Abdelhamid Abaaud reportedly been killed in Saint-Denis

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Abdelhamid Abaaud, the suspected mastermind of the recent terror attacks, has presumably been killed during a pre-dawn raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Heavy gunfire and seven explosions were heard in the Saint-Denis suburb after police raided the apartment at around 4.30am.

At the same time, two senior intelligence officials confirmed that the Islamic State terrorist has been reportedly killed during the confrontation.

French prosecutor Francois Molins, who is supervising the probe, briefed the media that they were not able to identify the bodies. It will take some time to identify the those killed.”

Two people inside the flat, possibly Abaaoud and Salah Abdeslam, have died after a woman suicide bomber detonated her explosive vest. The gendarmes have so far fired 500 rounds of ammunition.

Five people were arrested following the raid, including another woman, in which five policemen were injured.
It may be noted that Abaaoud, though born in Belgium grew up in Molenbeek, a Brussels suburb. Though studying at a Catholic school, he soon became involved in petty crime.

Abaaoud, 27, after being trained in Syria, returned to Europe via Athens. Before the Paris attack, he gave an interview to IS-propaganda magazine Dabiq in which be claimed that he was let off by a Belgium police officer as he could not recognise him.

He was also linked to failed terror attacks in Europe, including one aboard a Paris-bound high speed train, which was prevented by two US soldiers.

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