Fate Of Paris Terror Ringleader Still Uncertain


PARIS (AP) _ Authorities say the suspected ringleader of the Paris attack and a fugitive who was wanted over the deadly rampage were not arrested in a massive police raid north of the capital, but could be among those killed.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins says that authorities know that suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud or wanted fugitive Salah Abdeslam were not among those detained in the police operation Wednesday.

Molins did not eliminate the possibility that they were killed, saying the identities of those slain in the raid in the town of Saint-Denis is still being investigated.

He said at least two people died in the raid, but that he wasn’t in “a position to give a precise and definitive number for the people who died.”

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins says a terror cell that was neutralized in a massive police raid early today was ready to act.

He says police fired some 5,000 rounds during an hour-long exchange of fire at a hideout where a terrorist cell had holed up north of the capital.

Molins says heavily armed police squads initially were thwarted by a reinforced door to the apartment in Saint-Denis north of Paris where the terror cell had holed up, and faced nearly incessant fire as they worked to enter.