French Prosecutors: Suspected Mastermind Of Paris Attacks Killed In Police Raid

Abdelhamid Abaaoud
This undated image taken from a Militant Website on Monday, Nov.16, 2015, shows Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. A senior police official said he believed the Belgian Islamic State militant was inside an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis with other heavily armed people. A French official said Monday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks was also linked to thwarted train and church attacks. (Militant video via AP)

THE LATEST:

  • French prosecutors: suspected mastermind of Paris attacks killed in police raid.
  • French ID all 129 victims of the Paris attacks
  • Government spokesman says the operation in Paris suburb of Saint-Denis is over
  • Multiple explosions heard at the scene of a police standoff with suspects in Paris attacks
  • 7 now arrested in standoff north of Paris targeting mastermind of attacks
  • Suspected attacks mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed holed up in standoff
  • A police dog was killed in the siege of an apartment where some of the Paris attackers are thought to be holed up
  • Woman wearing suicide explosive vest among 2 killed near Paris, 4 police injured

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris.

2:05 p.m.

Three police officials say a woman killed during a raid on an apartment in suburban Paris was the cousin of the alleged mastermind of last week’s attacks.

One official says Hasna Aitboulahcen is believed to have detonated a suicide vest after a brief exchange with police officers.

According to the official, one of the officers asked: “Where is your boyfriend?” and she responded angrily: “He’s not my boyfriend!” Then there was an explosion.

The bodies recovered in the raid were badly mangled, with a part of the woman’s spine landing on a police car, complicating formal identification.

The officials say her exact relationship with the suspected mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has not been confirmed. The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to divulge details of the investigation.

The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Thursday that Abaaoud died in the raid.

Paris Attacks: A Timeline

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1:50 p.m.

The French manager of London soccer club Arsenal says he cannot understand why anyone would hate his homeland enough to commit Friday’s attacks.

Wenger told reporters in London: “I think France is, like England, a tolerant and generous country. And to discover how much your own citizens hate you and hate the country is of course a huge shock for everybody. You wonder what’s going on there: Why does this country get this kind of treatment?”

Wenger said France must raise security levels at soccer matches building up to the nation’s hosting of the European soccer championship next summer.

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1:35 p.m.

The Paris prosecutor says that the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid.

In a statement Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said that Abaaoud’s body was found in an apartment building targeted in the raid in Saint-Denis north of Paris Wednesday. It said he was identified based on skin samples.

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1:15 p.m.

People across France are raising a glass of wine in an act of defiance after the deadly attacks on Paris.

The third Thursday in November is “Beaujolais Day,” when vintners release their latest batch of young, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau, and many bars and restaurants hold special tasting sessions.

President Francois Hollande has urged his compatriots to resume their social lives, asking: “What would our country be without its cafes?”

The question resonates loudly in the vibrant area of eastern Paris hit hardest by the attacks.

People there are determined to embrace the things that make life worth living: food, wine and friends.

Restaurateur Frederic Hoffman says: “This is what we do to make things go back to normal. We open the restaurant. We get people together.”

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1:10 p.m.

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda says that close cooperation of efficient armies is a way of ensuring peace and stability in Europe.

Duda made the statement Thursday to Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian troops taking part in the Common Challenge-15 exercise in Drawsko Pomorskie in Poland

He referred to extremist threats against Europe’s peace that “recently so dramatically affected Europe, precisely speaking France.”

“The only answer that we can have in order to ensure peace and stability to our citizens is to have efficient armies that co-operate well together, ready to jointly carry out key stabilization, peace or humanitarian missions.”

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