Paris: Shooting and multiple explosions were heard Wednesday as police launched a raid in a Paris suburb targeting the Islamic State militant suspected of being the mastermind of last Friday’s attacks in the French capital.
Authorities said they were seeking Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian national of Moroccan descent, and that at least one person was still holed up in an apartment in Saint-Denis five hours after the operation began.
In addition to the suicide bomber, police said one other person was killed and three officers were injured. A statement from the prosecutor’s office said three people from the apartment were arrested and two other individuals were detained near the site.
At least seven explosions have been heard at the scene of a police standoff with suspects in last week’s deadly Paris attacks.
At least three police were injured in the operation targeting Belgian terrorist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be the mastermind of the attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129.
Associated Press reporters at the scene could hear what sounded like grenade blasts from the direction of the standoff in the heart of the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
The source of the blasts is unclear. Police say several people are holed up in an apartment and several police have been injured in an operation that has lasted at least three hours on Wednesday morning.