Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian terrorist and mastermind behind the Paris tragedy was killed during a dramatic counteraction.
A police counteract on a flat in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis ended with two terrorists dead and eight suspects arrested. Abdelhamid Abaaoud was one of the two.
French prosecutor Francois Molins said police had found a ‘total war arsenal’ with Kalashnikovs and explosive belts in the flat.
However, he also confirmed that Abaaoud had not been arrested.
He also warned that the cell targeted by the raid had been “ready to act” – but the raid had “neutralised” the threat.
During the raid a woman, said to be Abaaoud’s cousin, fired an AK47 at police before blowing herself up with a suicide belt during the anti-terror operation.
Police said she had been under surveillance for a number of days.
Another terrorist was shot killed in a grenade explosion.
Abaaoud, from Belgium, was originally thought to have fled to Syria but police said he was holed up inside the flat in the Saint-Denis area of Paris.
The French authorities ended the stand-off at 10.50am GMT. The fate of the ringleader is still unclear.
Police are trying to verify whether he was killed or among those who had been arrested.
It comes as French authorities have revealed they believe one of he terrorists who carried out the Paris killings, Salah Abdeslam, is driving a Citreon Xsara car.