French officials say Paris attacks ringleader killed in Saint Denis raid

Civilians take to the streets after a police raid in Saint-Denis. AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Civilians take to the streets after a police raid in Saint-Denis. AP Photo/Peter Dejong - Credit: AP

The suspected leader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid, the Paris prosecutor said.

Ringleader of Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, identified among Saint Denis raid dead, prosecutor

Ringleader of Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, identified among Saint Denis raid dead, prosecutor says. Photo via AP. - Credit: AP

Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, is believed to have been the man behind of last Friday's massacres which left 129 dead.

Forensic experts were trying to determine whether a body recovered following a major pre-dawn raid on a flat in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis was that of Abaaoud.

In a statement, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed that Abaaoud died in the raid and his body had been identified based on skin samples.

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