Deaths and arrests reported during police raid targeted at Paris attack ‘mastermind’

A police officer takes cover during a raid on an apartment in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris, where

A police officer takes cover during a raid on an apartment in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris, where several men suspected of Friday's deadly attacks are surrounded. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 18, 2015. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Two suspects in the Paris attacks have been killed during a raid in a suburb of the French capital, police said.

A woman was one of the two people killed as scores of officers raided a property in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, officials said.

It came as a massive police operation targeted Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of last week’s terror attacks that killed at least 129 people, including Colchester man Nick Alexander.

Authorities believe they traced Abaaoud to an apartment in Saint-Denis along with up to five other heavily armed people.

At least seven explosions were heard at the scene of the stand-off.

An official with the Paris police department said two people have been detained and two police officers injured in the stand-off in Saint-Denis.

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