As it happened: Paris Siege

2015-11-18 11:00

Police say the raid is over and the apartment in the north of Paris in which attackers were holed up has been secured, according to reports.


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Last Updated at 14:51
18 Nov 12:55
It is not known if the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was among those captured - Sky News

18 Nov 12:54
Government spokesperson: We don't know if there are any explosives, so residents cannot yet return - Sky News 

18 Nov 12:51
Sky News says a man was taken away from the scene by French special police.

18 Nov 12:48

18 Nov 12:42
Police say the raid is over and the apartment in the north of Paris in which attackers were holed up has been secured, according to Sky News.

18 Nov 12:39

AP reports: Armed security officers have fanned out around the historic Paris suburb of Saint-Denis during an hours-long standoff with police.Journalists, cameramen, police and curious residents waited nervously in the central Place Victor Hugo, as sirens echoed around the neighborhood.

It contrasted with the serenity of the Saint-Denis Basilica — one of the world's most majestic gothic churches — that towers over the area.

Its famed stone tower was lit up beautifully in the unusually sunny November morning.

18 Nov 12:23
AP says at least seven people have been arrested in raids in Saint Denis linked to the attacks in #Paris

18 Nov 12:12
Most of Saint Denis is on lock down as police continue operation. Schools, universities and businesses are closed - Al Jazeera

18 Nov 11:29
The fate of the key suspect remains unknown as one person is said to be still holed up in an apartment north of Paris after an hours-long standoff with police

18 Nov 11:16

AP reports that French President Francois Hollande is holding an emergency meeting at the Elysee Palace to monitor the raid on a suburban Paris apartment.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira are meeting with the president.

A Cabinet meeting is to be held on Wednesday morning as previously scheduled, according to the French presidency.

18 Nov 11:11

A recap of what happened this morning:

A large scale raid began in Saint Denis at 04: 20 local Paris time.

Police were deployed to the suburb and several explosions and gunfire were heard.

At least two suspects have been killed, one of them a woman who detonated a suicide belt

Several police officers were injured

One suspect is said to be still holed up in the apartment. His identity remains unknown

The siege continues

18 Nov 10:44

According to AP:

A police official says that one person is still holed up in an apartment north of Paris after an hours-long standoff with police in which two have been killed and five arrested.

The official, not authorised to be publicly named according to police rules, said the standoff is still going on after some 5 hours.The person's identity has not been released.

Authorities say the operation is targeting the mastermind of last week's Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people.

18 Nov 10:36
Al Jazeera reports that one suspect is still on the apartment surrounded by police

18 Nov 10:35

18 Nov 10:28

18 Nov 10:24

AP reported:

Air France Flight 65 from Los Angeles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was diverted to Salt Lake City International Airport, Air France said in a statement.

At about the same time a second flight, Air France 55, took off from Dulles International Airport outside Washington and was diverted to Halifax on Canada's East Coast, officials said.

Passengers got off both planes safely and were taken to terminals.American authorities investigated and found no credible threat, according to an FBI statement released late on Tuesday night.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said investigators found no evidence of an explosive device after they searched the plane and luggage.

18 Nov 10:22
Earlier reports said two flights from US to Paris diverted after threats. Passengers got off both planes safely

18 Nov 10:19
Prosecutors say five people have been arrested during anti-terror operation in the Paris siege – Sky News

18 Nov 10:13

According to AP:

The Paris prosecutor's office says that SWAT teams have arrested three people in an apartment where police are in a standoff with suspects in last week's Paris attacks.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office says that the three haven't been identified yet.Another man and woman were detained near the apartment, the statement says.

It says the standoff is ongoing.Two people have been killed in the standoff, including a woman suicide bomber who blew herself up, the prosecutor said.

18 Nov 10:10
Reports indicate that at least 50 soldiers have been deployed at the scene of police operation in Saint Denis

18 Nov 10:09

18 Nov 10:06
The security operation in Saint-Denis "is coming to an end," French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said on French radio, according to CNN.

18 Nov 10:05

18 Nov 09:55
One or two suspects are still believed to be inside the apartment - Al Jazeera

18 Nov 09:51
Soldiers have arrived at the scene of siege in Saint Denis suburb - Al Jazeera

18 Nov 09:37
What we know so far:

18 Nov 09:31
During the operation, local businesses and buildings have been raided - Al Jazeera

18 Nov 09:29

According to AP:

Police say two suspects in last week's Paris attacks — a man and a woman — have been killed in a police operation north of the capital.

An official with the Paris police department who was not authorised to be publicly named said two people have been detained, and two police officers injured in the standoff on Wednesday in Saint-Denis.

Police have said the operation is targeting the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks, believed to be holed up in an apartment in Saint-Denis with several other heavily armed suspects.

18 Nov 09:27
Sky News says at least seven explosions were heard during the police raid in Saint-Denis.

18 Nov 09:21

AFP reports:

Two suspected jihadists holed up in an apartment north of Paris died during a police siege on Wednesday, including a woman who detonated an explosives vest, according to police sources.

At least three police were injured in the operation targeting Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to be the mastermind of the attacks in Paris on Friday that killed 129.

18 Nov 09:13
Al Jazeera reports that key suspect Abdelhamid Abaaoud is Belgian of Moroccan origin

18 Nov 09:11

18 Nov 09:09
We are getting conflicting reports of what is happening in Paris at the moment. Please bear with us, as the news keeps unfolding.

18 Nov 09:08
Three people have died, including a woman wearing a suicide belt, French media reports

18 Nov 09:06
French media reports that a passer-by has been killed, according to Sky news

18 Nov 08:53

According to AP:

Authorities in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis have evacuated about 20 residents from a building where suspects linked to the Paris attacks are holed up in a standoff with police.

A city official not authorised to be publicly named told The Associated Press the residents were brought to city hall for protection.

City hall is about 200m from the apartment building where the standoff is taking place on rue du Cornillon, in the heart of the historic, multicultural town just north of Paris.

The site is less than 2 km from the Stade de France national stadium. Three suicide bombers blew themselves up on Friday near the stadium during an international soccer match with French President Francois Hollande in attendance.

Saint-Denis is one of France's most historic places. French kings were crowned and buried through the centuries in its famed basilica. Today it is home to a vibrant and very ethnically diverse population and sees sporadic tension between police and violent youths.

18 Nov 08:45

The latest - according to AP

At least seven explosions have been heard at the scene of a police standoff with suspects in last week's deadly Paris attacks.

Associated Press reporters at the scene could hear what sounded like grenade blasts from the direction of the standoff in the heart of the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

The source of the blasts is unclear. Police say several people are holed up in an apartment and several police have been injured in an operation that has lasted at least three hours on Wednesday morning.

18 Nov 08:35

18 Nov 08:31

AP reports:

A resident of the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis describes intense gunfire and explosions during a police operation near the site of one of last week's deadly attacks.

Baptiste Marie, a 26-year-old independent journalist who lives near the scene of the standoff, tells The Associated Press: "It started with an explosion.Then there was second big explosion. Then two more explosions. There was an hour of gunfire."

Resident Amin Guizani, 21, says: "There were grenades. It was going, stopping. Kalashnikovs. Starting again.

"Riot police were clearing the streets early Wednesday, pointing guns at curious residents to move them off the roads.Marie said the officers seemed nervous."You could see it in their eyes, " Marie said.

18 Nov 08:24

So far - according to Al Jazeera

Two unidentified people have been killed

Two suspects have been detained

Three police officers have been injured

18 Nov 08:22

18 Nov 08:20
Deputy Mayor Stephane Peu told i-Tele television that there have been many gun shots and detonations in the operation that began at 04:25 - reports

18 Nov 08:12

18 Nov 08:09
Unconfirmed reports say that a number of several police officers have been injured. The extent of the injuries is not know - according to Sky News

18 Nov 08:08

What we know so far – according to reports:

Heavy shooting, including automatic gunfire, and explosions have been reported in St Denis, a northern Paris suburb.

The police operation is linked to the search for the so-called “ninth attacker” – believed to be on the run.Two or three men are reported to have barricaded themselves in an apartment, exchanging gunfire with officers.

Roads have been closed off and the police operation appears to be ongoing, with large numbers of police officers and police vehicles in the area.

 Residents have been told to stay in their homes and away from windows. Some have been moved to a temporary shelter in the town hall.

18 Nov 08:06
Reports say at least one police officer has been injured in the operation.

18 Nov 08:00

18 Nov 07:58
BBC reports that people in Saint Denis have been told to stay at home, with residents from the area sealed off by police taken to a shelter.

18 Nov 07:51
The Guardian reports that two or three men are said to have barricaded themselves in an apartment and are exchanging gunfire with officers. Heavy shooting and explosions have been reported in the St Denis suburb.

18 Nov 07:44

Shooting broke out in northern Paris on Wednesday during a dawn raid by police hunting those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital five days ago, sources said.

Several police were wounded in the anti-terrorism raid, said a source close to the operation, which began before dawn in the suburb of Saint Denis.

Police sources said several unidentified men were still holed up in an apartment as the operation continued at 06:15 (0515 GMT).

The area is home to the Stade de France, one of several places hit by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday in the worst ever attack on French soil, which was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Firemen told AFP they they joined the operation against "an armed group holed up in an apartment" at 04:31, without giving any further details, adding that one person was lightly hurt.

The area was closed down and intermittent gunfire could still be heard an hour after it started. Another source said a special armed response unit took part in the raid, which comes as Europe was on high alert after footage from the scene of one of Friday's attacks revealed a ninth suspect may have taken part.

It was not clear if this ninth man was one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or was on the run, potentially with 26-year-old fugitive Frenchman Salah Abdeslam who carried out one of the attacks at Bonne Biere cafe along with his suicide-bomber brother Brahim.

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday will hold a meeting to discuss proposals to extend by three months the state of emergency declared after the worst attacks in French history. It will then be put to vote by lawmakers Thursday and Friday.

In a sign of the nervousness gripping Europe after Friday's carnage, a football match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled Tuesday and the crowd evacuated after police acted on a "serious" bomb threat.

As police stepped up the hunt for the fugitives, French and Russian jets pounded IS targets in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa for a third consecutive day. - AFP

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