Saint-Denis Police Raid Ends After An Hours-Long Standoff With Suspected Paris Terrorists
After an hours-long standoff between police and suspected terrorists, the Saint-Denis police raid ended around Wednesday noon, according to The Guardian. The target of the raid was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the believed mastermind of last Friday's Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people and wounded more than 350 others. Citing police sources, the Associated Press reported two suspected terrorists were dead, including a female suicide bomber who died after detonating her vest.
At least seven people were arrested, including three men who were inside the apartment during the raid and two others who were hiding in rubble, French prosecutors said. The remaining two people arrested were the apartment's landlord and a female acquaintance of his who was nearby. Officials did not disclose whether Abaaoud was at the apartment nor did they disclose identities of any of the people killed or arrested. It was also unclear whether suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam and a possible ninth Paris attacker at large was at the apartment. At least three police officers were wounded and a police dog named Diesel died in the massive operation.
The raid in the Paris suburb began at around 4:30 a.m., and videos of gunfire and explosions taken by residents quickly made their way onto social media. Public transit in the area was shut down, and residents were told to stay inside. The raid began to wind down at around 8:30 a.m. but continued throughout the day as authorities sought to secure the surrounding area. Police sources told CNN they believe the suspected terrorists were on the cusp of carrying out another assault on the city.
Saint-Denis is also home to the Stade de France, where three suicide bombers detonated their devices on Friday.