Heavy Gunfire During Anti-Terrorist Operations in Paris

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Paris: Heavy gunfire broke out in northern Paris during a raid by police investigating the Paris attacks, sources said on Wednesday, as police hunted those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital.

Several police were wounded in the raid, said a source close to the operation, which began before dawn in the suburb of Saint Denis. Police sources said unidentified men were still holed up in an apartment.

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The area is home to the Stade de France, one of several places hit by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday in the worst ever attack on French soil, which was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Firemen told they joined the operation against “an armed group holed up in an apartment” at 4:31 AM (0331 GMT), without giving any further details, adding that one person was lightly hurt.

parisThe area was closed down and intermittent gunfire could still be heard an hour after it started. The area was closed down and intermittent gunfire could still be heard an hour after it started.

Another source said a special armed response unit took part in the raid, which comes as Europe was on high alert after footage from the scene of one of Friday’s attacks revealed a ninth suspect may have taken part.

Another source said a special armed response unit took part in the raid, which comes as Europe was on high alert after footage from the scene of one of Friday’s attacks revealed a ninth suspect may have taken part.

It was not clear if this ninth man was one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or was on the run, potentially with 26-year-old fugitive Frenchman Salah Abdeslam who carried out one of the attacks at Bonne Biere cafe along with his suicide-bomber brother Brahim.

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday will hold a meeting to discuss proposals to extend by three months the state of emergency declared after the worst attacks in French history. It will then be put to vote by lawmakers Thursday and Friday.

In a sign of the nervousness gripping Europe after Friday’s carnage, a football match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled Tuesday and the crowd evacuated after police acted on a “serious” bomb threat.

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