Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the evil mastermind behind the deadly Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, is dead. The man who authorities believed orchestrated the multiple killings that slaughtered 129 innocent people was ‘blown away’ by police during a massive raid on Nov. 18.
There was some justice for those tragically killed during the horrific Paris attacks. French Authorities raided a terrorist hideout and killed multiple suspected killers in a brutal firefight. Among those dead was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, the man reportedly behind the Paris bloodbath.
Abdelhamid was reportedly “blown away” when more than 100 cops and soldiers stormed a building just north of Paris in the suburb of Saint-Denis on Nov. 18, reports the New York Post. The building was near the Stade de France Soccer stadium, which was also targeted during the Nov. 13 attacks. Though early reports couldn’t confirm that Abdelhamid was dead, French authorities said he was indeed killed in the raid, reports the BBC.
Police tapped phone conversations and conducted surveillance on the apartment, reports the Washington Post. Witnesses reportedly said that Abdelhamid was holed up in the building, according to French prosecutor Francois Molins, leading authorities to quickly strike at the terrorist mastermind.
A gun battle erupted at 4:15 A.M., Paris time. A woman suspect was killed during the operation when she active the explosive vest she was wearing. The woman, reportedly with long blonde hair, fired on police before detonating herself. Earlier reports said that another suspect was reportedly killed by a grenade blast. This may likely be Abdelhamid, the Belgian extremist who once boasted he could easily slip between Europe and Syria, the stronghold of the terrorist organization, ISIS.
Four of the police officers conducting the raid were injured during the firefight. They suffered one casualty: Diesel, a police dog assisting the authorities. Sadly, the dog gave his life in the hunt for the man who reportedly orchestrated the multiple shootings that left 129 dead and over 300 injured.
Prior to the raid, the terrorists involved in the raid were reportedly planning to attack the Charles de Gaulle Airport as well as a shopping mall. Thankfully, a special forces team was able to stop them right before they carried out any more carnage. As for the others detained in the raid, their identities are being held. “As things stand, it is impossible to give you the identities of the people detained, which are being verified,” Francois Molins said at the scene.
Our thoughts continue to go out to all those affected by the horrible terrorists attacks in Paris.
— Jason Brow