Posted: 18 November, 2015
At least one Police officer has been injured in a shootout in the North of Paris.
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Paris Shootout Update
At least one person has been killed in an apartment targeted by a police raid in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis following the bloody attacks on Paris, according to a source close to the operation.
The source did not identify the casualty.
Earlier, a source said the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and police had been wounded in the shootout.
Earlier Reports On Paris Shootout
Shooting has broken out in northern Paris during a dawn raid by police investigating the Paris attacks, as police hunted those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital.
Several police were wounded in the raid, said a source close to the operation, which began before dawn in the suburb of Saint Denis.
Police sources said unidentified men were still holed up in an apartment.
The area is home to the Stade de France, one of several places hit by gunmen and suicide bombers on Friday in the worst ever attack on French soil, which was claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.
Paris Shootout Update On The Scene With Journalist Mike Amor
Firemen say they they joined the operation against "an armed group holed up in an apartment" at 04:31 am (1431 AEDT), without giving any further details, adding that one person was lightly hurt.
The area was closed down and intermittent gunfire could still be heard an hour after it started.
Another source said a special armed response unit took part in the raid, which comes as Europe was on high alert after footage from the scene of one of
Friday's attacks revealed a ninth suspect may have taken part.
It was not clear if this ninth man was one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or was on the run, potentially with 26-year-old fugitive
Frenchman Salah Abdeslam who carried out one of the attacks at Bonne Biere cafe along with his suicide-bomber brother Brahim.
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday will hold a meeting to discuss proposals to extend by three months the state of emergency declared after the worst attacks in French history.
In a sign of the nervousness gripping Europe after Friday's carnage, a football match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled Tuesday and the crowd evacuated after police acted on a "serious" bomb threat.
As police stepped up the hunt for the fugitives, French and Russian jets pounded IS targets in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa for a third consecutive day.
France and Russia have vowed merciless retaliation for the Paris attacks and last month's bombing of a Russian airliner, also claimed by the Islamic
State group, which have galvanised international resolve to destroy the jihadists and end Syria's more than four-year civil war.
Police have issued the photograph of one of the three men who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France, who investigators have established entered Europe through Greece, as hundreds of thousands of refugees have done this year.
He was found with a Syrian passport near his body, but investigators have not confirmed that he was the man in the document and are appealing for anyone who recognises him to come forward.
France has invoked a previously unused European Union article to ask member states for help in its mission to fight back against the Islamic State organisation, which received unanimous backing from Brussels.
But France also appears to be forging an unexpected alliance with Russia, which it has clashed with over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, after both countries were targeted by the jihadists in deadly attacks.
The alliance comes as international players meet to discuss ways of ending the Syrian war, which has spurred the rise of the Islamic State group, forced millions into exile and triggered Europe's worst migrant crisis since World War II.
Back in the United States, more than half of all state governors on Tuesday took steps to force the White House to freeze programs to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees, citing concerns about attacks.
Highlighting US fears over the attack, two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted Tuesday and landed safely after anonymous threats the carrier called a "bomb scare."
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