Developing reports out of Paris on Wednesday indicate a police raid conducted earlier that morning resulted in the death of two individuals connected to last Friday’s coordinated terrorist attacks. One of the dead has since been identified as Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the man believed to have spearheaded the massacre that killed at least 129 individuals and left hundreds more injured.
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) November 18, 2015
The raid, which focused the efforts of more than 100 military and law enforcement officers on an apartment north of Paris, also resulted in the arrest of three other suspects. Abaaoud has long been linked to Islamic terrorism, with CNN’s Paul Cruickshank reporting this week that he was “probably the link between the senior ISIS leadership and ISIS operatives in Europe.”
Paris prosecutor says mastermind Abaaoud NOT arrested in Paris apartment raid. They have still not ID’d body of dead man. — Bill Neely (@BillNeelyNBC) November 18, 2015
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While he has not officially been identified as one of the deceased in the wake of Wednesday’s raid, at least two anonymous sources have confirmed he was killed. Named the world’s most wanted man after he was pegged as the ringleader of Friday’s attacks, his apparent death is being celebrated as a victory in the incessant war on global terror.