SAINT-DENIS, France -- A dramatic, hourslong operation in a Paris suburb ended Wednesday with two terrorist suspects dead, seven detained and new attacks potentially thwarted, authorities said.
The targets of the raid included the purported ringleader of last week's attacks in Paris and came as the suspects were "about to move on some kind of operation," according to sources.
The raid aimed to "neutralize terrorists" linked with the Paris terror attacks, French President Francois Hollande said.
The raid happened after authorities determined through phone surveillance and testimony that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of last week's Paris attacks, was likely to be found in an apartment in the area, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.
He did not say whether Abaaoud was among the seven people detained or two killed in the raid.
Three people inside one apartment were arrested, one woman blew herself up and another suspected terrorist was killed, according to Molins. Four others, including the person who lent the apartment to the suspected terrorists and his friend, were also taken into custody.
The raid focused on two apartments on the same street. One of the raids led to the second raid, and one of the locations had been under surveillance since Tuesday.AlertMe