Paris police engaged in shootout with terrorists in St. Denis neighbourhood

Daily Mail: Heavy gunfire has broken out in a Paris suburb after anti-terrorist police surrounded an apartment where it is believed the suspected mastermind behind Friday’s terror attacks has barricaded himself in.

Shots have been exchanged between three suspected terrorists and the police during the large police operation in Saint-Denis, which began at around 4.30am this morning.

Reports indicate the target of the police siege is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris attacks. It had been thought that he was in Syria.

French news channel BFMTV says it is believed the other two men holed up with him are fellow terrorist Salah Abdeslam, who is the subject of a major manhunt, and an unidentified ‘ninth jihadi’.

Automatic gunfire and at least seven loud explosions, possibly caused by hand grenades, have been heard as the siege continues.

The Guardian seems to have good running coverage. And here’s twitter

Live feed from Sky News, h/t Drunk_by_Noon. Apparently St. Denis is “ethnically diverse” and known for “clashes” between police and “youth”.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Fox News in The States is carrying the live feed from Sky News

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Sky News is reporting that one terrorist killed by sniper, one with a suicide vest detonated, and one “passer by” killed by unknown causes.

  • Gary

    Watch for the local mosque and Neighbours to be ” Shocked…shocked I tell you” that these jihadists were among us.
    They were so peaceful and wanted to be Doctors to work for free in Africa at an orphanage with kids that have AIDS, cancer, autism , OCD , hives , ADD and so on until you buy their bull $hit.

    • Bruised Orange

      we are already getting Muslims are being targeted crap on the local news.

      Yeah, they are the victims here. (sarcasm)

      • tom_billesley

        The woman was stressed and her explosive corset accidentaly self-detonated.

    • mobuyus

      Watch for “backlash” mosk arson, check. Women’s hijab pulled off by rednecks check. The backlash is in full swing again.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Will there be Car-B-Qs tonight?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Tonite and ev’ry night, Sabah! Now, fetch me my belt. You need punishment. It is Allan’s will…….

  • Xavier

    Woman in a suicide belt is killed by police after heavy gunfire breaks out in Paris suburb

  • Xavier

    Three truckloads of army personnel just unloaded here near site of #SaintDenis gunfire in #Parisattacks

    aitch tea tea pee ess://

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It’s not an “ethnically diverse neighborhood”, it’s VIBRANT you xenophobic, racist, killer of brown babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Xavier
    • I think the Canadian schedule is different. At the moment “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” 1934 is wrapping up, but “Riptide” (same year) is probably good stuff. I really fancy “Romeo and Juliet” (1936) which is to follow, Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, but even I need to sleep sometimes.

      As Mrs. Patrick Campbell said of Norma, “She has such pretty little eyes. And they’re so close together!”

      • Alex

        And I, in Eastern Time, happen to have already enjoyed my lengthy and satisfying 4 hours sleep time. I am now, at 3:30, fresh as a daisy and ready for my working day – which begins in 4 and a half hours (yawn) ….

        • I’m in Halifax. Which is even Easterner time. You and I… we’re very different people.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            My God, you are halfway to England!

          • You’re half way to Japan.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            And almost all the way to Mexico!

          • Justin St.Denis

            You both should get some sleep. 😉

        • El Martyachi

          Is that normal for you? Are you able to function normally on 4 hours each night? I know one guy who can.. seems rare. Me likes 7.5 here.

          • I’m… erratic. And it does depend how you define “normal”. Anyway, must dash and watch Norma ’till the sleeping pills kick in.

      • John

        “She has such pretty little eyes. And they’re so close together!”


        Norma was from Montréal, you know

    • Thanks

  • Reports a female suicide bomber has blown herself up.

    Way past my bed-time, plus there’s a Norma Shearer night on TCM which is more entertaining than this.

    • Xavier

      Which one? I miss TCM – we cut off their funding.

    • El Martyachi

      Past my bedtime too and yet.. here we are. Tonight’s feature film at Chez Marty was the second half (it’s long) of “Lion of the Desert (1981)”. C’mon… Omar Mukhtar and General Graziani played by Anthony Quinn and Oliver Reed!!!

      • What is Chez Carty?

        • El Martyachi

          Chez Marty typoed.

          • Ah. That title rang a bell. Directed by Moustaffa Akkad. I highly recommend you read Mark Steyn’s this:

            And also, because I’m self-involved, this:

          • El Martyachi

            Hey cool! Woulda never guessed he did Halloween!

          • What, Steyn? Are you being facetious? Because toying with people is cruel. He’s Mr. Showbiz.

          • El Martyachi

            No.. am being fookin’ earnest here!.. Never woulda guessed the guy who did Lion of the Desert also did Halloween.. and not cool about the whole “getting murdered by suicide bomber” bit.

          • Read the Steyn piece. The lady suicide bomber who made it out alive is the one the Jordanians executed in revenge for Muath al-Kasasbeh, the pilot ISIS burned alive.

            Now I must go watch Norma and seek temporary oblivion.

          • El Martyachi

            Am in the middle of that piece.. g’nite.

    • tom_billesley

      They should bring in a hungry pig for crime scene cleanup.

  • Xavier

    Prosecutor: 3 men arrested in Saint-Denis apartment, 2 others arrested nearby; 1 woman blew herself up – @NBCNews

    Excellent. Now start breaking fingers.

  • David Murrell

    5 :30:am Atlantic Canada time. CNN News is reporting three Islmo-Nazis killed, and five arredted. The news agency says the police got there just in time, since the Nazis were about to undertake another terrorist attack.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Can you even imagine the shrieks and cries for the terrorists if this were happening in Israeli?

    • tom_billesley

      Just calling them terrorists would make the media apoplectic.

  • Hard Little Machine

    BTW you can’t throw a rock in St Denis w/o hitting an akbar. Everyone else fled a decade ago. It’s basically a no-go zone in the making.

  • tom_billesley

    There’s news video of police around a church, but it’s unclear why.