PARIS — A lady died when she detonated an explosive vest and 5 folks have been arrested when the French police carried out an early-morning raid on Wednesday in the northern Paris suburb of St.-Denis aimed at detaining the Belgian militant suspected of organizing the attacks that killed 129 men and women on Friday.
The Paris prosecutor’s office stated in a statement that the police raid started at four:20 a.m. and had targeted six suspects.
Three males hiding out in an apartment were taken in by specific police forces, the prosecutor’s office mentioned, though it did not release the 3 men’s identities.
A man and a lady had been also captured near the apartment and have been taken in, the authorities stated.
The prosecutor’s office mentioned the target of the raid was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian militant suspected of organizing the attacks. There was no confirmation of whether or not Mr. Abaaoud was in the apartment at the time of the raid.
The raid appeared to focus on an apartment near Location Jean Jaurès, a main square in St.-Denis not far from the Stade de France, where three of the seven attackers who died on Friday blew themselves up.
The police swarmed by means of the location and cordoned it off ahead of dawn, emptying the streets and warning inhabitants who had been awakened by the gunfire to keep inside.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve joined President François Hollande at the Élysée Palace on Wednesday morning to monitor the operation.
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