Paris attacks: Two die in hunt for ‘mastermind’ Abaaoud

A woman has blown herself up and a suspect was shot dead during a police raid on a flat in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, while seven arrests were made. Police targeted a flat in a search for the alleged mastermind of Friday’s gun and bomb attacks in Paris, when 129 people were killed.

The fate of the suspect, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, previously thought to be in Syria, is still unclear. Prosecutor Francois Molins said intelligence indicated he was in Paris.

All the victims of the Paris attacks – which targeted a concert hall, cafes and the Stade de France stadium and were claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group – have now been identified.

The prosecutor said a young woman – said by France’s BFMTV to be a relative of Abaaoud – had detonated her explosives belt soon after the raid began. Another suspect was killed by grenades and police bullets, Mr Molins said.

Five members of the RAID police anti-terrorism unit were lightly injured while a RAID “assault dog” was killed.

Three men were arrested in the apartment. Two others were found hiding in rubble and a further two – including the man who provided the lodging – were also detained, he said. He did not give the identities of those detained.