Raid near Paris was “right on time,” police source says, adding suspects “about to move on some kind of operation.” At least 2 suspects dead, 7 arrested, French Interior minister says. One of the dead suspects blew herself up, the prosecutor’s office said.
The raid focused on two different apartments on the same street, a Paris police source told CNN. The raid on one group led to a raid on another group. The location had been under surveillance since Tuesday, the source added.
Five officers were lightly wounded and a police dog was killed in the raid, according to police.
• 6:33 a.m. ET: Surveillance and testimony helped authorities determine that it was likely that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of last week’s Paris attacks, was in an apartment in Saint-Denis, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. He did not say whether Abaaoud was among the seven detained or two killed in Wednesday’s raid in the Paris suburb.
• 6:30 a.m. ET: Phones helped lead authorities to the Saint-Denis street where the Wednesday morning operation took place, an official said.
• 6:28 a.m. ET: Three people inside one apartment were arrested, one woman blew herself up and another suspected terrorist was killed, according to Molins. Four others, including the person who lent the apartment to the suspected terrorists and his friend, were also taken into custody.
• 6:19 a.m. ET: Seven people were detained and two people died in an operation against “terrorists” in Saint-Denis on Wednesday morning, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
• 6:17 a.m. ET: The Saint-Denis raid focused on two apartments on the same street, a Paris police source said. One of the raids led to the second raid, and one of the locations had been under surveillance since Tuesday, according to the source.
• 6:14 a.m. ET: Air France announced that someone phoned in “anonymous threats” after two of its flights from the United States destined for Paris had taken off. Those threats were later determined to be “false,” according to the airline.
• 5:46 a.m. ET: The police raid is over, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said.
• 5:24 a.m. ET: The number of terrorist suspects killed in the raid stands at two, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office. A police source had earlier told CNN that three suspects were killed. Seven people have been arrested, including three men who were removed from inside the apartment, the prosecutor’s office said.
• 5:24 a.m. ET: The suspects targeted in Saint-Denis were “about to move on some kind of operation,” police sources told CNN, saying the raid was “right on time. “
• 4:48 a.m. ET: The operation is still in progress, the French National Police said. Five officers were lightly wounded and a police dog was killed in the raid, according to police.
• 3:07 a.m. ET: A female suspect killed herself at the scene by activating her suicide belt, the prosecutor’s office said.
• 2:52 a.m. ET: The police operation is “absolutely not over,” said Matthieu Hanotin, a lawmaker for Saint-Denis. He told French radio that police believe that there are still heavily armed terrorists inside the building. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira had earlier suggested the raid was “coming to an end.”
• 2:16 a.m. ET: One of the terrorist suspects killed was shot by a police sniper, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. A civilian passerby was killed during the operation, the broadcaster said.
• 1:32 a.m. ET: A series of explosions is heard in the area. The cause of the blasts wasn’t immediately clear.
• Police and soldiers have cordoned off the zone and all public transportation in the area has been halted. Residents have been warned to stay inside.