|The 'mastermind' is 26 year old Abdelhamid Abaaoud said to be Belgian of Moroccan origin, privately educated, but latterly has a record of petty crime, and has used the alias Abu Omar al Baljiki.|
From around 4am, UK a major police operation has been underway in the northern Paris area of St Denis. A so called mastermind behind several bombing outrages, and the latest multiple attacks on central Paris locations, is said to be still holding out.
Two suspects killed in firefight, including woman blowing herself up by detonating suicide jacket, and three French police injured. Police Dog killed.
Seven people arrested so far, police stressing this is at 9am an ongoing operation. One more still inside apartment. Identity unclear, Situation very fluid.
Police seems to adding to already substantial resources, in an operation described as an 'end game.' Police taking view that remaining suspects are wearing suicide jackets.
There is also concern after an early morning firefight and the detonation of a suicide jacket by a female suspect at about 4:30 am (local), the target building may be unstable and that neighbouring properties will have to be evacuated.
Substantial equipment being unloaded from vans by police and the military.
Police seem to be ready for the long haul, ideally they need the suspects alive as they have key intelligence. Equally the suspects - its suggested they are all from Belgium.
The mastermind is 26 year old Abdelhamid Abaaoud said to be Belgian of Moroccan origin, privately educated, but latterly has a record of petty crime, and has used the alias Abu Omar al Baljiki.
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