Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the possible ringleader of last week’s terrorist attacks, was killed in a police raid north of Paris Nov. 18, the Paris prosecutor said.
The Belgian son of a Moroccan shopkeeper, familiar to the intelligence community for his high-profile presence on social media, Abaaoud was being studied by investigators as the man who orchestrated the seven attacks in the Paris area on Friday that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds more wounded, the prosecutor’s office said. Abaaoud was also linked by French officials to a failed assault on a Paris-bound high-speed train in August and a plot to attack a church in the city in April.
The pre-dawn raid in Saint Denis was ordered after witnesses, telephone surveillance and a text message found on a discarded mobile phone suggested the presence of Abaaoud, the suspected architect of the series of coordinated assaults at a sports stadium, a concert hall, and restaurants and bars in the Paris area.
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