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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Heavily armed police ‘taser’ man near scene of Paris siege

Published 18/11/2015 | 13:19

INDEPENDENT.IE has obtained exclusive footage of six heavily armed French police officers appearing to taser a man on a Paris street.

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The footage was shot near the scene of this morning’s dramatic siege in the French capital.

A witness filmed the footage from a first floor window of an apartment.

The footage shows six heavily armed police officer approach a man attempting to subdue him.

Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) are seen at the scene during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) are seen at the scene during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
Police at a stand off after a morning raid in Paris. Pic:Mark Condren 18.11.2015
Police at a stand off after a morning raid in Paris. Pic:Mark Condren 18.11.2015
Police at a stand off after a morning raid in Paris. Pic:Mark Condren 18.11.2015
Hooded police officers walk in a street of Saint-Denis, near Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. 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 attacks was believed to be holed up, police said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Police forces operate in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Police say two suspects in last week's Paris attacks, a man and a woman, have been killed in a police operation north of the capital. Two police officers have been injured in the standoff. Police have said the operation is targeting the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks, believed to be holed up in an apartment in Saint-Denis with several other heavily armed suspects. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A man is taken away from the scene by French special police forces during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. At least five people are being held for questioning by French police in a suburb in northern Paris following a raid on Islamic State militants suspected of being behind Friday's attacks, Paris prosecutor's office said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) arrive at the scene as shots are exchanged in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
French police stand in front of the door of the Eglise Neuve church as they secure the area during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris. Reuters/Jacky Naegelen
French riot police (CRS), soldiers, firefighters, French red cross members and staff of the emergency medical services in France (SAMU) stand at the scene in Saint-Denis, France during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. Reuters/Benoit Tessier
Saint Denis is a suburb town located 9.4km north of Paris. Photo: Google maps
Police at the scene. Photo: Mark Condren
Members of special French RAID forces with a police dog and French riot police (CRS) secure the area during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
Picture released by French Police of an unidentified suicide bomber wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue. The notice, released on the national police Twitter account, reads in French: "Call for witnesses - this unidentified individual is one the attackers who died at the Stade de France. Please call if you have any information". (Police Nationale via AP)

The man begins to back away from the officers – before one of them appears to deploy a taser.

Officers then pin the man to the ground.

It then appears that the man is arrested.

Separately, a woman wearing a suicide vest was among two suspects in the Paris attacks who were killed during a raid in a suburb of the French capital, police said.

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The woman detonated the explosives as scores of officers raided a property in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, officials said.

The police raid was confirmed over by 11.45am (local time), a Government spokesperson confirmed.

Police then raided a church in Paris. The raid was carried out at the Eglise Neuve church n Saint-Denis to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital.

Earlier, seven more people were arrested following the shootout in Saint Denis, AFP has reported. Their identities are as yet unclear.

The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, were believed to have been surrounded in today's siege in the suburb of Saint Denis, French police have said.

At least four police were injured during the raid, AFP reports.

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One suspect was holed up in an apartment in the stand-off, police said. Facts are yet to emerge about how the raid became complete.

Swat teams launched a pre-dawn raid in Saint Denis, just north of the capital, and the area's deputy mayor Stephane Peu told French television it was not a "new attack".

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Some 110 who carried out the raid were described as "very courageous" by the Interior minister.

The French prosecutor said police will later confirm the identities of the seven people who were arrested.

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