Paris attacks: ‘heavy gunfire’ in suburb of St Denis as police hunt suspects

18 Nov, 2015 - 09:11 0 Views
Paris attacks: ‘heavy gunfire’ in suburb of St Denis as police hunt suspects Ambulances, fire and police vehicles line up in St-Denis. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA

The Sunday Mail

The police operation in St-Denis is ongoing, but here is what we currently know:

  • Heavy shooting, including automatic gunfire, and explosions have been reported in St-Denis, a northern Paris suburb. St-Denis is where the Stade de France, one of the targets of Friday’s attacks, is located, although the current operation is in the centre of the suburb, close to the basilica.
  • The targets of the raid are the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud; as well as Salah Abdeslam and another suspect thought to be a ninth attacker.
  • Two or three men are reported to have barricaded themselves in an apartment, exchanging gunfire with officers. It is not confirmed that these men are the suspects named above.
  • Shooting began at 4.30am local time and has continued in bursts in the hours since. At least seven explosions have been heard.
  • Three police officers have been reported injured in the operation, apparently not seriously. At least one person has reportedly died, but this has not been confirmed.
  • Roads have been closed off and the police operation is ongoing, with large numbers of police officers and police vehicles in the area. Military reinforcements have also arrived.
  • Residents have been told to stay in their homes and away from windows. Some have been moved to a temporary shelter in the town hall. Transport to St-Denis has been suspended and schools will not open on Wednesday – The Guardian

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