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© Eric Feferberg, AFP | Forensic scientist of the French police searche for evidence near an apartment raided by French Police special forces earlier in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, on November 18, 2015

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-11-19

A major police operation outside Paris ended Wednesday with at least two people killed, including a female suspect who detonated a suicide vest. Eight people were arrested in the raid, which was targeting the suspected architect of the Paris attacks.

Latest developments:

  • French police conducted a pre-dawn raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday following a tip-off that suspected Paris attacks architect Abdelhamid Abaaoud might be at the location, according to chief prosecutor François Molins.
  • The identities of those killed in the raid have not yet been confirmed. But neither Abdelhamid Abaaoud, nor key suspect Salah Abdelslam, were among those arrested, said Molins.
  • French investigators said Tuesday that they were looking for a second suspect in the attacks after video footage confirmed that there were three men in a car used during the shootings at bars and restaurants in the city.
  • All 129 victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in the capital have now been identified.
  • France conducted air strikes against Islamic State group targets in the Syrian city of Raqqa for the third night in a row.
  • President François Hollande will meet in Washington with US President Barack Obama on November 24 and then with Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 26 in Moscow to discuss cooperation in the fight against the IS group.
  • French authorities have a number for people looking for missing loved ones: +33 (0) 800 40 60 05. There is also a special number for tourists: +33 (0)1 45 55 80 00. The number for those with information for the police (from France): 197.

To follow Wednesday’s events as they unfolded, read our liveblog below.

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Date created : 2015-11-17


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