France’s Prosecutor Claims Death of “Mastermind” of Paris Attacks In Police Raid

French judicial police have inspected the apartment raided by French Police special forces in Saint-Denis during an operation to catch fugitives from the deadly attacks that killed 129 in Paris. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS, Nov 19 – The suspected mastermind of the attacks that killed 129 in Paris was among those killed in a police raid in a suburb of the French capital on Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian militant, who had boasted of mounting attacks in Europe for Daesh, was accused of orchestrating Friday’s coordinated bombings and shootings.

Police originally thought he was in Syria, but their investigations led them to a house in the Paris suburb of St. Denis and heavily armed officers stormed the building before dawn, triggering a massive firefight and multiple explosions.

“Abdel Hamid Abaaoud has just been formally identified, after comparing fingerprints, as having been killed during the (police) raid,” the statement said. “It was the body we had discovered in the building, riddled with bullets.”

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