The Man Suspected Of Planning The Paris Attacks Is Reportedly Dead
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man who allegedly orchestrated the Paris terror attacks is reportedly dead.
BREAKING: Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected architect of the Paris attacks, is dead, intelligence officials say https://t.co/oWTFjjERC0 — Mark Berman (@markberman) November 18, 2015
On Wednesday morning, French police commanders raided an apartment in Paris where a woman reportedly triggered a suicide bomb, killing herself and another suspect.
Two senior intelligence officials are now claiming Abdelhamid Abaaoud died in the raid, The Washington Post reports.
The raid apparently lasted around seven hours and involved over 100 police and soldiers.
Abaaoud, an ISIS militant from Belgium, was linked to a number of terrorist operations.
There are conflicting reports regarding whether or not Abaaoud is really dead.*
Paris prosecutor Molins doesn't confirm media reports citing anonymous sources that state Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed in #SaintDenis raid. — Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) November 18, 2015
Washington Post reporting that Abdelhamid Abaaoud is dead, citing two intelligence sources. Reuters cannot confirm #SaintDenis #ParisAttacks — Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) November 18, 2015
#BREAKING Suspected Paris planner Abaaoud not among arrested, bodies still unidentified: prosecutor — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 18, 2015
On Thursday, French prosecutors confirmed Abdelhamid Abaaoud was among those killed in the police raid. Abaaoud was reportedly identified by his fingerprints.**
NEW THIS AM: Abdel Hamid Abaaoud, alleged organizer of #ParisAttacks, killed in raids: https://t.co/LdYPzUXuJG pic.twitter.com/Ur4wXDXhso — ABC News (@ABC) November 19, 2015
BREAKING: French prosecutor confirms Abaaoud among dead killed in Wednesday pre-dawn raid. WaPo was right. — Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) November 19, 2015
French authorities say Abdelhamid Abaaoud is dead, suspected terrorist ringleader of attacks, killed in yesterday's raid. — Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) November 19, 2015
Prosecutor: Abaaoud has been identified dead at the scene by his fingerprints. His body was found "riddled with impacts". #ParisAttacks — Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) November 19, 2015
The Paris terror attacks left at least 129 dead and hundreds injured.
*Editor's note, 1:40 pm (Wednesday): This story was updated after French Prosecutor Francois Molins made a public statement on the police raid.
**Editor's note, 7:45 am (Thursday): This story was updated after French prosecutors released a statement confirming Abaaoud died in the police raid.
Citations: Suspected architect of Paris attacks is dead according to two senior intelligence officials (The Washington Post), An ISIS Militant From Belgium Whose Own Family Wanted Him Dead (The New York Times)