French prosecutor Francois Molins confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 19, that Abdelhamid Abaaoud — the alleged mastermind behind the horrific Paris attacks that took 129 lives on Nov. 13 — was killed in a police raid on Wednesday, Nov. 18, BBC News reports.
The raid took place in the Paris suburb of St.-Denis in the early morning hours, killing two and leading to eight arrests. But on Wednesday, police were hesitant to identify the fatalities until they had conducted all of the proper tests. One body was described as that of a female. The Associated Press now reports that she was the cousin of Abaaoud, and “believed to have blown herself up” during the raid.
NYT reporter Aurelien Breeden tweeted, “#Paris prosecutor just sent 1 sentence specifying: ‘We do not know at this stage whether #Abaaoud blew himself up or not.’ #ParisAttacks.”
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