Saturday 23 September 2017

Suicide bomber killed during police raid in Saint-Denis identified

Alert: Police in Saint-Denis, near Paris. Reuters.
Alert: Police in Saint-Denis, near Paris. Reuters.

A suicide bomber killed during a police raid on the suspected ringleader of November's Paris attacks has been identified.

The Paris prosecutor's office said in a statement that the man, Chakib Akrouh, was a 25-year-old Belgian-Moroccan. It said he was identified thanks to DNA from his mother.

The statement said Akrouh was hiding in an apartment in Paris suburb Saint-Denis with attacks suspect Abdelhamid Abaaoud on November 18 when he "blew himself up". Abaaoud and a cousin also died in a police stand-off that day.

At least one of the people who attacked a rock concert, cafes and a stadium on November 13 remains unidentified and one attacker, Salah Abdeslam, remains at large, along with suspected accomplices.

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