Suspected Mastermind of Paris Terror Attacks Killed in Raid
The suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks was killed in yesterday's massive anti-terror raid on an apartment building in the Paris suburb of St. Denis.
French officials have now confirmed the death of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian man of Moroccan descent.
At least two people died, including Abaaoud's cousin, who blew herself up with a suicide vest. Seven suspects were arrested during the raid, according to French officials.
Abaaoud's identity was confirmed through skin samples at the crime scene.
A French police dog was killed when the female suspect detonated her vest, and five officers suffered minor injuries.
Friday's attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead, with more than 350 others wounded.
Abaaoud was linked to a string of thwarted attacks, including the plot to kill passengers on a Paris-bound high-speed train in August, which was foiled by three young Americans.
Abaaoud had claimed he successfully moved back and forth from Europe to Syria coordinating terror attacks, and narrowly escaped a January police raid in the Belgian city of Verviers. “Allah blinded their vision and I was able to leave... despite being chased after by so many intelligence agencies," he told the ISIS magazine Dabiq.
Police say they launched Wednesday's operation after receiving information from tapped phone calls, surveillance and tipoffs suggesting that Abaaoud was holed up in the apartment. Eight other people were arrested.
During the raid, according to one police official, an officer approached Abaaoud's cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, and asked her, "Where is your boyfriend?" She responded angrily: "He's not my boyfriend!" Then there was an explosion.
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