Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of last week's Paris attacks, has been identified in surveillance footage from a metro station on the night of the deadly attacks that killed 129 people, a police source reportedly said Friday. Meanwhile Friday, French prosecutors confirmed that a third body, that of a woman, was recovered from the Saint-Denis flat that was raided by police Wednesday morning, according to reports.
French prosecutors confirmed Thursday that Abaaoud was killed during the raid Wednesday in the northeastern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, along with his cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen.
Abaaoud was seen on CCTV footage at the Croix de Chavaux metro station in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, close to where one of the cars used in the attacks was found, a police source said, according to Reuters. He was reportedly spotted the same time a deadly shooting at the Bataclan concert hall was underway. The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the series of coordinated shootings and suicide bombings.
Abaaoud, a Belgian national of Moroccan descent, was apparently hiding out with other suspected terrorists in the flat in Saint-Denis, about a mile from the Stade de France near where three suicide bombers detonated during an international friendly soccer match between France and Germany.
According to reports, Abaaoud was linked to a foiled attack aboard a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris in August. He was also listed as a suspect in a foiled attack in April on a church concert hall in the southern Paris suburb of Villejuif. So he had been on the French government's watch list for some time.
According to the Guardian, prosecutors also said Friday that a handbag was recovered from the scene where investigators found the passport of Hasna Aitboulahcen, a French-Moroccan national, who blew herself up during Wednesday’s raid. Aitboulahcen is believed to be Abaaoud's cousin.
Police arrested seven people during Wednesday's raid that was conducted after officials received information from tapped phone calls, surveillance and tipoffs suggesting that Abaaoud was holed up in an apartment in Saint-Denis.