Arriving on the scene of Wednesday’s police operation in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis some seven hours after it started, the French Interior Minister praised the work of the specialist police forces he described as “extremely courageous”.
“Since four o’clock this morning, the police from the RAID (a specialist unit of the national police force) and the BRI (Search and Intervention Brigade) carried out an operation designed to put an end to the terrorists’ capacity to do damage,” Bernard Cazeneuve said. “Seven people have been arrested. Two people died including a woman killed by explosives. We will, in the course of the next few days within the framework of the inquiry, continue the action we are carrying out in the fight against terrorism. I will now hand over to the prosecutor.”
François Molins linked the operation to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian Islamist accused of masterminding the massacres in Paris.