Three terrorist suspects killed in Paris suburb

French raid in Saint-Denis - residents evacuated

Saint-Denis, France (CNN) – Three terrorist suspects have been killed in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis during an ongoing security operation linked to the deadly attacks that rocked the French capital five days ago, a police source said. The targets of the raid are believed to have included the purported ringleader of the attacks.

Latest developments:

4:24 a.m. ET: The operation is still in progress, the French National Police said. Five officers have been lightly wounded in the raid, the police force said.

3:07 a.m. ET: Five people have been arrested during the operation, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. They include three men who were removed from the apartment at the heart of the raid, and a man and a woman who were detained near the apartment, the prosecutor’s office said. It also confirmed that a woman killed herself at the scene by activating her suicide belt.

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.”

2:47 a.m. ET: Three suspected terrorists have been killed in the raid, a police source told CNN.

2:16 a.m. ET: One of the terrorist suspects killed was shot by a police sniper, and another was a woman who died after her suicide vest exploded, the broadcaster reported. A civilian passerby was killed during the operation, it said.

2:08 a.m. ET: Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, is one of the potential targets of the operation, a senior Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN. The official cautioned that French and Belgian authorities weren’t certain that Abaaoud was at the location when they launched the raid in search of high priority targets.

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.

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