The raid in St-Denis is now over, here’s all the information we have so far.
- Two people have been killed
- Seven people have been arrested
- Five police officers have suffered slight injuries, with a police dog killed
Here are the details which French prosecutors and police sources confirm:
- A woman, who blew herself up, was killed in the raid.
- Another person has been killed by a police sniper
- Three men, whose identities are unknown, have been arrested inside the apartment
- A man and a woman have been arrested in the “immediate vicinity” of the apartment, thought to be the apartment landlord and his female friend.
- Police have made two more arrests since then, a total of seven
- Officers had been in a stand-off with at least one person inside the apartment, what has happened to him is unclear
How the raid unfolded:
- The apartment which is the focus of the raid is on a small street, Rue du Corbillon, about 2km from the Stade de France, one of the targets of Friday’s attacks.
- Heavy shooting, including automatic gunfire, and explosions began at about 4.30am.
- At least seven explosions were heard during the raid by local residents
- Roads have been closed off, with military reeinforcements patrolling the area
- Residents have been told to stay in their homes and away from windows.
- Transport to St-Denis has been suspended and schools will not open on Wednesday.
- Police have escorted out children and others from the scene of the standoff, with paramedics on standby. A counselling centre has been set up.
What is reported but still unconfirmed
- Police sources told French media and AFP the targets of the raid were alleged to be the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks,Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud.
- There is no evidence yet that these suspects are among the arrests or even in the apartment.
- Police sources told BFMTV that police had placed a woman under surveillance “several days ago” who they suspected might be sheltering Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud
- We do not yet know if this was the same woman who blew herself up at the apartment early this morning.
Jon Henley TheGuardian