The district of Saint Denis was woken up by bursts of gunfire in the middle of the night. The district in question, situated on the outskirts, to the north-east of Paris, was heavily struck on Friday, November 13, by the attacks claimed by ISIS, which caused over 120 deaths. It plunged the French capital in chaos and terror again. The goal of the blitz was an apartment – 800 meters away from the Stade de France – where was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian. The young man, who is the alleged mind behind the attacks of November 13, was arrested.
Three more people seem to have died during the operation – two terrorists, including a female suicide bomber who blew herself up, and a passer-by – whereas three agents of the special forces were wounded. The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Paris has announced the arrest of five people: three of them were inside the apartment, whilst the other two – a man and a woman – were arrested nearby. One more person – whose identity was not communicated – seems to be still inside the apartment in Saint-Denis. Negotiations are going on between her/him and the police.
Alarm was set off in Paris again. ach cars direct towards the center of the city are stopped by the military men and controlled at numerous checkpoints. Passengers and drivers are invited to get out of the vehicles and open the luggage compartment of the car. All this is causing long queues on the roads leading to the capital.
Meanwhile, the municipality of St. Denis announced the closure of two metro stations – Saint-Denis Université and Saint-Denis Porte de Paris – and that of two schools. The Municipal administration is trying to inform and reassure its citizens on Twitter and on their institutional site, explaining that it was not an attack.
French police and the SWAT team that partook in the Raid began the operation around 4.30am. Some witnesses say that shooting lasted for about 15 minutes and that there was also a strong explosion.