Here is what we know about the raid in St-Denis from the last hour.

 

French police raid

 

French prosecutors confirm:

 

  • A woman, who blew herself up, was killed in the raid.
  • Three men, whose identities are unknown, have been arrested inside the apartment
  • A man and a woman have been arrested in the “immediate vicinity” of the apartment

 

Here is what is also known:

 

  • The apartment which is the focus of the raid is on a small street, Rue du Corbillon
  • Heavy shooting, including automatic gunfire, and explosions began at about 4.30am.
  • The raid took place about 2km from the Stade de France, one of the targets of Friday’s attacks.
  • At least seven explosions were heard during the raid by local residents
  • By 7.30am the area was quiet, but still with a heavy police presence
  • Roads have been closed off, with large numbers of police officers and police vehicles in the area. Military reinforcements have also been patrolling 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.
  • Transport to St-Denis has been suspended and schools will not open on Wednesday.

 

What is reported but still unconfirmed

 

  • Police sources told French media and AFP the targets of the raid were alleged to be the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdel-Hamid Abu Oud; as well as Salah Abdeslam and another suspect thought to be a ninth attacker directly involved in Friday’s mass killings.
  • There is no evidence yet that these suspects are among the arrests or even in the apartment. 

 

The Guardian