Suspected mastermind behind Paris attacks killed

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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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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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