Two dead in Paris raid on St-Denis

Firefighters are gathered in the northern Paris suburb of St-Denis city center.
Firefighters are gathered in the northern Paris suburb of St-Denis city center.

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

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