A female terrorist wearing a suicide vest has blown herself up and another jihadi was killed by a sniper during a six-hour siege on a flat where up to six suspected Paris terrorists barricaded themselves in.
The stand-off between 100 French police and special forces and the Paris terror cell ended as a bloodied and half-naked suspect was dragged out of an apartment block through broken glass in Saint-Denis – close to the Stade de France.
The gunfight started at 4.30am when SWAT teams and special forces surrounded the building believing the architect of the massacres that killed 129 people, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was inside.
It is not known if he is dead or alive.
A woman ‘with long blonde hair’ who may be Abaaoud’s jihadi bride is said to have fired her AK-47 at police before blowing herself up as an assault squad first stormed the apartment block. As she tried to kill police a rooftop sniper shot dead another terror suspect through a window.
Police said that five people in the apartment were taken alive and arrested while two others were held ‘nearby’. At least five police were injured in the ferocious gunfight including one shot in the foot seen being carried from the scene. The terrorists also gunned down a seven-year-old sniffer dog called Diesel, sent into the block to look for booby traps.
Security had been watching several flats in Saint-Denis since yesterday and also tapped phones before they swooped this morning believing Abaaoud and other terrorists were inside. Police also feared the group may have been planning an attack on Paris’ business district, La Defense.
Witnesses told MailOnline there were long periods of intense machine gun fire and at least seven large explosions, caused by the suicide bomber and possibly hand grenades. There were no hostages involved.