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2 dead, 7 arrested in Paris terror raid

1 year 2 weeks 2 days ago November 18, 2015 Nov 18, 2015 Wednesday, November 18 2015 November 18, 2015 4:28 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PARIS, FRANCE- Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says authorities are working to determine the fate of the suspected mastermind of last week's Paris attacks after a seven-hour police raid on an apartment where he was believed to be hiding.

Francois Molins says the police began the raid Wednesday after gathering information that suspect Abdelhamid Abaaoud could be in a safe house apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Molins said the information was collected from tapped telephone conversations, surveillance and witness accounts.

He told reporters in Saint-Denis after the operation was over that authorities are still working to determine who was inside. Seven people were arrested and two suspects were killed according to police, including a female suicide bomber who detonated an explosive vest.

Several police were injured, and the National Police said in a tweet that a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois named Diesel, a SWAT team assault dog, was "killed by terrorists" during the raid.

Gunfire could be heard in video posted to social media during the raid.

A White House official says President Barack Obama has been briefed on the operation. This is a French law enforcement operation, but the president asked to be updated, the official said.

Obama is in Manila for an economic summit. The official was not authorized to discuss the briefing further.

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