This is an undated handout photo issued by ITV News, showing a damaged wall inside the flat in Saint Denis, raided by police following the attacks in Paris. The hunt for the mastermind of last week's attacks took a bloody turn Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 to a Paris suburb where a fierce gunbattle with police left at least two people dead and eight arrested.
This is an undated handout photo issued by ITV News, showing a damaged wall inside the flat in Saint Denis, raided by police following the attacks in Paris. The hunt for the mastermind of last week's attacks took a bloody turn Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 to a Paris suburb where a fierce gunbattle with police left at least two people dead and eight arrested. ITV News via AP

Attacks: French police 'find suicide belt' in Montrouge bin

FRENCH police have discovered what they believe to be a suicide bomb belt in a bin in the southern Paris suburb of Montrouge.

Police have sealed off the area and a specialist team is investigating whether the belt contains explosives.

The belt was found near where Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam was traced to on the night of the attacks.

Salah Abdeslam could be using an alias and disguise as he remains on the run
Salah Abdeslam could be using an alias and disguise as he remains on the run

 

No traces of Kalashnikov rifles or other automatic weapons were recovered in the Saint-Denis flat where police engaged in a seven-hour gunfight with three terror suspects last Wednesday.

Having sifted the rubble and passed it through metal detectors, police were perplexed to find only one handgun, French radio network RTL reported.

Forensic scientists found a 9mm pistol and a dozen cartridges, along with fragments of an explosive vest filled with bolts.


However, police reported coming under consistent gunfire during the assault, saying they fired 5,000 rounds in retort.

"We came under heavy fire, and were up against true professionals," Jean-Michel Fauvergue, head of the elite anti-terrorist force Raid, which led the assault, told Le Parisien.

"They took turns to fire in bursts or single shots, so there was no break in their shooting."

Grenades were thrown out of the apartment, he added, wounding several police officers.

Flowers in tribute to November 13 attacks victims are seen at the foot of Le Carillon bar, in Paris, on November 21, 2015, eight days after the terror attacks which hit Paris and Saint-Denis.
Flowers in tribute to November 13 attacks victims are seen at the foot of Le Carillon bar, in Paris, on November 21, 2015, eight days after the terror attacks which hit Paris and Saint-Denis. AAP Image - NEWZULU - DENIS PREZAT

 

One of the terrorists then detonated their suicide vest, blowing a large part of the apartment's wall into the street and causing the floor to collapse.

The bodies recovered from the flat include Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is suspected of masterminding the Paris attacks, Hasna Aitboulahcen, his cousin, and an unidentified third suspect who blew himself up.

Francois Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said the operation neutralised a "new terrorist threat", and that "everything led us to believe that, considering their armaments, the structured organisation and their determination, they were ready to act".



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