Paris anti-terror raid live - Live coverage - The Independent

Paris anti-terror raid live

  • British schools have reportedly been warned to cancel trips to France in the wake of the attacks.

    The advice, issued by the Foreign Office, is in line with that sent out by its French counterpart. 

    As part of the national state of emergency, the French Ministry of Education has cancelled all school trips within France by French schools until Sunday."


    11/18/2015 12:00:00 AM
  • A massive police operation underway in the northern Paris suburb of Saint Denis.
    11/18/2015 6:33:57 AM
  • Witnesses reported gunfire from around 4.30am Paris time.
    11/18/2015 6:34:13 AM
  • Dozens of soldiers are arriving at the scene to join Swat teams.
    11/18/2015 6:34:35 AM
  • Up to five suspects are reported to be holed up in the apartment at the centre of a raid.
    11/18/2015 6:35:03 AM
  • At least two explosions have been heard at scene.
    11/18/2015 6:35:16 AM
  • One person has been confirmed dead. It is unclear whether this is a suspect or a member of the security services.

    11/18/2015 6:35:45 AM
  • The suspected 'mastermind' behind Friday's terror attacks in the French capital, the Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is reported to be the target of this morning's raid
    11/18/2015 6:36:55 AM
  • French radio station Europe1 is reporting that a woman wearing a suicide vest has been arrested.
    11/18/2015 6:43:55 AM
  • Ambulances line the streets of the Paris suburb Saint Denis.
    (EPA) 


    11/18/2015 6:44:58 AM
  • Here's some amateur footage captured earlier


    11/18/2015 6:50:19 AM
  • French media are now reporting that a woman wearing a suicide belt was killed when the device detonated.
    11/18/2015 6:51:50 AM
  • Reports now say that three people are dead.
    11/18/2015 6:55:20 AM
  • First reported death: Female suicide bomber who blew up vest.
    11/18/2015 6:55:32 AM
  • Second: A suspect shot dead by a sniper.
    11/18/2015 6:55:42 AM
  • Third: A passerby was also reported killed.
    11/18/2015 6:55:56 AM
  • 11/18/2015 7:09:55 AM
  • Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian named as the 'mastermind' behind Friday's terror attacks is reported to be the target of today's raid. Here's what we know about him:
    11/18/2015 7:11:13 AM
  • Police have confirmed that the operation is ongoing. At least one person is still inside the apartment.
    11/18/2015 7:11:55 AM
  • A police source tells the Associated Press that three people have been arrested so far.
    11/18/2015 7:13:46 AM
  • Around 100 soldiers have been brought in to the area
    Reuters 


    11/18/2015 7:29:22 AM
  • Four police officers have been injured.
    11/18/2015 7:45:35 AM
  • Police are now saying two people have been arrested.
    11/18/2015 7:46:18 AM
  • A CNN reporter at the scene is saying that the siege is coming to a close:


    11/18/2015 7:51:25 AM
  • Here is a statement from the Paris prosecutor:
     Three men, who were holed up in the apartment, were extracted by armed police and put in custody. Their identities have not been established at this stage. Additionally, a man and a woman were arrested and placed in custody in the immediate vicinity of the apartment.


    11/18/2015 8:00:49 AM
  • Le Parisien reports that a resident in a neighbouring home to the one besieged by police was "lightly injured" while standing by his window.
    11/18/2015 8:02:21 AM
  • Waiting for more details from police on total number of suspects. For now: 3 suspects dead. Also, 3 police wounded.
  • Saint-Denis raid videos show dramatic police shoot-out with Paris attack suspects

    The IndependentVideos have started to emerge from the dramatic police shootout with terror suspects in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. A series of large explosions and gunfire broke out at around 4.30am local time, as officers supported by the French army launched a massive operation in the wake of the mass shootings on Friday night. Police officials said the raids were aimed at apprehending the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, though his presence in Saint-Denis was yet to be confirmed.
    11/18/2015 8:04:49 AM
  • Here is the first statement from the prosecutor's office. It says the raid started at 4.20am local time (3.20am GMT). Shortly afterwards, a woman came out of the apartment and detonated her suicide vest. Three men inside the home were seized by armed police officers and put in custody. They have not been nmaed.
    A man and woman have also been arrested nearby. A spokesperson added that detained relatives of bombers Ismael Mostefai and Sami Amimour have been released.


    11/18/2015 8:17:14 AM
  • So to summarise:
    • Female suicide bomber dead and one suspects reportedly shot by police
    • Three men from the same home arrested
    • Man and a woman arrested nearby
    11/18/2015 8:18:44 AM
  • The target of the raid is the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, although police have not confirmed whether he was in the apartment.
    11/18/2015 8:25:13 AM
  • Armed police have now reportedly entered the Town Hall in Saint-Denis and there are also reports of what sounded like gunfire heard across a square.
    11/18/2015 8:28:18 AM
  • Troop carriers moving from the cordon at scene of police raids in Saint-Denis, Paris

  • Police have told Associated Press that one suspect is still holed up in the apartment as the standoff continues. No identities have been confirmed.
    11/18/2015 8:34:40 AM
  • Our correspondent Kim Sengupta is in Saint-Denis this morning, where he describes the whole area "locked down".

    Lots of explosions early on. Grenades , it sounded like RPGs
    possibly, AK fire, half-dozen explosions.
    Soldiers as well as policeman here,
    some masked.
    Firing for at least two hours. 



    He says one of the injured police officers appeared to be wounded "very seriously".

    11/18/2015 8:37:57 AM
  • Everything we know about the latest Paris shootings in Saint-Denis

    The IndependentThree people are believed to have been killed in an armed police raid on an apartment in the Parisien suburb of Saint-Denis - at least two of them suspects linked to Friday's terrorist attacks, in which 129 people died.  Heavy gunfire and seven explosions were reported in the northern district of the city at around 4.30am Wednesday, local time. One of those reported to have died was a woman who blew herself up while wearing a suicide belt. 
    11/18/2015 8:40:25 AM
  • French channel BFM TV managed to interview the man who rented out the apartment in rue du Corbillon to the suspects before he was arrested.
    He said he rented it out to two people from Belgium, adding; "A friend asked me to host two of his mates for a few days. I was asked to help and I gave it, I was not aware that they were terrorists."
    He was then handcuffed and taken away by police.
    11/18/2015 8:48:59 AM
  • A police dog was also reportedly killed during the raid this morning. 

    11/18/2015 8:49:50 AM
  • No more news on the sighting of armed police reportedly entering the town hall. The situation in Saint-Denis is still changing very quickly and witness reports have not been officially confirmed.
    11/18/2015 8:54:52 AM
  • Mother died using her body to shield her five-year-old son from bullets during theatre massacre

    The IndependentA five-year-old boy survived the massacre in Paris's Bataclan theatre after he was sheltered from the bullets by the body of his dead mother.  Louis had been attending the Eagles of Death Metal concert with his mother Elsa Delplace, 35, and his grandmother Patricia San Martin, 61, when it was attacked by terrorist gunmen.  Ms Delplace and Ms San Martin were both shot dead as they tried to protect him - leaving him covered in blood. 
    11/18/2015 8:57:24 AM
  • A woman who lives beneath the besieged flat has described waking up to the sound of an explosion this morning.
    Sabrine, who lives on the floor below the apartment, told BFM TV:

    "I woke up to an explosion. Then heard gunshots and there was lots of shooting. The terrorists were firing at the police and the police were firing back.

    There were shots, explosions. We didn’t know where to go. My son and I were panicking. There was dust falling from the ceiling because of the explosions. I kept shouting ‘If you’re from the police, please help me. I’m here with my baby.
     But they kept shooting and shooting.


    11/18/2015 9:02:51 AM
  • There are concerns that the building where one suspect is still reportedly hiding could be booby-trapped with explosives, the BBC reports.
    11/18/2015 9:04:25 AM
  • A summary of the current status of the Paris attacks suspects

    11/18/2015 9:07:16 AM
  • A few minutes ago a Le Monde journalist at the scene reported the sound of more possible gunshots, then silence. The report is unconfirmed.

    11/18/2015 9:10:06 AM
  • Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the US that had to be diverted because of anonymous threats have been given the all-clear.

    Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles to Charles de Gaulle was diverted to Salt Lake City. At about the same time, Air France 5, took off from Dulles International Airport outside Washington and was diverted to Halifax on Canada's east coast, officials said.

    11/18/2015 9:15:18 AM
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