Third Body Is Found in Rubble of Police Raid Near Paris


The body of a second woman has been found in the rubble of an apartment where the Paris attacks ringleader was killed during a seven-hour siege.

Prosecutors confirmed Abdelhamid Abaaoud died in a fierce shootout with police who stormed the flat in northern Paris early on Wednesday.

It has also been confirmed that his cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, died during the raid.

She is believed to be the woman who blew herself up with an explosives vest while holed up in the apartment.

She was formally identified from her fingerprints. A handbag containing a passport in her name was found in the debris, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors have only confirmed it is a female body, but are still working to identify her.

They described the bodies as badly mangled.

Hundreds of heavily armed officers raided the apartment complex in Saint Denis at dawn on Wednesday, triggering the massive firefight and explosions.

Abaaoud was traced to the apartment through phone taps and surveillance, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

His body was found “riddled with bullets” after the raid, the prosecutor’s office said. He was identified using skin samples.

The 28-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin was accused of orchestrating last Friday’s bombings and shootings in the French capital, which killed 129 people.

His father, Omar Abaaoud, has told French media through his lawyer that he is “sorry” his son “wasn’t captured alive”.

And a Moroccan security source revealed Yassine Abaaoud, Abdelhamid’s younger brother, was arrested last month as he arrived in his father’s hometown of Agadir.

“He has been held for about one month now,” the source told Reuters.

It has also emerged that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was seen on CCTV at a Paris metro station while Friday’s atrocities were still under way.

Abaaoud was filmed at 10.14pm at the Croix de Chavaux in Montreuil, not far from where one of the cars used in the attacks was found.