Shots fired in Paris during police raids

2015-11-18 08:05

Paris - Shots were heard as police raided a northern Paris suburb early on Wednesday in connection with last week's terrorist attacks, a news report said.

A witness heard "a loud bang" followed by gunfire exchange "that lasted 10 minutes or so," after the operation was launched around 04:25, broadcaster RTL reported.

An area was cordoned off in the northern Paris suburb of Saint Denis, close to the Stade de France, which was one of targets of suicide bombers in the coordinated attacks late Friday.

Officers were hunting one key suspect and possible accomplices, broadcaster AFP reported, citing sources close to the operation.

Several police officers were injured, the report said.

The raid could have involved hunting the latest suspect in Friday's attacks, spotted in footage of a car carrying brothers Brahim and Salah Abdeslam, AFP reported, adding police did not confirm the target of the operation.

The unidentified man, first reported on Tuesday, would be the ninth suspected attacker and one of two thought to have survived. Salah Adbeslam, aged 26, is also on the run.

A total of 129 people were killed in last week's attack, including 89 when gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert venue and opened fire before blowing themselves up.

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