Chief suspect in Paris attacks died in raid, French authorities confirm
Updated at 9:12 a.m. EST, Nov. 19 — French authorities confirmed Thursday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian suspect behind the Paris attacks, died in a police raid Wednesday. This is following forensic tests, according to a statement from Paris prosecutor, François Molins. According to the New York Times, it is not clear if Abaaoud blew himself up, or if police gunfire killed him.
Authorities also said that the woman who blew herself up with an explosive vest was Abaaoud’s cousin, identified as Hasna Aitboulahcen, according to the Associated Press.
Two people died, a woman who blew herself up with an explosive vest and a man who was hit by shrapnel from the raid. Seven others were arrested, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the suspected planner, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was among them.
Abaaoud, a Belgian, had bragged in Islamic State media that he was able to move back and forth between Europe and Syria undetected.
Neighbors said they heard gunfire and explosions starting at about 4 a.m. and lasting for several hours.