Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind behind the Paris massacre, said to have been killed in pre-dawn raid in city
Senior intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said forensic experts had identified his remains
But French prosecutor Francois Molins would not confirm this evening if Abaaoud was one of two dead terrorists
He said neither Abaaoud nor Salah Abdeslam, who has been on run since Friday’s attacks, were among the arrested
French police and special forces launched 4.25am operation to storm Saint-Denis flat believing Abaaoud was inside
Female suicide bomber who blew herself up believed to be Abaaoud’s cousin. One other suspect killed by grenade
Woman, named as Hasna Aitboulahcen by unconfirmed reports, is said to have screamed ‘Help me, help’ at police
Five people taken alive from flat and arrested as well as two others ‘nearby’ as stand-off ended after seven hours
Security sources claimed they were ‘fourth unit’ from ISIS cell set to attack Paris’ main airport and shopping centre
An eyewitness identified only as Christian, 20, told Le Parisien: ‘During a ten or fifteen minute lull in the shooting I heard a woman shouting: “Help, help, help me!”
‘The police asked her to identify herself, and to show herself. She held her hands up but she didn’t reveal her face.
‘She withdrew her hands out of sight, and then put them up again several times.
‘The police shouted at her: “Keep your hands in the air!” They told her: “We’re going to shoot.” The shooting resumed. The police were firing from the roof of the building opposite. Suddenly there was an enormous explosion. It was probably the woman who blew herself up.
‘The windows shattered. Lots of objects from the apartment were thrown into the street, pieces of human flesh as well. They are still there. You can see a bit of the head, of skin, of ribs.’
Thibault Chaffotte, another witness, told Liberation: ‘I heard police talking about a blonde woman with long hair. I believe this was the suicide bomber.
They told her: ‘Don’t lower your arms. Put your hands in the air. Afterwards, there was a very loud explosion. I think that’s when she activated her bomb. It was big. Many of the windows in the road shattered.’
A seven-year-old sniffer dog called Diesel sent into the block to look for booby traps was killed in the blast. Another terror suspect was killed by a grenade blast.
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