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Suspected Ringleader Of Paris Attacks Confirmed Dead

(Reuters) -- The suspected mastermind of last week's Paris attacks was killed in the police raid of an apartment north of the capital, French officials said on Thursday (November 19).

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian militant who had boasted of mounting attacks in Europe for the Islamic State, was accused of orchestrating last Friday's coordinated bombings and shootings in the French capital, which killed 129 people.

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This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud the Belgian jihadi suspected of masterminding deadly attacks in Paris was killed in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, the city prosecutor's office announced Thursday Nov. 1, 2015. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins' office said 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud was identified based on skin samples. His body was found in the apartment building targeted in the chaotic and bloody raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday. (Militant photo via AP)
This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud, the child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital’s Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, was identified by French authorities on Monday Nov. 16, 2015, as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks last Friday in Paris that killed over a hundred people and injured hundreds more. (Militant Photo via AP)
This undated image taken from a Militant Website on Monday Nov. 16, 2015 showing Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. A French official says Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks was also linked to thwarted train and church attacks. (Militant video via AP)
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This undated photo released late Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, by Greece's migration policy ministry shows a registration photo from a document issued to 25-year old Ahmad Almohammad, holder of a Syrian passport found near a dead assailant in the scene of a Paris attack Friday. The document was issued on Sunday, Oct. 4 by authorities on the Greek island of Leros, where the man arrived a day earlier on a frail boat carrying migrants over from Turkey. It protects him from deportation for six months, and is the same documentation routinely issued to thousands of newly-arrived migrants. (Greek Migration Ministry via AP)
This undated photo released late Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, by Greece's migration policy ministry shows a document issued to 25-year old Ahmad Almohammad, holder of a Syrian passport found near a dead assailant in the scene of a Paris attack Friday. The document was issued on Sunday, Oct. 4 by authorities on the Greek island of Leros, where the man arrived a day earlier on a frail boat carrying migrants over from Turkey. It protects him from deportation for six months, and is the same documentation routinely issued to thousands of newly-arrived migrants. On the right is a copy of his fingerprints, taken on Saturday, Oct. 3. (Greek Migration Policy Ministry via AP)

This undated file photo provided by French Police shows 26-year old Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. French police released the wanted notice and photo of the suspect on the run since the attacks in Paris on Friday. The notice, released on the France National Police Twitter account, says anyone seeing Salah Abdeslam, should consider him dangerous. (Police Nationale via AP)

This undated file photo released Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, by French Police shows 26-year old Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue. The notice, released on the national police Twitter account, says anyone seeing Salah Abdeslam, should consider him dangerous and call authorities immediately. The notice reads in French: "Call for witnesses - Police are hunting a suspect : Salah Abdeslam, born on Sept. 15, 1989 Brussels, Belgium. ...Dangerous individual don't intervene yourself". (Police Nationale via AP)
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The Paris prosecutor said it was his body they had discovered in the building, riddled with bullets, a day after the pre-dawn raid. The prosecutor later added that it was unclear whether Abaaoud had detonated a suicide belt.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls broke the news in Parliament to applause from lawmakers who were voting on Thursday to extend the country's state of emergency for another three months.

"Most of you already know this but thanks to the operation that was lead yesterday, the raid by the BRI (elite research and intervention police units), the French prosecutor has just confirmed that we now know that Abaaoud, the mastermind of the attacks - or one of the masterminds should I say, we should remain prudent, we know the extent of the threat - was found amongst those who were killed. I would like to pay tribute once again to the incredible work done by our intelligence services and the police," Valls told reporters.

Confirmation that Abaaoud was in Paris will focus more attention on European security services, who ahead of Friday's attacks had thought he was still in Syria.

Early on Wednesday morning, investigations led police to the house where Abaaoud was holed up in the Paris suburb of St. Denis. Heavily armed officers stormed the building before dawn, triggering a massive firefight and multiple explosions.

Officials had said on Wednesday that two people were killed in the raid, including a female suicide bomber who blew herself up. Forensic scientists were trying to determine whether a third person had died. Eight people were arrested.

Two police sources and a source close to the investigation told Reuters the St. Denis cell had been planning a fresh attack on Paris's La Defense business district. A source close to the investigation said the female bomber who was killed might have been Abaaoud's cousin.

Investigators believe the attacks -- the deadliest in France since World War Two -- were set in motion in Syria, with Islamist cells in neighboring Belgium organizing the mayhem.

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A NYPD officer stands guard inside the Times Square subway station in New York on March 22, 2016, following a series of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in Brussels, Belgium. Airports across Europe swiftly boosted security, while across the Atlantic, New York and Washington ordered security personnel to key areas. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton (2nd-L) speaks to the media next to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) in New York, March 22, 2016, following a series of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in Brussels, Belgium. Airports across Europe swiftly boosted security, while across the Atlantic, New York and Washington ordered security personnel to key areas. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ/AFP/Getty Images)
UNION SQUARE PARK, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/03/22: In solidarity with the Belgian people, NYC residents held a candlelight vigil in Union Square Park to commemorate the victims of the bomb attacks in Brussels which claimed at least 30 lives and wounded over two hundred. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (C )walks inside Times Square subway station secured by police March 22, 2016, as securiy measures are tightened following a series of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group at the airport and a metro train in Brussels, Belgium, killing around 35 people in the latest attack to bring carnage to the heart of Europe. Airports across Europe swiftly boosted security, while across the Atlantic, New York and Washington ordered security personnel to key areas. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (2nd-L) speaks with police officers on guard in the Times Square subway station in New York, March 22, 2016, as securiy measures have been tightened following a series of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group at the airport and a metro train in Brussels, Belgium, killing around 35 people in the latest attack to bring carnage to the heart of Europe. Airports across Europe swiftly boosted security, while across the Atlantic, New York and Washington ordered security personnel to key areas. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Heavily armed police patrol the streets in lower Manhattan following a heightened terror alert after attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels on March 22, 2016 in New York City. Dozens are thought to have been killed after numerous bombs were set off at the Brussels airport and Metro. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Heavily armed police patrol the streets in lower Manhattan following a heightened terror alert after attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels on March 22, 2016 in New York City. Dozens are thought to have been killed after numerous bombs were set off at the Brussels airport and Metro. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Heavily armed police patrol the streets in lower Manhattan following a heightened terror alert after attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels on March 22, 2016 in New York City. Dozens are thought to be killed after numerous bombs were set off at the Brussels airport and Metro. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A heavily armed New York city police officer with the Strategic Response Group stands guard at the armed forces recruiting center in New York's Times Square, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Police in New York say they've deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city "out of an abundance of caution" in the wake of the attacks in Paris, France. A New York Police Department statement released Friday stressed police have "no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Heavily armed New York city police officers with the Strategic Response Group stand guard in New York's Times Square, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Police in New York say they've deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city "out of an abundance of caution" in the wake of the attacks in Paris, France. A New York Police Department statement released Friday stressed police have "no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Heavily armed New York city police officers with the Strategic Response Group stand guard at the armed forces recruiting center in New York's Times Square, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Police in New York say they've deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city "out of an abundance of caution" in the wake of the attacks in Paris, France. A New York Police Department statement released Friday stressed police have "no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Heavily armed New York city police officers with the Strategic Response Group patrol New York's Times Square, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. Police in New York say they've deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city "out of an abundance of caution" in the wake of the attacks in Paris, France. A New York Police Department statement released Friday stressed police have "no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Police officers stand guard in Times Square, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in New York. The New York Police Department says it's aware of a newly released Islamic State group video showing images of Times Square but says there's no current or specific threat to the city. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)
In this photo provided by WNYW Fox 5 NY, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. The New York Police Department says it's aware of a newly released Islamic State group video showing images of Times Square but says there's no current or specific threat to the city. (WNYW Fox 5 NY via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NEW YORK OUT; NEW JERSEY OUT; TELEVISION OUT
NYPD officers stand guard at the 9/11 memorial in New York on November 16, 2015, during a vigil for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. A series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris on November 13 that killed at least 129 people and injured 352 in scenes of carnage at a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: The first deployment of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton announced the formation of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau in order to respond to terrorist threats like the recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton announces the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton announces the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPDÃs new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton (right) announces the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton (right) announces the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (left) listens, on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: The first deployment of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton announced the formation of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau in order to respond to terrorist threats like the recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York City Police officers await the announcement, by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, of the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPD's new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: A New York Police Department officer stands guard outside of the 9/11 Memorial following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital on November 14, 2015 in New York City. Security in New York City has increased following the a coordinated assault on Paris which ISIS claimed responsibility for that left at least 120 people killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: New York Police Department officers stand guard outside of the 9/11 Memorial following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital on November 14, 2015 in New York City. Security in New York City has increased following the a coordinated assault on Paris which ISIS claimed responsibility for that left at least 120 people killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: New York City Police officers await the announcement, by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton, of the formation of the NYPD Critical Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau on Randall's Island November 16, 2015 in New York City. Following the announcement was the first deployment of the NYPDÃs new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau trained to respond to terrorist threats like the most recent attack in Paris. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Bomb detection dogs stand with security personnel outside of the 9/11 Memorial following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital on November 14, 2015 in New York City. Security in New York City has increased following the a coordinated assault on Paris which ISIS claimed responsibility for that left at least 120 people killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
New York Police Department (NYPD) officers patrol the subway at Times Square in New York November 14, 2015, the morning after the attacks that killed at least 128 people in Paris. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Commuters make their way through the New York Police Department (NYPD) officers as they gather before they begin to patrol the subway at Times Square in New York November 14, 2015, the morning after the attacks that killed at least 128 people in Paris. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: A police officer patrols the Times Square subway stop with his dog following a series of terrorist attacks in Paris on November 14, 2015 in New York City. Security in New York City has increased following the coordinated assault on Paris which ISIS claimed responsibility for. At least 120 people have been killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Bomb detection dog stands with security personnel outside of the 9/11 Memorial following a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital on November 14, 2015 in New York City. Security in New York City has increased following the a coordinated assault on Paris which ISIS claimed responsibility for that left at least 120 people killed and over 200 injured, 80 of which seriously. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
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