A predawn raid on the apartment of suspected terrorists in Paris may have just thwarted another massacre, this time at Charles de Gaulle Airport, according to local police. The man suspected of being behind the Paris attacks is been confirmed been.
The man killed in an early morning raid on an apartment complex in Paris suburb Saint-Denis, France on Wednesday, November 18, was in fact Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abdelhamid is the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist they believe orchestrated the Paris attacks on November 13. Abdelhamid and cohorts reportedly had terror attacks planned for the massive Charles de Gaulle airport, as well as a local shopping mall. Did police stop yet another massacre in the city?
Authorities raided an apartment in the Paris suburb where Stade de France, the stadium where terrorists exploded suicide bombs during the attacks, after receiving intel that a female cousin of Abdelhamid was in the residence. The alleged terrorists were “about to move on some kind of operation,” according to police sources who spoke to CNN. The people in the apartment were planning on attacking Charles de Gaulle airport, as well as the Les Quatre Temps shopping center in the city’s La Defense neighborhood, police told French public broadcasting.
Learning of the female cousin gave police reason to believe Abdelhamid might still be alive, and still in the country, according to a Belgian counterterrorism official, and it turned out to be true. The question of whether or not he was alive was up in the air, after the woman blew herself up with a suicide vest during the hours-long standoff with police, leaving her and another man dead. Along with the suicide bombing, 110 police officers were in a gunfight with the suspected terrorists. The fight led to a floor of the building collapsing.
The seven suspects who were arrested, were three suspected terrorists, the man who loaned the apartment to the alleged Daesh members, and his friend. Police had been surveilling the apartment complex since Tuesday, November 17. French President Francois Hollande called this firefight just further proof that his nation is “at war” with Daesh.
Our thoughts are with those in France at this time.
— Samantha Wilson