Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian jihadist suspected of masterminding the Paris terrorist attacks, was killed during a raid on a suburban apartment, prosecutors said Thursday.
The 27-year-old, who was also linked to two other terror plots and once boasted about avoiding capture by Western intelligence agencies, died during Wednesday’s operation in Saint-Denis. He was identified by his fingerprints. Officials said his body was bullet-ridden.
He died along with a woman who blew herself up with a suicide belt, and another man, when elite police forces stormed the scene. Eight other people were arrested.
He also linked to the thwarted attacks in a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church near the French capital earlier this year.
He was the son of Moroccan immigrants and was raised in Brussels’ Molenbeek neighborhood, which has been the subject of a series of raids since the Paris attacks.