French Officials: Suspected Paris Attack Mastermind Killed in Raid
French officials have officially confirmed that they have killed the suspected mastermind from Friday’s Paris terror attacks.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud died during an early morning police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday.
The Hill reports:
Abaaoud, a Belgian national, had traveled to Syria and supported the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to multiple reports.
He allegedly coordinated a string of bombings and shootings across Paris last Friday evening that killed 129 people and injured more than 300 others. ISIS has claimed credit for those attacks.
There was confusion Wednesday over whether Abaaoud was among those killed during the predawn police raid in which two suspected terrorists were killed and another seven arrested.
“The state of the body does not allow for identification,” said Francois Mollins, the Paris public prosecutor, on Wednesday after news reports surfaced that Abaaoud was dead.
“It’s difficult to investigate inside the building, and at this point in time I cannot give you a precise update on the actual…[identification] of the people that are dead,” he added.
Mollins said Wednesday that more than 100 French officers took part in the seven-hour operation, which began at 4 a.m. Officers used grenades and sniper rifles during a battle with suspects, he added, with more than 5,000 rounds fired.
Mollins added Wednesday that the residence was near collapse following Wednesday morning’s battle.
Media reports indicated that Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, was the other suspect who died. Aitboulahcen, a cousin of Abaaoud’s, reportedly died after detonating a suicide bomb once law enforcement officials entered the suspects’ apartment.
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