At least two suspects have been killed, including a woman who blew herself up, during a Police raid on an apartment complex in the north of Paris, announced local officials.
The raids, which occurred in the center of Saint-Denis, had been carried out to capture the ‘mastermind’ of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian, is thought to have organised the Paris attacks from Syria and was believed to be hiding in an apartment in Saint-Denis. Salah Abdeslam, another suspect in the attacks, could also be in the apartment.
According to police spokesman Jean-Alphonse Richard, an apartment was identified as being used by those involved in the Paris attacks that occurred last Friday.
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According to Reuters, five other people have been arrested during the dawn raids which saw loud explosions and heavy gunfire echoing through the streets of Saint-Denis.
Reports of a civilian death remain unconfirmed. However, Agence France-Presse reported several police officers and a civilian had been wounded during the raid.
The area of the raids is close to the Stade de France, one of multiple locations attacked on 13 Friday 2015. The 13 Friday attacks killed 129 people and injured more than 300.
The raids commenced before dawn and continued until past sunrise.