on a flat in a Paris suburb, BBC news reported.

Following the massacre of 129 people of Friday's gun and bomb attacks in Paris, Police targeted the flat in Saint-Denis in a search for the alleged mastermind of the incident.

The operation in Saint-Denis near the Stade de France, where the incident took place, began at 04:20 (08.20 PST).

The prosecutor, Mr Molins, while speaking of the scene afterwards said that it the operation had been ordered after phone taps and surveillance operations suggested Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, could be there.

The prosecutor said a young woman - said by France's BFMTV to be a relative of Abaaoud - had detonated her explosives belt soon after the raid began.

Another suspect was killed by grenades and police bullets, Mr Molins said.

Five members of the RAID police anti-terrorism unit were lightly injured while a RAID "assault dog", a seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd called Diesel, was killed.

Three men were arrested in the apartment. Two others were found hiding in rubble and a further two - including the man who provided the lodging - were also detained, he said.

He did not give the identities of those detained.

The fate of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, previously thought to be in Syria, is still unclear.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said intelligence indicated he was in Paris.

All victims of Friday's attacks - which targeted a concert hall, cafes and the Stade de France stadium and were claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group - have now been identified, the government said.

The near simultaneous attacks on Friday left more than 400 people wounded, with 221 still in hospital, 57 of them in intensive care.

European countries are on high alert. On Tuesday evening, a football friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled shortly before kick-off and two Air France planes heading to Paris from the US were diverted because of security threats.

IS said it had carried out the attacks in response to France's air campaign against its leadership in Syria, and pledged further bloodshed.

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