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Paris attacks: ‘Ringleader’ Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in raid


The suspected ringleader of the attacks in Paris, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was among those killed in a French police raid, prosecutors say.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he had received intelligence that Abaaoud had passed through Greece.

Confirming the Islamic State (IS) militant left for Syria last year, he said no EU states signalled his return.

The minister also implicated Abaaoud in four out of six attacks foiled in France since this spring.

Earlier on Thursday, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed that Abaaoud was among those killed when anti-terror police raided a flat in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis.

His body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel in a shattered apartment in the northern suburb.

The Belgian national, 28, was identified from his fingerprints.

Friday’s gun and suicide bomb attacks in the French capital left 129 people dead and hundreds injured.

Eight people were arrested and at least two killed in the raid on the property in Saint Denis. Heavily armed police stormed the building after a tip-off that Abaaoud was in Paris.

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