French prosecutors: suspected mastermind of Paris attacks killed in police raid

Abdelhamid Abaaoud
This undated image taken from a Militant Website on Monday, Nov.16, 2015, shows Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. A senior police official said he believed the Belgian Islamic State militant was inside an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis with other heavily armed people. A French official said Monday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks was also linked to thwarted train and church attacks. (Militant video via AP)

PARIS (AP) – The Paris prosecutor says that the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid.

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In a statement Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said that Abaaoud’s body was found in an apartment building targeted in the raid in Saint-Denis north of Paris Wednesday. It said he was identified based on skin samples.

The French military says it has destroyed 35 Islamic State targets in Syria since last week’s attacks on Paris.

Military spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron said Thursday that French planes dropped about 60 bombs on six sites, and all the targets were Islamic State command centers or training sites.

He told reporters the strikes were aimed at weakening and disorganizing IS.

France, taking part in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, sharply increased its airstrikes in Syria after Friday’s attacks, which killed at least 129.

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