Last night beginning at 4:25am Paris time, police forces raided the the neighborhood of Saint Denis – believed to be occupied by Paris attack mastermind, 27 year old Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He was previously believed to be in Syria.
As police moved in they were engaged in a fierce firefight with residents of the building, including a woman with long blonde hair believed to be Abaaoud’s jihadi bride or cousin, fired AK-47 rounds at officers.
When a police dog named Diesel was sent in the room for boobie traps, the woman detonated her suicide belt. This came after a fellow terrorist was killed while she tried to kill officers with a grenade. Tributes for this canine unsung hero began flooding in on social media:
RIP Diesel. Police dogs are often the unsung heroes in situations like these.
When all was said and done, three men were arrested inside the apartment, two were arrested when found hiding in the rubble and the two men that provided the place for them to live were also arrested. The two owners claim to have had no idea.
Here are some photos and videos from last night:
From the Daily Mail:
A female terrorist wearing a suicide vest has blown herself up and another jihadi was killed by a grenade during a six-hour siege on a flat where police believe the mastermind behind the Paris massacres was hiding with six other ISIS terrorists.
The stand-off between 110 armed officers and the terror cell ended as a bloodied and half-naked suspect was dragged out of an apartment block in Saint-Denis – close to the Stade de France.
The gunfight started at 4.25am when SWAT teams and special forces surrounded the building believing it contained Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, the architect of the plots that killed 129 people on Friday. The French authorities will not say if he was there or if he is dead or alive.
A woman ‘with long blonde hair’ who may be Abaaoud’s jihadi bride or cousin is said to have fired her AK-47 at police before blowing herself up as an assault squad stormed their hideout. As she tried to murder the police another terror suspect was killed by a grenade blast.
Police said that five people in the flat and apartment block were taken alive and arrested while two others including the flat’s owner were held ‘nearby’.