Two killed as police swoop on terror suspects

Armed police take up positions in Saint Denis (AP)
Armed police take up positions in Saint Denis (AP)

TWO suspects in the Paris attacks have been killed during a raid in a suburb of the French capital, police said today.

It came as a massive police operation targeted Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of last week’s terror attacks that killed at least 129 people.

A woman wearing a suicide vest was among two suspects in the Paris attacks who were killed during a raid in a suburb of the French capital, police said.

The woman detonated the explosives as scores of officers raided a property in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, officials said.

An official with the Paris police department said two police officers were injured in the stand-off.

Five people have been arrested, prosecutors said.

Scores of police who stormed the building early today were met with unexpectedly violent resistance. Reinforcements were summoned.

There were exchanges of gunfire and SWAT teams were on the scene.

Police blocked off the area and evacuated about 20 people from the building and brought to city hall for protection.

The stand-off took place on rue du Cornillon, in the heart of the historic, multi-cultural town.

Baptiste Marie, a 26-year-old independent journalist who lives near the scene of the stand-off, said: “It started with an explosion. Then there was second big explosion. Then two more explosions. There was an hour of gunfire.”

Amin Guizani, 21, says: “There were grenades. It was going, stopping. Kalashnikovs. Starting again.”

French authorities are searching for at least two people involved in last Friday’s attacks, which killed at least 129 people and seven terrorists.

 

 

 

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