French police lay ambush at an apartment believed to holed up terror suspects
The Paris Authorities are not leaving anything to chance after the weekend attack that left hundreds dead and others severely injured. To track Friday’s massacre masterminds, French police carried out a raid in the northern Paris suburb of St.-Denis on Wednesday morning from which they arrested five people. A female terror suspect is said to have detonated herself with an explosive vest probably the gunfire exchange was extreme for her.
The raid that started at 4.20am was targeting on six suspects. A statement from the prosecutor’s office indicated that the primary goal of the attack was the Belgian militant, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the principal believed to be the organizer of the attacks. However, a male and a female were arrested near the apartment that was the primary focus. It is not established yet if Abaaoud was in the said apartment but police swarmed into action and warned inhabitants to stay indoors after a majority of them were awakened by the gunfire.
Deafening explosions were heard amidst heavy shooting. There was no movement at all as a majority of roads remained shut. Police took charge of the streets as well as the apartment that was surrounded by dozens of police cars. Five police officers suffered slight injuries during the raid, but so far identities of the killed suspects are not known. Nevertheless, there is no certainty as yet whether Abaaoud was also holed up in this apartment.
According to one of the residents who live near the place of the raid, 29-year old Saadana Aymen, Saint-Denis has never been associated with a terrorist. Hence, he is yet to understand why the terrorists choose to it.
A lot of investigations are going on to try and unravel the network behind the attack. Already, investigators have uncovered a clue that includes cellphones used by the attackers. According to counterterrorism and responsible officials, this is likely to give main leads and a big break in the attack.