Paris attacks mastermind ‘killed’ in police siege as he plotted airport atrocity



A deadly plot to attack an international airport has been foiled in raids by police hunting the Paris terror masterminds.

The Islamic State plotters were “ready to act” again with devastating strikes on the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport and a popular shopping centre, authorities said.

Security forces found “a total war arsenal including Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosive belts” as they swooped on two neighbouring flats in the Saint-Denis area in the north of the French capital, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who orchestrated last week’s carnage in the city, was killed in the raid, according to US intelligence sources.

And the female suicide bomber who blew herself up was well-known to French security forces.

Hasna Aitboulahcen is believed to be Abaaoud’s cousin and had “offered her services to commit terrorist attacks in France”.
She had been under “triple surveillance” from French intelligence, judges and the police for drugs running and terror probes.

READ MORE: Paris Charles de Gaulle airport searched by police for ‘links to radicalisation’ following terror attacks

Seconds before her death she confronted police from the top floor apartment.
Officers were heard shouting: “Where’s your boyfriend?”

She screamed: “He’s not my boyfriend!”
Police once again shouted: “Where is he?”

She then screamed “help me help me” before detonating her device.

A police dog died and seven people were arrested when officers stormed two flats near the Stade de France, a target of last week’s massacre believed to have been orchestrated by Abaaoud.

Officers fired 5,000 bullets during the raid in Paris, US intelligence sources have claimed.
The French authorities were unable to confirm Abaaoud’s death until DNA results were in.
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But they did say neither Abaaoud or his fellow terrorist Salah Abdeslam were among those arrested.

The fierce gun battle left two dead, seven arrested and five police officers were injured.

During the siege a brave decorated French police dog called Diesel was killed.
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Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said it was “extremely difficult” as the armoured door did not come down straight away, allowing the terrorists to get fire back.

Bur he revealed the terror cell was “ready to act” again and that France had “neutralised” it.

He said: “A new team of terrorists was neutralised and all indications are that given their arms, their organisational structure and their determination, the commando of jihadis could have struck.”

The siege began at 4.25am after police intercepted text messages and emails which indicated Abaaoud was in the apartment Saint Denis.

Locals told how they thought they “would certainly die” as the terrorists turned their neighbourhood into a “war zone”.

Rachid Boucerrou, 65, leapt from his bed when the firefight began.
The siege began at 4.25am after police intercepted text messages and emails which indicated Abaaoud was in the apartment Saint Denis.

Locals told how they thought they “would certainly die” as the terrorists turned their neighbourhood into a “war zone”.

He said: “The noise was incredible, I leapt out of bed and immediately went to the window.

“I could hear loud explosions and gunfire, it was rapid and prolonged.

“Then there were some huge bangs, it sounded like bombs being detonated, I thought we are in a war zone.

“I was in the house with my wife and son, I told them to get back from the window.

“We were scared there would be a gunman on the loose.

“The entire city has been on edge since last week’s attacks, the suicide bombers blew themselves up less than two kilometres from here and we thought it was all happening again.”

Another neighbour Karim Hassi, 33, said: “I thought the world was ending and we would certainly die, the sounds were deafening.

“Police were shouting to us to get away from the roads and off the streets.

“My family were absolutely terrified, everyone here is living like this in fear.”

Lotfi, a 50-year-old who was in the area, said: “I heard police officers talking to a woman with long blonde hair.

“I think she was the kamikaze. They told her not to lower her arms, to keep her hands up in the air, and then there was a massive explosion.

“I think that’s when she detonated her bomb. It really was a very loud explosion.
“Lots of windows on the street were shattered, and then the firefight started and it was going on nonstop.”

Jawad Ben Dowt, 30, admitted in an interview near the under siege apartment on Rue de Corbillon he handed it over to two men “who came from Belgium” two days ago.

He said: “A friend of mine asked me to host two of his buddies for a few days.
“I said there was no mattress, they told me ‘it’s okay’, they just wanted water and to pray. My friend said they were from Belgium.

“I was asked to a favour and I said yes. I was not aware that it was terrorists’ – moments later police grabbed him and put him in handcuffs.”

French police said as well as the attack on Charles de Gaulle airport the terror cell was targeting the Quatre Temps shopping centre in the city’s business district, Le Défense.
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AFPFirefighters and policemen are gathered in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis city centerTerror raids: Firefighters and policemen are gathered in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
A deadly plot to attack an international airport has been foiled in raids by police hunting the Paris terror masterminds.

The Islamic State plotters were “ready to act” again with devastating strikes on the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport and a popular shopping centre, authorities said.

Security forces found “a total war arsenal including Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosive belts” as they swooped on two neighbouring flats in the Saint-Denis area in the north of the French capital, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who orchestrated last week’s carnage in the city, was killed in the raid, according to US intelligence sources.

DAILY RECORDSaint-Denis police raids after Paris terrorist attacksArrests: Saint-Denis police raids after Paris terrorist attacks
And the female suicide bomber who blew herself up was well-known to French security forces.

Hasna Aitboulahcen is believed to be Abaaoud’s cousin and had “offered her services to commit terrorist attacks in France”.

Universal News And SportLocal TV images as french police take one into custody during a raid in Saint-Denis – A woman has blown herself up and a suspect was shot dead during a police raid on a flat in a Paris suburb, while seven arrests were madeRaids: 110 officers took part in the operation
She had been under “triple surveillance” from French intelligence, judges and the police for drugs running and terror probes.

READ MORE: Paris Charles de Gaulle airport searched by police for ‘links to radicalisation’ following terror attacks

Seconds before her death she confronted police from the top floor apartment.

Daily MirrorFrench police arresting a man during the raids in the St Denis area of ParisCaught: French police arresting a man during the raids in the St Denis area of Paris
Officers were heard shouting: “Where’s your boyfriend?”

She screamed: “He’s not my boyfriend!”

READ MORE: Blonde suicide bomber shouted ‘help me’ to cops before explosion

Police once again shouted: “Where is he?”

She then screamed “help me help me” before detonating her device.

RexPolice officers detain a man on the ground inside a shopping mall in Saint-DenisPolice operation: Police officers detain a man on the ground inside a shopping mall in Saint-Denis
A police dog died and seven people were arrested when officers stormed two flats near the Stade de France, a target of last week’s massacre believed to have been orchestrated by Abaaoud.

Officers fired 5,000 bullets during the raid in Paris, US intelligence sources have claimed.

READ MORE: Police dog Diesel killed by terrorists in Saint-Denis siege after brave act

The French authorities were unable to confirm Abaaoud’s death until DNA results were in.

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But they did say neither Abaaoud or his fellow terrorist Salah Abdeslam were among those arrested.

The fierce gun battle left two dead, seven arrested and five police officers were injured.

During the siege a brave decorated French police dog called Diesel was killed.

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Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said it was “extremely difficult” as the armoured door did not come down straight away, allowing the terrorists to get fire back.

Bur he revealed the terror cell was “ready to act” again and that France had “neutralised” it.

He said: “A new team of terrorists was neutralised and all indications are that given their arms, their organisational structure and their determination, the commando of jihadis could have struck.”

DAILY RECORDSaint-Denis police raids after Paris terrorist attacksDawn attack: Saint-Denis police raids after Paris terrorist attacks
The siege began at 4.25am after police intercepted text messages and emails which indicated Abaaoud was in the apartment Saint Denis.

Locals told how they thought they “would certainly die” as the terrorists turned their neighbourhood into a “war zone”.

Rachid Boucerrou, 65, leapt from his bed when the firefight began.

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He said: “The noise was incredible, I leapt out of bed and immediately went to the window.

“I could hear loud explosions and gunfire, it was rapid and prolonged.

“Then there were some huge bangs, it sounded like bombs being detonated, I thought we are in a war zone.

GettyA forensic of the French police searches for evidences in the appartment raided by French Police special forces earlier in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-DenisFighting back: A forensic of the French police searches for evidence in the apartment raided by French Police
“I was in the house with my wife and son, I told them to get back from the window.

“We were scared there would be a gunman on the loose.

“The entire city has been on edge since last week’s attacks, the suicide bombers blew themselves up less than two kilometres from here and we thought it was all happening again.”

Mohamed K, the suspected bomb maker in the Paris attacksWanted: Mohamed K, the suspected bomb maker in the Paris attacks
Another neighbour Karim Hassi, 33, said: “I thought the world was ending and we would certainly die, the sounds were deafening.

“Police were shouting to us to get away from the roads and off the streets.

“My family were absolutely terrified, everyone here is living like this in fear.”

GettyForensics of the French police search for evidences outside a building in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, on November 18, 2015Hunt: French police search for evidence
Lotfi, a 50-year-old who was in the area, said: “I heard police officers talking to a woman with long blonde hair.

“I think she was the kamikaze. They told her not to lower her arms, to keep her hands up in the air, and then there was a massive explosion.

“I think that’s when she detonated her bomb. It really was a very loud explosion.

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“Lots of windows on the street were shattered, and then the firefight started and it was going on nonstop.”

Jawad Ben Dowt, 30, admitted in an interview near the under siege apartment on Rue de Corbillon he handed it over to two men “who came from Belgium” two days ago.

He said: “A friend of mine asked me to host two of his buddies for a few days.

AFPMembers of the Raid, a special intervention unit of the French police patrol in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis city centerLying in wait: Members of the Raid, a special intervention unit of the French police patrol in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
“I said there was no mattress, they told me ‘it’s okay’, they just wanted water and to pray. My friend said they were from Belgium.

“I was asked to a favour and I said yes. I was not aware that it was terrorists’ – moments later police grabbed him and put him in handcuffs.”

French police said as well as the attack on Charles de Gaulle airport the terror cell was targeting the Quatre Temps shopping centre in the city’s business district, Le Défense.

GettyForensic of the French police search for evidences outside the appartment raided by French Police special forces earlier in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-DenisBloody: 110 officers took part in the raids
A further 118 raids took place across France, bringing the total since last week’s attack to 414.

An extra 25 people were arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

And anti-terror units in Belgium are on high alert after a manhunt was launched for the master bombmaker who devised suicide vests for the ISIS death squads who carried out the Paris massacre.
The explosives experts, named by security services as Caribbean-born Mohamed K, was at the centre of a frantic manhunt after being identified as one of the terror group’s most highly skilled operatives.

His picture was circulated to local police after French intelligence issued an a major alert to Belgium counter-terror services that the suspect, who lived in northern France, had crossed the border
Mohamed is described as extremely dangerous due to his intricate knowledge of explosives and detonation devices – honed during trips to ISIS training camps in Syria.

He was born in the French Antilles before his family moved to the town of Roubaix when he was young.

He is understood to have been in contact with terror fugitive Salah Abdeslam, dubbed Public Enemy Number One, before and after the atrocities on Friday night.

Investigators in Brussels warned: “He could now be in Belgium and must be recovered faster than Abdeslam.”

It is understood he may have supplied the suicide vest detonated in the bloody five-hour siege in Paris.

A Jewish teacher was stabbed by three people claiming to be ISIS militants in the southern French city of Marseilles. Prosecutors in the city said the teacher’s life was not in danger.

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