Paris Attacks: Suspects Arrested In France, Belgium and Germany
Map shows where police have focused their investigations following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris
Two suspects died and seven were arrested during an overnight raid near the Stade de France in Paris Wednesday. Police were hunting Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind behind the attacks which killed 129 people in the City of Lights last Friday, when they stormed an apartment in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said one female suspect died after she opened fire and then detonated an explosive vest, and “another terrorist,” a man, died from a combination of gunfire and the detonation of a grenade. Cazeneuve said five police officers were lightly wounded and a seven-year-old police dog, a Malinois named Diesel, was also killed.
Wednesday’s raid brought the running tally of arrests across France, Belgium and Germany to at least 41 as the hunt for Salah Abdeslam, the alleged “eighth attacker,” and the man believed to be the mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, widens.
The AP posted video footage of an arrest near the Osseghem metro in Brussels (1) on Saturday evening. On Sunday, reports emerged that six people close to one of the seven dead attackers, Ismail Mostefai, were in custody after being arrested in Paris (2). Another seven were arrested in Brussels’ notorious Molenbeek district (3), which has been linked to January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks and the foiled terrorist attack aboard a high-speed Thalys TGV train from Paris to Brussels in August. Five of those were later released, including the brother of suicide bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam, who died when he detonated his suicide vest outside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, but did not kill anyone else. Two others were still being held as of Tuesday.
On Monday, French TV channel BFMTV reported police had made arrests in several locations, including five arrests in Lyon (4), at least three arrests in Toulouse (5), over a half dozen arrests in Grenoble (6) and an undisclosed number of arrests in Loma (7). On Tuesday morning, German police said they had also arrested three people near the western city of Aachen (8) in connection to the Paris attacks on Tuesday. They were arrested in the town of Alsdorf, just northeast of the city, according to German news agency dpa. In the early hours of Wednesday, 110 officers raided an apartment on the third floor of a building on the Rue du Corbillon near the Place Jean Jaurès (9), a main square in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, arresting seven people.
French intelligence officials named the alleged mastermind behind the attacks as Belgian extremist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who spent time in Molenbeek, as did Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam, a second brother to Ibrahim. Salah was stopped in a car earlier used by the attackers at the France-Belgium border on Saturday, but was released after checks and remains at large.