Highlights from Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
- In New Delhi, Indian Muslims protested against the Islamic State group Wednesday. They carried signs saying "Stop ISIS" and "ISIS is a threat to humanity."
- Paris prosecutor gave an update on last night's raid that killed a suicide bomber and a second militant. He says that the mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has not been apprehended but that the terror cell has been neutralized. Officials believed Abaaoud was in the building that was raided. The exact number of people killed in the Saint-Denis raid is not known. Officials are still working to identify the dead and those who were arrested.
- Saying that 100,000 Muslims have been killed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq over the past year, Jordan's King Abdullah II is optimistic the world will come together to fight "a global war against terror" with "a holistic approach."
- Authorities say the main terminal at Copenhagen's international airport, the Nordic region's main hub, has been evacuated because of ``a suspicious bag.'' Police had no more details about Wednesday's evacuation of Terminal 3, the main arrival and departure terminal.
- ABC News reports that reputed mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was not in the apartment raided Wednesday in St. Denis, about a mile from the Stade de France, where suicide bombers tried to blow up a soccer game. That hasn't been confirmed by other sources.
- 2 dead, 7 in custody in raid that lasted 7 hours. Police fired some 5,000 rounds during the intense firefight.
- 1 of the dead blew herself up, 1 shot, police dog killed. (Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has since backed away from earlier statements that the woman detonated a suicide belt. He said an autopsy and a review of the forensic evidence will determine how the woman died.)
- Raid of the Saint-Denis apartment came as the result of a tip that said suspect Abdelhamid Abaaoud could be there.
- All 129 people killed in attacks Friday on a Paris stadium, a concert hall and cafes identified.
Police operation in St. Denis is over
French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll says a seven-hour police operation north of Paris, targeting the mastermind of the Paris attacks and his accomplices, has ended.
Police say two people were killed in the operation Wednesday including a female suicide bomber, who detonated her explosives. Several police were injured and seven people were arrested.
The fate of the mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud is unclear.
CBS News reports that the gunbattle between French SWAT teams and people inside the building lasted an hour and a half.
The owner of the apartment told French media that said he’d been asked by a friend to let two people stay at his apartment, and that he didn’t know who they were, CBS News reports.
2 dead, 7 arrested in raid targeting mastermind of Paris attacks
A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week’s gun and bomb rampage was believed to be holed up, police said.
They said one man was also killed and seven people arrested in the standoff, which began before dawn and continued more than six hours later, when a loud bang rang out around the streets near the apartment building.
Turkey detains 8 said to be posing as refugees
Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have detained eight people at Istanbul’s main airport who they suspect could be Islamic State militants planning to make their way to Germany, posing as refugees.
The Anadolu Agency said Wednesday the eight arrived in Istanbul from Casablanca, Morocco, and were interviewed by criminal profiling teams at Ataturk Airport. Citing police sources, the agency said one of the suspects had a hand-drawn picture of a planned route from Turkey to Germany, via Greece, Serbia and Hungary.
Anadolu said the eight claimed to be tourists visiting Istanbul but a hotel disputed claims they had reservations there.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.