Mas­ter­mind killed in Saint-De­nis raid

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pra­sun Son­walkar pra­sun.son­walkar@hin­dus­tan­

PARIS: The Is­lamic State fighter sus­pected of mas­ter­mind­ing the Paris at­tacks was killed dur­ing a ma­jor po­lice raid, pros­e­cu­tors con­firmed on Thurs­day, mark­ing a ma­jor vic­tory in what Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande had called a ‘war’ with the Sunni mil­i­tant group.

Prime Min­is­ter Manuel Valls broke the news in Par­lia­ment to ap­plause from law­mak­ers who voted to ex­tend the coun­try’s state of emer­gency for an­other three months af­ter Valls warned that ter­ror­ists may use chem­i­cal or bi­o­log­i­cal weapons to launch fur­ther at­tacks on the coun­try.

Bel­gium-born Ab­del­hamid Abaaoud was killed in Wed­nes­day morn­ing’s as­sault by elite po­lice units on an apart­ment in north­ern Paris sub­urb of Saint-De­nis, which left at least two per­sons dead, in­clud­ing a fe­male sui­cide bomber who re­port­edly blew her­self up.

Hand­print anal­y­sis was used to iden­tify 27-year-old Abaaoud’s body, which was found rid­dled with bul­lets and shrap­nels in the rub­ble of the shat­tered build­ing af­ter of­fi­cers rained fire and grenades on the ji­hadists in a seven-hour siege. “Ab­del­hamid Abaaoud has just been for­mally iden­ti­fied... as hav­ing been killed dur­ing the raid,” the Paris pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said in a state­ment. Eight per­sons were ar­rested af­ter the raid.


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