The suspected mastermind behind the deadly attacks in Paris was killed in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, the city prosecutor’s office announced Thursday.
Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins’ office said the body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian, was identified through DNA testing based on skin samples. The body was found in the apartment building targeted in the chaotic and bloody raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday.
Police launched the operation after receiving information from tapped phone calls, surveillance and tip-offs suggesting that Abaaoud was holed up there.
Police said that Abaaoud cousin was also killed and that she is believed to be the woman who blew herself up with an explosives vest at the beginning of the raid. Eight people were arrested in the operation.