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Paris Terror Attacks: Police arrest partner of man with links to attacks

Published 02/12/2015 | 06:52

French security forces stormed a building in Saint Denis, Paris, where the mastermind of the Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was believed to be hiding, resulting in a shoot-out. ( FRANCIS PELLIER / Ministere de l'Interieur Dicom via AP)
French security forces stormed a building in Saint Denis, Paris, where the mastermind of the Paris attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was believed to be hiding, resulting in a shoot-out. ( FRANCIS PELLIER / Ministere de l'Interieur Dicom via AP)
This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud, the child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital's Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, was identified by French authorities on Monday Nov. 16, 2015, as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks last Friday in Paris that killed over a hundred people and injured

A woman has been arrested in a Paris suburb for suspected links to an intermediary to the only man charged in connection with the terror attacks in the French capital.

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Two officials close to the investigation said the woman, whose name was not revealed, was the partner of the intermediary.

This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud, the child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital's Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, was identified by French authorities on Monday Nov. 16, 2015, as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks last Friday in Paris that killed over a hundred people and injured
This undated image made available in the Islamic State's English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud, the child of Moroccan immigrants who grew up in the Belgian capital's Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, was identified by French authorities on Monday Nov. 16, 2015, as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks last Friday in Paris that killed over a hundred people and injured

The 25-year-old intermediary was in contact with Jawad Bendaoud, who is charged with providing housing to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected planner of the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people.

The intermediary was arrested earlier on Tuesday at his home in Malakoff, south of Paris, by counter-terrorism police.

A few hours later police went with the suspect to search another apartment in Saint-Denis - the northern Paris suburb where a police assault killed Abaaoud, his female cousin and a third man on November 18 - and arrested his partner who was there.

The man and his partner have been taken into custody west of Paris.

The man, known by police only for drug trafficking so far, was also in contact with Abaaoud's cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen.

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