ISIS Paris terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud 'is DEAD' after raid on Saint-Denis flat | Daily Mail Online
BREAKING NEWS: Paris terror plot mastermind 'is DEAD'. French commandos 'killed Belgian ISIS leader during gun battle' as police remove bodies from siege apartment
- French police and special forces launch 4.25am operation to storm Saint-Denis flat containing seven Paris terrorists
- Mastermind behind Friday's massacres, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, believed to be inside Saint-Denis apartment
- Two senior European intelligence officials say Abaaoud was killed in the flat raid but this has yet to be confirmed
- The bodies of the two terrorists killed in the flat raid have not yet been identified, according to a French prosecutor
- Neither Abaaoud nor Salah Abdeslam, who has been on the run since Friday's attacks, were among those arrested
- Female suicide bomber who fired at police believed to be Abaaoud's wife or cousin. Other suspect killed by grenade
- Woman, named as Hasna Aitboulahcen by unconfirmed reports, is said to have screamed 'Help me, help' at police
- Five people taken alive from flat and arrested as well as two others 'nearby' as stand-off ended after six hours
- Security sources claimed they were 'fourth unit' from ISIS cell set to attack Paris' main airport and shopping centre
- Two of arrested plotters were both shot in the arm and are being operated on at a secure hospital in Bobigny, Paris
- Paris prosecutor refuses to confirm if Abaaoud was in the safehouse and if he was captured or died in the siege
- At least five police have been injured in the ferocious gunfight and the terrorists killed a police dog called Diesel
- Witnesses told MailOnline there were periods of intense machine gun fire and at least seven large explosions
- Man who rented flat to 'two Belgians' is arrested and claims: 'I didn't know they were terrorists. It was a favour'
- Alert sent to all European police forces warning fugitive gunman Salah Abdeslam may be driving Citroen Xsara
By Martin Robinson and Simon Tomlinson and Keiligh Baker In London and Jake Wallis Simons and Jenny Stanton and Nick Fagge and Peter Allen In Paris and Sam Tonkin For Mailonline
Published: 23:48 EST, 17 November 2015 | Updated: 13:49 EST, 18 November 2015
The mastermind behind the Paris massacre, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is dead, according to two senior intelligence officials.
The 27-year-old Belgian jihadi leader is said to have been killed by French commandos when a flat was raided in the early hours of this morning.
More than 100 armed officers stormed the flat in Saint-Denis believing Abaaoud was inside with six other terrorists.
The French authorities have still not confirmed if he was there or if he is dead or alive but two European intelligence officials told the Washington Post that he had been killed inside the building.
French prosecutor Francois Molins said this evening that the two terrorists who died in the raid, a female suicide bomber who blew herself up and another jihadi killed by a grenade, had not yet been identified.
But he revealed that neither Abaaoud nor Salah Abdeslam, who has been on the run since Friday's attacks, were among those arrested.
Security sources said earlier today that the raid, which saw terrorists fire around 5,000 rounds during an hour-long shoot out, prevented a new ISIS double terror attack on Paris.
Mr Molins said: 'A new team of terrorists was neutralised and all indications are that given their arms, their organisational structure and their determination, the commando [of jihadis] could have struck.'
He told a press conference how the ISIS terror squad who attacked Paris last Friday arrived in the city from Belgium in a convoy of three vehicles on November 12, the day before the atrocities. A VW Polo, Seat and Renault Clio used in the massacre were rented by the Abdeslam brothers and arrived in the Paris area within ten minutes of each other.
It came as it emerged the blonde female suicide bomber who blew herself up screamed ‘Help me, help me’ at police moments before detonating a device as snipers opened fire, eyewitnesses claimed today.
Unconfirmed reports have named the female terrorist, believed to be Abaaoud's jihadi bride or cousin, as Hasna Aitboulahcen.
She blew herself up during a six-hour siege where five people were taken alive and arrested. Two more suspects were held 'nearby', while bodies were this evening seen being removed from the apartment building.
Bodies have this evening been removed from the flat raided by French police in Saint-Denis where Paris massacre mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was believed to be inside with six other terrorists. The French authorities will not say if he was there or if he is dead or alive
Aftermath: A forensics squad inspects a blood-covered mattress dumped in the glass-covered street outside the Saint-Denis flat used by seven suspected terrorists
One of the bodies is removed from inside the apartment building (left) and loaded into a hearse (right) following the six-hour siege
+60 Drama: The terror suspect was dragged from the building and broken glass with no trousers on - presumably in case he was wearing a suicide belt - as police trained their weapons on the flat
Wanted men: It has been reported the target of the police siege in Saint-Denis was Abdelhamid Abaaoud (left), thought to be the mastermind behind the Paris attacks who is said to have been killed. Salah Abdeslam (right), who has been on the run since Friday's attacks is not among those arrested according to a French prosecutor
Mystery suspect: Hooded police officers pull a man arrested in the gun battle through crowds of other officers and soldiers as the Saint-Denis siege ended after six hours
A member of the French judicial police is pictured inspecting the apartment raided by special forces after a six-hour stand-off this morning
Threat: Soldiers guard Charles de Gaulle airport's Metro station today, left, amid fears that ISIS had planned to target the transport hub and the Quatre Temps shopping centre in the city's business district, Le Défense, also today, right
[LEFT]State broadcaster France 2 has claimed the group was a 'fourth unit' on top of the three who killed 129 on Friday and were planning simultaneous attacks with AK-47s and bombs on Charles de Gaulle airport and the Quatre Temps shopping centre in the city's business district, Le Défense.
The Saint-Denis siege started at 4.25am when SWAT teams and special forces surrounded the building after security services hunting for Abaaoud spent days watching flats and tapping phones.
Kalashnikovs were being used against the security forces, but after an an hour and a half of furious exchanges, there was a lull in the fighting.
It was then that a woman 'with long blonde hair' appeared at a third floor apartment window.
An eyewitness identified only as Christian, 20, told Le Parisien: ‘During a ten or fifteen minute lull in the shooting I heard a woman shouting: "Help, help, help me!"
‘The police asked her to identify herself, and to show herself. She held her hands up but she didn’t reveal her face.
‘She withdrew her hands out of sight, and then put them up again several times.
‘The police shouted at her: "Keep your hands in the air!" They told her: “We’re going to shoot.” The shooting resumed. The police were firing from the roof of the building opposite. Suddenly there was an enormous explosion. It was probably the woman who blew herself up.
‘The windows shattered. Lots of objects from the apartment were thrown into the street, pieces of human flesh as well. They are still there. You can see a bit of the head, of skin, of ribs.’
Thibault Chaffotte, another witness, told Liberation: ‘I heard police talking about a blonde woman with long hair. I believe this was the suicide bomber.
They told her: 'Don’t lower your arms. Put your hands in the air. Afterwards, there was a very loud explosion. I think that’s when she activated her bomb. It was big. Many of the windows in the road shattered.’
A seven-year-old sniffer dog called Diesel sent into the block to look for booby traps was killed in the blast. Another terror suspect was killed by a grenade blast.
+60 Map: The raid was on a flat in the north of Paris - close to the three attacks close to the Stade de France - and not far from the shootings and suicide attacks on Bataclan and a series of bars, restaurants and cafes
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