Paris Attacks: France Calls On EU To ‘Wake Up’ To Threat

Paris Attacks: France Calls On EU To 'Wake Up' To Threatparis policeThe French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, says European countries must ‘wake up’ to terror threats.

He spoke after it emerged that the suspected Belgian ringleader of the attacks had entered France undetected.

Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, has, however, defended Belgium’s security services amid claims the attacks were organised there.

The defence came as EU Interior Ministers are due to hold emergency talks.

The meeting in Brussels is expected to tighten checks at the external borders of the EU’s passport-free Schengen area.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said that the EU’s cherished passport-free Schengen zone would be in danger if the bloc did not improve border controls, after it emerged the ringleader of the Paris attacks had managed to enter Europe unnoticed.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan origin linked to a series of extremist plots in Europe over the past two years, had died in a police raid on an apartment in northern Paris on Wednesday.

As debate raged about the failings that had let Abaaoud slip through the net, Valls urged France’s neighbours to “play their role properly”, saying the whole Schengen system would be called into question if Europe does not take responsibility for its borders.

The Schengen system allows passport-free travel between 26 countries, but it has come under severe strain this year, as the continent struggles with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

Paris Attacks: Abdelhamid Abaaoud ‘Died In Saint Denis Raid’ – Prosecutor

Paris Attack updateParis prosecutor says the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, has been identified as one of those killed in a raid in Saint Denis.

His body was found riddled with bullets and shrapnel in an apartment in the northern Paris suburb on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Belgian national, was identified from his fingerprints.

The fate of Abdelhamid Abaaoud was earlier unknown after Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, revealed that the suspect was not among the eight people arrested during the raid in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis.

President Francois Hollande declared the state of emergency for 12 days, after gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a concert hall, cafes and the Stade de France on Friday last week.

The attack claimed a total of 129 lives, leaving many others in critical conditions.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has said that the country could face chemical or biological attack from terror groups.

Paris Attack Mastermind’s Fate Unknown

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The fate of the suspected mastermind of Friday’s attacks in Paris remains unknown after a Police raid on a flat ended in bloodshed.

Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, has revealed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was not among the eight people arrested during the raid in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis.

French experts are, however, working to establish whether the suspected organiser of the Paris attacks was among those killed.

President Francois Hollande declared the state of emergency for 12 days, after gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a concert hall, cafes and the Stade de France on Friday last week, killing 129 people and injuring scores more.

Members of the French parliament are due to vote on extending the state of emergency.

Two Dead In Raid Of Flat In St Denis

st denis raidFrench prosecutor says two persons have died including a suicide bomber in a raid of a flat at a scene of a police standoff in Saint Denis,  following Friday’s attacks in Paris.

Three men have also been taken into custody by special forces and a man and woman have been arrested close to the St Denis flat.

Among those arrested by police is the possible owner of the apartment where the suspects are believed to have been holed up in Saint-Denis, AFP reports.

The man, who was not named, said he provided accommodation for two people in the apartment at 8 Rue du Corbillon after a friend asked him to do so. She told him they came from Belgium and needed a place to stay.

The target of police action in the Paris suburb of St Denis is the Islamic State militant, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was initially thought to have orchestrated the Paris attacks from Syria, police and justice sources said.

French media also reported that at least two people had been killed. There are also reports of a woman who detonated a suicide belt.

People living in or near St Denis have been subjected to rigorous security checks, as the operation in the suburb continues. The area itself has been sealed by the military.

Shops and schools have also been closed and transport was suspended.

Police, however, said that they believe the suspected mastermind of last week’s attacks, Abaaoud, is holed up in an apartment in Saint Denis, along with up to five other heavily armed people.

The official, nonetheless, said that scores of police, who stormed the building early on Wednesday were met with unexpectedly violent resistance.

Reinforcements were summoned and several people were injured.

French investigators believe that a Moroccan-origin Belgian jihadist masterminded the Paris attacks which killed at least 129 people.

Abaaoud is thought to be in Syria now with the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

The 27-year-old, grew up in Molenbeek, a district of Brussels known for its many Arab immigrants, blighted by high unemployment and overcrowded housing.

He is an associate of Salah Abdeslam, who is on the run and whose brother Brahim, blew himself up in Paris.