Abdelhamid Abaaoud Killed in Saint-Denis Raid: Officials
Abaaoud died along with a woman who blew herself up with a suicide belt when elite police forces stormed the scene.
BY NANCY ING, JAKE CIGAINERO and ALASTAIR JAMIESON, NBC News
PARIS — The Belgian jihadist suspected of being the ringleader of the Paris terrorist attacks was killed during a raid on a suburban apartment, officials said Thursday.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, died during Wednesday's operation in Saint-Denis, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. He was identified by his fingerprints. Officials said his body was bullet-ridden.
Abaaoud died along with a woman who blew herself up with a suicide belt when elite police forces stormed the scene. Another man was killed by a sniper. Eight other people were arrested.
In addition to being the lynchpin of Friday's coordinated assaults in Paris, he had been linked to the thwarted attacks in a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church near the French capital earlier this year.
The son of Moroccan immigrants, Abaaoud was raised in Brussels' Molenbeek neighborhood, which has been the subject of a series of raids since the Paris attacks.
He once boasted about avoiding capture by Western intelligence agencies.