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An anti-terror operation, believed to be targeting the mastermind of the Paris attacks, is under way. Police say two suspected jihadists have been killed during the police raid, including a woman who detonated a suicide vest.
:: Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is suspected of planning last Friday’s killings in Paris, is believed to be one of the targets in the ongoing raids. He is reportedly holed up in an apartment at the scene, with several other heavily armed suspects.
:: At least seven loud explosions and automatic weapon fire were heard as the raid unfolded in Saint Denis, a suburb north of Paris.
:: According to prosecutors, three people have been arrested by SWAT teams during the standoff – however, their identities are not known.
:: Four police have been injured since the siege began in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
:: The operation is about a mile away from the Stade de France, one of several places struck by gunmen and suicide bombers last week.
:: According to French police officials, no hostages are being held – however, dozens of Saint Denis residents have been evacuated from their homes and taken to the local city hall for protection.