At least two people have been killed and seven arrested in a police operation targeting the alleged mastermind of last week’s terror attacks on Paris, France’s interior minister said.

The Guardian reports:

François Molins, the Paris public prosecutor, said the operation was launched after phone taps and surveillance led police to believe Abdel-Hamid Aba Oud, the suspected mastermind of the bloody wave of suicide bombings and shootings that left 129 people dead and more than 350 injured on Friday, might be in the apartment.

Citing police sources, French media reported that the woman who blew herself up was Aba Oud’s cousin. Authorities said they could not yet confirm the 27-year-old Belgian extremist, who moved to Syria in 2014 to fight with Isis but is known to have returned to Europe at least once since, had been in the flat.

Seven people were arrested during the raid, launched at 4.20am by more than 100 heavily armed anti-terrorist police and Swat teams. Three men were pulled half-naked from the apartment, on an upper floor of a block in the rue de Corbillon, and two more seized later while hiding in rubble inside the building. None has so far been identified. …

The French interior ministry said police had searched a further 118 addresses across the country under France’s state of emergency on Tuesday night, leading to 25 arrests and the seizure of 34 weapons. A total of 414 houses have been raided and 60 people detained since Sunday, with 120 more under house arrest.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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