Paris attacks: Confirmed; Mastermind dead

Prosecutors say the body of the suspected architect of the deadly bombings, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has been identified among those killed in Wednesday’s police raid

Paris: The suspected ringleader of the bloody Paris terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed after police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis on Wednesday, the Paris prosecutor’s office said yesterday.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud

“Abaaoud has just been formally identified... as having been killed during the raid in Wednesday’s raid,” prosecutor Francois Molins said in a statement. Police originally thought he was in Syria but their investigation led them to the Saint Denis apartment.

A Belgian jihadist and top IS commander, 28-year-old Abaaoud was formally identified by his fingerprints since his body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel.

The building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis where the raid was conducted by the French police. Pic/AFP
The building in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis where the raid was conducted by the French police. Pic/AFP

At least two bodies were found in the apartment in Saint-Denis after a shootout and siege with elite police units. A woman in the apartment detonated her suicide vest and a body was found so riddled with bullets that made it difficult to identify, the prosecutor had earlier said.

Abaaoud is accused of orchestrating the coordinated Mumbai-style bombings in the French capital on November 13 that killed 129 people and injured about 350 others.

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