An undated file photograph of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud that was published in the Islamic State's online magazine Dabiq and posted on a social media website. The suspected mastermind of the attacks that killed 129 in Paris was among those killed in a police raid in a suburb of the French capital, the Paris prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday. Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian militant, who had boasted of mounting attacks in Europe for the Islamic State, was accused of orchestrating Friday's coordinated bombings and shootings in the French capital, which killed 129 people. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV/FilesATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The alleged mastermind and sponsor of attacks in the French capital on Friday, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed during an anti-terrorist operation in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday, Paris prosecutor François Molins said.

His body was found under the wreckage of the building in Saint-Denis, which was stormed in Wednesday’s raid.

“Abdel Hamid Abaaoud has just been formally identified and certified killed during the raid, after comparing fingerprints,” the statement said. “It was the bullet-ridden body we discovered in the building,” Paris persecutor François Molins said.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls praised the elimination of one of the masterminds behind the Paris attacks.

“We salute the work of the intelligence services and the police,” said Valls.

Following the deadly attacks that killed at least 129 people, reports emerged that Abaaoud, 27, an active ISIL executioner in Syria, could be behind the massacre.

On Wednesday morning French police and army launched an anti-terrorist raid in the suburb of Saint-Denis, killing at least 2 radicals. Later in the day reports claimed that Abaaoud, who was the target of that operation, was killed in the raid.

Abaaoud is said to be from the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, notorious for being an extremist hotspot. It is the same area where another suspect in the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, was raised.

 

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