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the "charlie hebdo" attack from january, abaaoud. now, don't know what happened to him. there are reports he's been injured. police we hear, other people are dead. all of these reports are still unconfirmed. what we do know is there was a massive amount of gunfire about three hours ago, reported by locals, overheard, and as you saw that video. and then a continuing presence of police and some sort ofof asasult going on a aut half an hour ago. this h h been sporadic throughout the past four hours or so. police are being pretty tight-lipped about what's going on here. what they are telling residents is to stay indoors. and they've been very forcefully pushing the media and residents away from that area, kendis. >> we know that the brother of one of these suspected terrorists on the run had actually called for him to turn himself in. what do we know about that brother, and what else has he said to the media? >> reporter: he's in belgium. mohamed abdeslam. and he he thought h h two
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brothers were normal guys. he didn't even know they were radicalized. he said they wore jeans and sweaters and only sporadically went to the mosque. he called on them to turn themselves in, to let justice take care of itself. he said that his family feels for all the victims but he also wanted people to note that his mother has been suffering as well. >> you're actually in france. we know across the border in belgium it was believed at one point that onef those militants who escapap the raid may have actually crosseded the border. and we were in a similar situation j jt a couple dayay ago outside of a home where we thought he was inside. can you tell us about that and what happened? >> reporter: there's been this helter-skelter search for these now two suspects that are believed not to have detonated their explosives devices on friday night. most of those attackers, the eight that we knew of until we knew of a ninth about yesterday, they detonated their suicide vests. so a number of them are dead.
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a number of them, or at least a couple are believed to be on the lam, and it's possible one of them is just down the street from here. again, all of this is unclear. there has been a massi manhunt in france and in most of europe. of course the game between the netherlands and germany canceled last night because of terror threats there too. angela merkel, the chancellor, was supposed to be at that game. so the entire continent is on tenterhooks. and here in france police a telling us they've launched hundreds of raids, made a number of arrests over the past couple of days, but again, they are still searching for those two missing suspects, possibly the mastermind of this attack, and as you can see, they are turning out in vast numbers. -- the public is safe and that they get their men. >> and matt, hang on for a second. we want to give a lay of the land of where matt is right now. take a look at this map. of course many people might be familiar with the city of paris. this is about 30 minutes northeast of central paris.
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saint-denis. that area. and it's sort of like halfway between central paris and charles de gaulle, the international airport. now, this is also a residential area. so matt, at this hour with sunrise already, are people being told to stay in place? have you noticed a lot of activity beyond the police officers that are out there? >> reporter: this is a working-class neighborhood, kendis. and as you mentioned, it's very close to the stade de france. that's where the three suicide attackers detonated their devices during another soccer game on friday night. that was the start of all of these attacks. working-class neighborhood. so when we rolled in here at about 5:30 a.m. as this was still going on, people were starting to go about their business, starting to get to work, and this very large perimeter has been closed off. what we've seen is people actually coming down from those buildings over there, hands on their head. the police training their weapons on them. because right now everybody who's -- you can hear some
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shouting right now. anybody who comes out of these buildings is csidered a suspect until, you know, they identify themselves. so a tremendous amount of tension here. people are being told by the governing officials to stay indoors. a lot of people looking around here. so not everybody is heeding that. but clearly the danger is not over. and you know, it's worth -- it's noteworthy that police in this -- at their -- >> our matt gutman, obviously the communications are coming in and out. it's not a very secure area there. but matt gutman talking about how there were ten explosions heard in this area about 30 minutes from paris. officials believe that potentially the mastermind behind the terror attack on friday could be holed up inside those apartments. >> all right. let's get to our brad garrett right now who's on the phone with us. brad, you're well familiar with these sort of situations. what do you think the officers that are there on the scene are doing right now, and what exactly do you think is going on?
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>> one of the keys anytime you're trying to determine if somebody's in a residence is what intelligence do you have that he's there. in other wos, did neighbors call you? did a source call you? what is the situation? and then what you try to do is take that and can you actually corroborate it?? in other words, what makes you, the police, convinced that this person is in that house? you know, as we just experienced the last couple of days, they entered a house and he wasn't there. they thought he was inside. so maybe they have that situation, maybe they don't. but at some point if they have enough time they're going to figure out how to get either cameras or mikes inside a particular location to actually determine what they can see. and at some junctutu, and i think you'ree reporting you're hearing noises, which may possibly be flash bangs, et cetera. that they may well have entered,
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you know, a residence or an apartment, whatever it might be. >> brad, i was really surprised. shortly after these attacks on friday the fbi coming out and saying that they will be upping surveillance in this country and particularly looking for people dark. can you tell us about that and what the fbi is doing post these attacks on friday? >> sure. that i g g l lerally dozens o o people they'reeeping track of. and what the suggestion is, based on what we just saw in paris, is that there is no outward or open communication. now, is there encrypted communication? that remains to be seen. but the k here is that if you've got some players or individuals that you're particularly concerned about then you're going to up the surveillance. in other words, the physical surveillance. the electronic surveillance. obviououy, of cell phoness and/or hard lines. and i think that's what they're suggesting, that there may be a
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core group of people they really have the most concern about, and they're trying to do sort of what they cl the tick-tock, which is literal the tick-tock of their life, where are they, where are they going, who are cetera. situation like this? they're talking about an area, molenbeek in brussels that they believe to be the epicenter where the planning took place. they say this community, it is largely muslsl, that very titit-knit. how d ds the fbi o o anynyaw enforcement crack any sort of community that is very tight-knit? even if you up the surveillance in that area. the people aren't going to speak. how do you get a tipoff as to what's happening or what people are up to? >> well, the biggest advantage they have today is even people in communities like that -- this know that the behavior that occurred in paris will come back down on them. and it is in effect i think coming back down on them to a certain extent. so that will getome peoplee to
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but you bring up a point that's been a real issue for the fbi and others during -- since 9/11. there's been complaints from the muslim community that the bureau and other agencies, nypd in particular, were using too aggressive of tactics. they were trying to infiltrate mosques, et cetera. so you've got that whole component, that some of its worked, some ofoft has nono but it still boils down to two things -- human sources and and i suspect that's where they're getting the majority of the information that's driving, for example, the current location where they're attempting to apparently go into or think about going into a residence or an apartment. >> all right, brad. i'm just curious about this one thing. they're saying this morning it's
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possible abdelhamid abaaoud, and this is a guy who's suspected hind the "charlie hebdo" attack, the train attack that didn't happen, and now this, and they thought that he was in syria and now it turns out he might possibly be in a suburb of paris in a residential area? does that kind of shock you that that may be the case, that he might have been able to survive there for all this time? >> no. because the ability particularly in europe to move around, particularly if you're doing it by car, is just not that difficulul and particularly if yoyohave great fake i.d.s and/or somebody else is moving you. i can definitely see that to be a possibility. >> all right. our brad garrett, the former fbi agent and our abc news contributor, joining us right now. and we are at this hour getting some new video from the raid taking place about 30 minutes from paris. we will have our alex marquardt on the ground from paris, from france in just a moment. please stay with us. what do you got to offer us today? balance transfer that's my game
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welcome back. we're following the breaking news that is taking place in the overnight hours in the suburb of paris, happening about 30 minutes north of the center of paris. a police raid has been ongoing for much of the last several hours. this is a live picture right now of that neighborhood, the san dennis neighborhood. as we mentioned, it's close to where the national stadium is, the stade de france, where there was a suicide attack as well on friday. and we do believe that one of the main suspects at least two suspects, were the target. >> and they're calling that, as you said, the tart of the operation there. it unclear exactly who's inde, but on the ground is our alex marquardt. alex, what can you tell us right
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now about the situation? >> reporter: good morning, kendis. good morning, reena. just moments ago we heard from the office of the french justice coming to an end. it started around 4:30 in the morning. it's just past 8:00 now. it's been relatively quiet for abououthe the past half an hour. whatate've also learnene is onene of the suspects who is inside this apartment about 200 yards down the road here was a woman who detonated her suicide vest and died. we understand from the french there were three suspects inside, two of whom are dead, one who may still be alive. we have not confirmed that. as i mentioned this raid started at 4:30 in the morning very intensively with loud gunfire and explosions that continued for quite some time. about half an hour ago we heard the sound of whatt could have been concussion grenadede or sound grenades, something that police forces might use as they storm into a building. as you can see, the light now
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coming up and residents have gathered here along with the media to see what -- quite frankly that's not very much. our view is being blocked by police vehicles. there is a large unit of heavily armed polole right now with body armor in a r ratively relaxed position. they are still quite heavily armed. but given their stance, one could imagine that this siege is indeed over as the office of the justice ministry said. however, in the meantime the mayor's office has asked the residents of this neighborhood, as you mentioned, it's a suburb of paris, about half an hour north, to stay inside. many residents around here not listening to that. they have also closed some of the 12 schools here in this neighborhood. reena, kendis? >> we alsoant to show you, 've got some video just in right now of that raid. we wanted to show it to you right now at this hour. >> yeah, alex, as you were talking, we could see that video
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and you could hear a lot of the bangs. this is taking place -- listen there. [ gunfire and explosions ] this video as that raid was taking place earlier this morning. and it seemed, alex, as if this went on for several hours. >> that's what we understand from witnesses androm official sources, that once this started at 4:30 in the morning it's continued for quite some time. we arrived on the scene about an hour ago. by that point it was relatively quiet. except for that loud spurt of explosions that i mentioned that seemed to case thend of this raid. the major question this morning is whether the main suspect, the ringleader, the mastermind of this attack, a man named abdelhamid abaaoud, was inside. he wasas the taet. we have no confirmion that he was inside this apartment. that'll be the big question that
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we're trying to get answers to right now. >> also very surprised, alex, hearing about a female suicide bomber as well. we are going to head to break, but we will sl v.have our alex marquardt on the scene as well as matt gutman. more in just a moment. meatball on white! next! you want mustard on that or not! come on, come on. i haven't got all day here! it doesn't come with peppers! they're extra! hurry up.pay the lady! nene! the chicken's fresh. i killed it t self. so that's what you want? next!
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a series of raids taking place just in the pasas few hours. the streets of a paris suburb in saint-denis erupted in what we're hearing are shots. we're not sure if they're stun grenades and exactly what went down. we know there are two suspects we believe potentially held inside an apartment. there have been a great deal of police raid activity going on. we want to go to our alex marquardt of abc news on the ground right there. alex, what are you hearing? >> reporter: good morning, reena. what we've confirmed so far from the justice ministry is that this raidds coming to an end if it hasn't finishehe already.y. we've also confirmed that one of the suspects who was inside was a woman who detonated her suicide vest. the french officials tell us the target of this raid was a man named abdelhamid abaaoud, who is way 26-year-old belgian, senior isis member, featured in many videos, who was believed to be in syria. if he is indeed in this country, in france, that would be a big
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he is believed to be the mastermind behind this s sies of attackss on friday that left 129 people dead. of course there's also an international manhunt for another belgian, a man named
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for paris. now, both according to officials received anonymous threats just after takeoff. officials said in a statement that after -- as a precautionana measure, rather, and to conduct alllecessary safety checks. bobo flights were diverted mid-flight, and they landed safely, one in halifax and a respectively. they tell us an investigation will be led by the authorities to identify the source of this telephone call. and at this time once again abc news is still monitoring the developments, but we have just read according to the associated press they're reporting that authorities have investigated and at this time found no edible threat. they are reporting that that came from an fbi statement released late tuesd night. so obce again, we are monitoring the developments involvingwo
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mid-flight and both of them, we are told, made safe landings, one in halifax, the other -- okay. >> the other one -- >> elizabeth, i know it's still the middle of the night but do we know anything from the faa? >> you know, elizabeth, i'm going to cut you off because this is a live picture. we doo see some police officers there. this issn the saint-denis area. we've been following this police raid that's been going on all throughout the early morning hours of paris, and it does seem as if some police officers are mobilizing there. they don't seem in that much of a rush, but they're moving in. >> we do know our crew on the ground has said that it has gone really -- taken a quieter stance, that officials have said they believe the terror raid is over at this point and hence the more lax approach they're seeing on the ground. but they did start off this night with ten explosions. they believe pososbly stun grenades. about a half hour away from ris in a somewh rough neighborhood. middle-class, working-class. >> we're going to continue to follow these developments as well as that situation that
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stay with us. this morning on "world news now" we're covering breaking news from france. >> a massive police operaraon just norththf paris in n e town of saint-denis, a suburb. we are told that police have gone after several suspects in friday's attack there on paris. >> earlier this evening we heard that there were a series of at least ten explosions. potentially a stun grenade of some sort. and in a middle-class neighborhood just as you mentioned, kendis, 30 minutes from paris. we want to go now onto the scene. abc's alex marquardt has actually just witnessed a great deal of police activity. alex, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good rning, reena. there was a flurryy that actctity at came out of nowhere in the
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past five minutes. we've been he for about an hour, and all the police here have been relatively relaxed. we'd been told by the justice ministry that this raid was coming to an end. and then in an instant around a half dozen to a dozen police officers took off running away from the central square where we are right now. all of the press here, and there are about 50 of us, and many more residents, around 100 of them, followed in hot pursuit to see where they were going down the narrow side streets of thiss suburbrbf paris. they had their guns drawn. they wenthrough a park right nearby. they told a woman who was walking through the park, it's 9:00 in the morning, people are starting to come out, to get down on the ground. it was unclear what exactly they were going after, but they seemed very aggressive. they were running quite quickly. as i mentioned, they did have their guns drawn. 500 yards away down this narrow street before the police promptly turned back around, yelled at us to get out of the
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way, and came b bk here t tthe squarere so we are essentially back to squaua one, if you will. we understand as i mentioned from the justice ministry that this raid has come to an -- sources that one of the suspects inside this apartment surrounded by police around 200 yards down the street was a woman who detonated her explosives vest. and the big -- who else was inside that apartment. the target of the investstation, ench officials -- was a m m named abdelhamid abaaoud. he i i a 26-year-old belgian, a very prominent member of eesis who had featured in a number of online videos, barbaric execution online videos, who is believed to be in syria, believed to be the mastermind, the organizer of these attacks on friday night that left 129 people dead. it was quite surprising to learn
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and of course the other person who is ofgreat intntest to international officials, to law enforcement, is salah abdeslam, also a 26-year-old belgian, who is -- who had been believed to be theone survivor, the lone attacker of the eight attackers on friday night. his whereabouts are unknown. an international manhunt has been launched. and then late last night french authorities came out saying there is a second suspect who is on the run, a second possible tacker that would b bng the total number ofttackers to nine. kendis, reena? >> alex, if that is abdelhamid abaaoud who is in there, the target of this raid, that would really be a big deal. i know you covered the "charlie hebdo" attack earlier this year. this guy would be a high-value target, right? >> reporter: it would be hugely significant.
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was the -- you know, he's believed to be the ringleader, the mastermind of t ts operation, a guyho has been featured inhese propaganda videos, these execution videos that isis has become known for. he's a belgian citizen of moroccan descent, and isis has put their european and other foreign members front and center to try to recruit people from around the world. isis is believed to have thousands of members from various european countries. belgium, where he's from, has the highest number of fighters in isisproportionalal. hundreds, thousanan more comomg fromoth france and -- prominent member of isis. to find him back here is very significant. of course to catch him would be even more significant. kendis? >> and we're looking right now, of images of police activity right around the area where the
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raid took place in the apartment complex. alex, we know this is a middle-class residential area but talk to us. you are based in the middle east. you cover a lot of this type of activity. tell us what would go on in the minds ofofolice at this hour when you're dealing witit civilians in a heavily populated area. >> reporter: we, they've been carrying out dozens, scores o attacks every night, ever since these attacks happened on friday night that left 129 people dead. both in belgium and in france. and so some of these raids they say are connected directly to the investigation around the attack. others are t. we were rapapng up in the downtown paris a couple hours ago when news of shootings came out in saint-denis and it quickly became clear that this was connected to the attacks on friday night. the french have obviously been
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cracking down on neighborhoods like the one we've been talking about, molenbeek in brussels. now, mollen brooek is very enen enen enen molenbeek is very interesting because it's in ceceral bruce sxlz yet it't's come aotbed of jihadism. hundreds of its residents have gone off to fight for isis in syria and other j)hadist broke. there are some 900 people. disaffected. there's a high unemployment rate. so that's why they feel disenfranchised. and that's why this radical jihadism, extremism, has been on the rise. and you see the same symptoms here in france as well. when people talk about the banlieueuethe suburbs outsidedef parishere you have large muslim populations of young disenfranchised muslims who feel disconnected with french society, secular french society, who feel targeted by french
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and that's what many experts accuse of stirring up this angry, of fomenting this extremism and causing these young people to go to syria and to iraq and elsewhere. the fear now is that we have the attacks in january and w wve had these attacks now and that this is j jt the beginning of a new wave of attacks, that we're going to see not just in france but in europe and beyond. isis hasaid they want to target the u.s. and washington in particular. i spoke with secretary of state john kerry yesterday, who said that anybody who was engaging in the fight with daesh, with isis, is now a target. so this is something that european and american officials fear, that this is the beginning of a new wave of attacks internationally by is. >> alex marquardt reporting fromm saint-t-nis for us. alex, we appreciate the update. we want to get now to our affiliate, france 24, the english and french channel.
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and they have some eyewitness sound we want to get to right now. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. so i looked out the window. when we called the police, we didn't know what's going on and what we heard, we thought it was like a shooting or something. but then she told us that the lice were intervrving. so we could hear shootings. and we could hear the helicopters flying. >> she told me that she was woken up by a huge explosion. police stormed into the building and told her to duck down on the floor. she was with her husband and her baby. and then she got reallycared and she spent two hours lying down on the floor.
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remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her -- they evacuated her and told her to go to city hall. that's where she -- she told me she was scared for her son, that it was a very traumatic experience. >> you were just looking at live pictures from the french suburb of saint-denis where police raids have just completed, we're toldld we will be g gng in just few minutes torad garrett,ormer fbi special agent, to recap exactly what's being -- what's going on here in america. stay with us. you're watching "world news now." >> i'm alex trebek. if you're age 50 to 85, this is an important message. so please, write down the number on your screen. the lock i want to talk to you about isn't the one on your door. it's a rate lock for your life insurance that guarantees your rate can never go up at any time, for any reason. but be cararul. many policies you see do not have one, but you can get
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interesting turn because so far we haven't heaea of any female susuide bombers invnvved in any of this,lanning or execution. and the fact to hear that, pretty surprising this morning. we want to go now to brad garrett, former fbi special agent. we spoke to him earlier this morning and we want to hear a little more about what brad has to hear about this situation. >> reporter: well, one of the keys anytime you're trying to determine if somebody's in a residence, is what intelligence do you have that he's there? call you? did a source call you? what is the s suation? and what youry to do is take that and can you actually corroborate it? in other words, what makes you, the police, convinced that this person is in that house? as we just experienced the last couple of days, they entered a house and he wasn't there. they thought he was inside. maybe they had that situation. maybe they don't. but at some point if they have
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figure out how to get either cameras or mikes inside a particular l lation tooctually determine what they caca see. and at some juncture, and i think you're reporting, you're hearing noises which may possibly be flash bangs, et cetera, that they may well have entered a residence or an apartment, whatever it might be. >> brad, i was really surprised shortly after these attacks on friday the fbi coming out and saying that they will be upping surveillance in this country and particularly looking for people potentially who suddenly go dark. can you tell us about that and what the fbi is doing post thesese attacks on friday? >> sure. they've got literally dozens of people they're keeping track of. and what the suggestion isased on what we just saw in paris, is that there is no outward or open communication. now, is there encrypted communication?
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but the key here is that if you have got some players or individuals that you're particularly concerned about then you're going to you up the surveillance. in other words, thehe physical surveillance,he electronic surveillance, obviously of cell phones and or hard lines. and i think that's what they're suggesting, that there may be a core group of people that they really have the most concern about, and they're trying to do sort of what they call the ticktock, which is literally the ticktock of their life, where are they, where are they going, who are they associating with, et cetera? >> brad, what happens in a situation like this?? they're talking about an area molenbeek in brussels that they believe to be the epicenter whwhe the planning t tk place. they say this mmunity, it is largely muslim, very tight-knit. how does the fbi or any law enforcement crack any source of mmunity that is very tightnight even if you up the surveillan in that area, the people aren't going to speak, how do you get a tipoff as to what's happening or what people are up to?
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>> well, the biggest advantage they have today is even people in communities like that -- this know that the behavior that occurred in paris will come back down on themem and it is in effectct think coming back downnn them a certain extent. so that will get some people to talk to you. but you bring up a point that's been a real issue for the fbi and others during -- since 9/11. you know, there's been complaints from the muslim community that the bureau and other agencies, nypd in particular, are using too aggressive of tactics, they were trying to infiltrate sques, et tera. and so you've got that whole compmpent that some of it's wowoing, some of it has not. but you know, it still boils down to two things. human sources and electronic intercepts. and i suspect that's where
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they're getting the majority of the information that's driving, for example, the current location where they're attempting to apparently go into -- or think about going into a residence or an apartment. >> all right, brad. i'm jusus curious abobo this one thing. because you know, they're saying this morning it's possible abdelhamid abaaoud, and this is the guy suspected behind the "charlie hebdo" attack, the train attack that didn't happen, and now this. and they thought he was in syria, and now it turns out he might possibly be in suburb of paris in a residential area. does that kind of shock you that that might be the case, that he might have been able to survive there for all this time? >> no. because the ability, particularly i i europe, to m me around, pararcularly ifou're doing it by car is just than difficult. and particularly if you have great fake i.d.s and/oromebody else is moving you, i can
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>> that was former fbi special agent brad garrett giving us a sense of what's going on inside these operations and also here domestically as to how the fbi and law enforcement are responding post those paris attacks on friday. we will have more eyewitness accounts from the ground, from paris, from saint-denis, that suburb not too far from paris. stay with us. u're watching "world news
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we're continuing our coverage of the police raids targeting suspects in the terror attacks in paris. and we want to give you some sound of some eyewitnesses to this morning's raid north of paris. >> i heard an explosion about 20 minutete o, about six explosions. i didn't count but it was quite a few explosions. it was about 20 minus ago. >> and what's happening there now? has it gone quiet again there now? >> yes, it seems quiet but then for safety reasons i won't be looking too much. and then, yeah, at least 50 police, army vehicles, and over 100 soldiers, policemen. >> i woke up hearing gunshotsts anan we could hear it.
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them know what's going on and what we heard. and we thought it was like a shooting or something. then she told us that the police was intervening. it's called the raid police. so we could hear the shootings until 5:30 a.m. i think and we could still hear the helicopters. now they're -- >> and she told me that she was wokeke up by a huge explosion. police stormed into the sxwlg told her to get down on the floor. she was with her husband and her baby. and she got really scared and spent two hours lying down on the floor. police told her to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her to -- they evacuated her and told her to go to the city hall. she t td me she's really, really scared, she was scared for her
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good morning. we're following breaking news out of france. in a french suburb not far from paris, police terror raids taking place there. our alex marquardt is on the ground right now. alex, we're hearing about police potentially injured as well as some arrests potentially. what can you tell us about the situation there? >> reporter: good morning, ena. there hadad been earlier reports not long aftererhis raid got under way about 4/2 hours ago at 4:30 this morning that several police had been injured. what we do know, what we have confirmed with french officials is that one of the suspects that was inside this apartment building that was raided was a woman. she detonated her suicide vest. there are reports from the
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french news agency that there were at least two others inside that apartment, one of whom w w killed, one o o w4078 is still alive. those have not been confirmed. in the last few minutes there has been activity after a rather quiet period easter the last hour and 15 minutes or so. after we heard a loud series of explosions which we believe to have been sound grenades, the kind that police would use as they storm a house. and what's happening now is until now there had been a series of police vehicles here that were blocking the view but in the last few moments they've been moving around. you can see here in front of me a police officer with his rifle at the ready. they've just put on their helmets. there's a lot more activity here. cars driving away -- moments ago out of nowhere a lot of the police offics who had been here just took off running toward another area in this paris suburb.
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to see what was happening. -- minutes they turned back around and came back here with no word as to why. so again, we understand from the french justice ministry that this raid is either coming to an end or has come -- relatively quiet for the past 75 minutes or so. the french have said that the target of this raid is abdelhamid abaaoud. he is believed to be the mastermind, the organizer of these attacks on friday night that left 129 people dead. very prominent member of isis. he's from belgium. 26 years old. and he was believed to be in syria. now he may be in france. that is the big question to answer this morning. >> that is a big question. many are wondering how he was able to get into that neighborhood, which is a residential neighborhood just north of theeity of paris. we're going to contitie to follow the developments takinin place this morning in paris. police targeting the suspects in friday's terrible attacks on paris. >> and as alex marquardt said, those terror raids coming to an end.
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raids taking place the past few days throughout the country. we will have more live coverage right here on abc.
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now." good morning on this wednesday november 18th. this is a special edition of "woror news now." >> we're following breakakg news from france.. >> gunfire and police raids north of paris. the search for suspected terrorists takes a new turn, a dramatic one. we're going to take you to the scene. raids targeting paris's mastermind. that is what police have told us they believe that they have focused on this area in a suburb not too far from paris, specifically in an apartment complex. initially they believed there were two suspects holed up inside. and there have been several developments that have been taking place just within the last few hours. all of this playing out 4:30 in the mornrng, paris time, 10:30 eastern t te last night here on
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the east coast. we want to get to our alex marquardt who has been on the scene shortly afterall of this started going down. alex, what do you know now? >> reporter: well, good morning, kendis. well, just a short few seconds ago the clock tower here in the center of saint-denis tolled 9:00. that raid started taking place around 4:30 this morning when police launched it with a very intensive strike. there were loud volleys of gunfirirheard. explososns. that lasted for q qte some timeme understood there werer several wounund among the police. we've been on the scene now for around two hours. about an hour and a half ago we heard a loud series of explosions which we believe to be sound grenades or concussion grenades if you will that police often use in sieges and -- we understand from the french justice ministry is that this raid is either coming to an end or has finished. it has been relatively quiet here for quite some time. ththe have been flurries of
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has been quiet in terms of the firing, the explosions and so on. we also understand from french officials that one of the suspects who was holed up in this apartnt around 200 meters down that road, maybe you can see the police lights blinking down there, was a woman, and she detonated her suicide vest. we understand from the french news agency agence france-presse that there were at least two other suspects in there, one of whom is now believed to be dead. reena? >> alex,here were twowo bigig developments overnight. one was the fact there was a second suspect on the run they were looking for. and also the fact to hear from your reporting this morning that there was a female who had an explosive vest and detonated. how surprised were you to hear that there was female involvement in this operation? >> reporter: well, one would have to assume given the complexity of this operation that it was highly coordinated. we're talking about the friday night attacks that killed 129 people.
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in the heartrt of europe. at many dififrent cations. this was a highly coordinated, very well-organized attack that would have taken months to organize. french officials and other international officials have said it was organized from syria. and so it would have taken well beyond the initial eight attackers that they believe were involved in this attack. you have to imagine there were -- who were involved. so it's really not fa far-fetched to imagine there were also women invved in this attack. you have to remember that thousands of peoplpl from europe have gone to join isis in syr and many of them have been women. they're often referred to as isis brides. they don't generally see any sort of frontline fighting. many of them go to the de facto capital, raqqah. isis's de facto capital raqqah in syria. so it's really not all that surprising that they would have a female accomplice. now, to your previous point, until last night it was believed
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attackers on friday night, seven of whom died during the attacks. one became the prime suspect. his namam is salah abdeslam. he's a 26-year-old belgian. he is believed to be alive, on th run. an international manhunt h!s been launched to find him. but then late last night in a big new development the french came out saying there was a possible ninth attacker who could have been involved. that's being based off of cctv, closed circuit video of one of the incidents that showed three people in a car rather than two peoplele so a s sond suspectctas -- still alive, has been added to this list by french authorities. kendis, reena? >> and alex, the french prosecutors have been saying all morning long that the target of the raids that took place in saint-denis right there behind you has been abdelhamid abaaoud, who was the mastermind behind all of this. how surprising is it for you who have been covering this since
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have possible have been right there in that residential neigigorhood? >> repepter: not just s sprising but scary. this is the n nhtmare scecerio that french and european and american intelligence agencies all fear. you have thousands of fighters from these countries who have gone to syria to fight. and if this turns out to be true, and we know it has happened in previous occasions, make their way back to europe and join cells or form cells here in europe. we believe there are these sleeper cells not just in europe but in the united states. so it would be e earrassing to the french intelligence services and to interpol. it would be extremely scary, as i ientioned. but it is something of the chickens coming home to roost. this is something that officials have feared for quite some time. this belgian, abdelhamid abaaoud, he's a 26-year-old originally of moroccan descent.
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he is not someone who has just stood on the sidelines. he is someone who has risen to quite some prominence within the isis ranks, appearing in many of their propaganda videos, most notably some of the most brutal propaganda videosshere they execute foreigners and people who are against them. so this is someone whos quite well known. he was believed to have organized this from virsyria. if it does indeed turn out to be true he is here in france that disturbing. >> absolutely. quite a few developments in the paris suburb of saint-denis where our alex marquardt is standing by for us. alex, thank you. weweant to go too another art of this area, to matt well. matt, we're hearing right now, breaking news from the associated press, that there have been thr arrested in that have you seen any arrests and what are you hearing on the >> reporter: we've seen a number of people being led out with their hands on their heads. arrested.
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entire area, in the perimeter, has to be probably about half a square mile, has been ordered to stay in their home. so anybody who's out and about could be considered a suspect. no reports on who was arrested or the exact target. but as alex just mentioned, clearly the number one target right now in the french crosshairs, abdelhad abaaoud, is someone@who's suspected to have been in this location. and that's why we noticed police being so jittery. we've been here for a few days, and it has been clear that france is on high alert and that they're extremely eager and keen on finding the suspects in this case and having the mastermind right here in northern paris of both of these attacks, as alex said, is not only an embarrassment, it a ao speaks to intelligence. what seems to be an entire collapse in the ability to discern whether or not their top target is in fact right beneath their noses.
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hundreds and hundreds of police officers, heavily armed, wearing body armor around their shoulders and of course covering their chests with automatic weapons have been spread out around this perimeter ordering people back. we've seen them rush in. the army has come in as well. and that is possibl a source of al that gunfire you heard earlier. and it's been sporadic. and that's one of the things that's possibly most surprising about this, is how long it has last. probably about four hours now since the first reports of gunfire and we've heard additional gunfire, sometimes dozens of bullets, sometimes a single shot, and of course ten explosions that we heard as well which probably sounded like small explosions. they could have been stun grenades. which speak to possibly some sort of f rest going on or continuing siege and attempt to try to captutu people alive rathererhan killing them. so this continues to be an ongoing and very large operation, possibly the finale
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of this attack if in fact -- of the paris attacks from any killing 129 people. if in fact french authorities have managed to corner or possibly arrest abdelhamid abaaoud. >> all right, matt. and i know you've been on the move. we saw where saint-denis is there just about 30 minutes north offentral paris. matt, you've been on the m me in this area. does i i seem as though the situtuion is calming down a little bit? by the way, these are live pictures of that neighborhood. >> reporter: it does. it seems that police are a little bit more relaxed. but every once in a while they seem to be sinting somewhere. in addition to that, every time that somebody comes out of one of these buildings, and this is a working-class neighborhood, so when we came in here at about 6:00 a.m. there were still some people, you know, coming out and about, getting their coffee, about to go to work. a lot of them were sent running. some of them came out of their houses with their hands on their heads. nobody wanted to o c csidered a suspececor thrhrtening in anyny way to the police officers out here because they were twitchy and they physically pushed back
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time we got even near the perimeter. so very, very edgy here. and again, kendis, all these people in this entire neighborhood have been ordered by theoverning authorities to stay indoors. i don't think that that has been rescinded yet. 12 schools have been closed today around here. kids not going to school. this entire area is on lockdownwn and again, polole couldn't be any more jittery than they are right now. >> matt, i want to take you -- we've got some breaking news. pas prosecutor's office saying that they have made five arrests overnight, three from inside that apartment. three people have been detained. we don't know exactly what their identities are. but we do know a man and a woman came close to the apartment. they have also been detained in this process. >> and then you also have that woman who set herself -- ignited her explosive belt, who is dead this morning. matt, we're going to check backk withthyou, but we're going to take auick break rigig now. and on the other side of this break we' going to hr from some of the eye and ear
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for those of you joining us now, we have breaking news coverage from raids in paris not far from a paris suburb as the country there is attempting to recover from the attacks. we are learning from these raids overnight that there were five people arrested, three from inside an apartment building that's just 30 minutes from paris. there are people that have been detained. no information on the identities. we do know that a man and woman
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the apartment building were also detained as well, and one woman did set off her explosive suicide velvlv. >> and we're told that the rget of allhese raidsas the mastermind behind the attacks that took place on friday, abdelhamid abaaoud. in the meanti, though, as this wa all playing out around 4:30 in the morning paris time, many residents in the neighborhood in saint dennis were waking up to these sounds. take a listen. >> i heard an explosion, about 20 minutes ago, about six explosions. well, i didn't count, actually, but it was quite a few explosions. that was about 20 minutes ago. >> and what's happening there now? has it gone quiet now? >> yes, it seems quiet, but for safety reasons i won't be looking too much. and then yeah, at least 50 police army vehicles and over 100 soldiers, policemen.
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i saw that people were posting it, posting about the shooting. and then at that time i realized that there was a shooting and then i informed all my friends and flatmates and people around the area. and then yeah, there were continuous gunshots for it felt like over half an hour. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. i went out to the window and we could hear it. then we called the police to let them know what's going on and what we heard, and we thought it was like a shooting or something. but then she told us that the police was intervening. it's called a raid police. so we could hear t t shootings until 5:30 a.m., i think. and then we could still see the helicopters flying. and now -- we just want to be safe and we don't think about
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something like that. we never thought it could ever happen in my town. it's very weird to see that and terrifying. places we gogo oftenen on tv with e police. that's terrifying. i'm just shaking right now. >> she told me that she was woken up b a huge explosioj. police stormed into the building and told her to get down on the floor. she was with her husband and her -- who's a baby. and she got really scared and she spent two hours lying down on the floor. police told her to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her --hey evacuated her and told her to go to the cityyhall. that's where -- she told me she was really, really scared. she was scared for her son and that it was a very traumatic experience. >> you hear the eyewitness tell
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place in the paris suburb of saint-denis this morning. and even at this hour, i would say about five hours after all of this started this morning, you can see police still have a big and heavy presence there in that neighborhood north of paris. >> and immediately after those attacks on paris,n friday thereeere air strikes shortly after i i syria. now we are seeing a aeries of raids that have taken place. at least a minimum of 168 raids over the past few days. what you are looking at is 30 minutes from the suburbs of paris in this middle-class neighborhood. heavy police presence. we knew there were at least ten explosions, gunfire erupting throughout this street there, and then we are hearing that the entire raid has finished, that five arrests were made and one woman set off a suicide vest.. >> we were told that some police officers were injured as a result of this morningraid. we haven't gotten the full extent of what those injuries are. and we haven't gotten the full identity as yet as to who might have been arrested, those five
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of activity behind us in the course of the past few minutes. what looked to be police special forces wearing ski masks have just walked away from us. for much of the past two hours that we've been here it has been relatively calm in this immediate vicinity. but in the last, say, half an hour there has been a bit more activity with these police officers putting on their body armor and helmets and they have their guns at the ready. now, the big questn right now is whether this mastermind of these friday attacks, abdelhamid abaaoud, was indeed arrested. he was the target of these- of this raid today. we understand from the prosecutor's office that five arrests were made, three from inside the apartment and another apartment. among them. >> all right. our alex marquardt there with the latest on the situation there in paris. we're going to reset and give
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thank you for joining us. we have continuing breaking news out of france. where we're looking att a area just 300inutes from paris,n area that has been a focus of police activity. >> yeah. as we continue to look at that activity that's taking place there, we want to bring in our elizabeth hur, who has been following something else that was developing ovnight, where we have these two planes that were diverted. and elizabeth, as we bring you in, we are getting this word from the desk that there were no explosives found on the air france plane that was diverted to halifax. but reset. tell us what happened with these two planes. >> reporter: yeah, kendis and rerea, certainly that'sshe good news and the updatatwe were a hoping for. what we know at this point, at least according to air france
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officials,s this. they tell us that two of their planes received anonymous threats, bomb threats were called in just after takeoff. one left los angeles. the other took off from d.c. you no, out of an abundance of caution airline officials say they decided to request that both of though planes make an emergency landing. again, one landing in salt lake, the other in lifax. the late word that we are getting is that t viously their pliert on locatioio was to make sure that all the passengers and the crew members were safe. they were safely deplaned. then canine officers and investigators got on the plane, and according to fbi officials they found no explosives on these planes. in fact, we have gotten word that the plane that was grounded in salt lake city, that was already been cleared and it is now back in the air and on its way to paris. officials in halifax, they tell us that that plane has also been cleareddnd what's happening right n n is obviously w wt to
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been deplaned and how to get them back en route back to paris. so this investigation is continuing, but the good news, according to the fbi, no explosives were found. and of course the next step right now is to figure out who called in the threats. and of course that's the source to see what happened here. >> have we heard anything more, elizabeth, from the faa? do we expect anything to change asasar as s surity on flighgh herere in the u.s.? >> reporter: at least at t ts point according to the faa officials they are so far just confirming the details that we have been reporting, that yes, we can confirm that these two flights were diverted. and yes, these -- all of the passengers, first and foremost, are safe and now back on their route to paris. this investigation is continuing. at this time no changes at the airports. but obviously, they're closely monitoring. kendis and reena? >> it really does give you a sense of how stresesul things are for many people at this
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hour. thank you, elizabeth hur reporting from here in our headquarters. >> and we will be continuing our live coverage.
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where terror raids have good morning on this wednesday move 18th. this is a special edition of "world news now." >> we're following breaking news from france. >> gunfire and police raids north of paris. you see the scece there earlier. the suspected terrorists under arrest. and all the breaking developments from france. good morning, everyone. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm reena ninan. helicopters, gunfire, stun grenades. we've hea all of these explosions overnight. right now we have on the ground abc's alex marquardt. alex, what are you hearing from police at this hour? >> reporter: good morning, reena. well, the justice department tells us that this raid has wrapped up and that coincideses with what we'e' seeing here o o the grgrnd.
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it has beeee relatively quiet for the past two hours. the last thing that we heaea was a flurry or series of loud explosions that were probably concussion grenades or sound grenades that police used to stun people when they carry out these raids. what we understand from the paris prosecutor's office is that five arrests were made. three from inside that apartment building that is about 200 yards down the road from us and two other people, a man and a woman who were near that apartment building. now, the big question this morning is whether one of those five people arrested is abdelhamid abaaoud. he is believed to be the ringleader, the organizer of this series of attacks that took place on friday night that left 129 people dead. he is a 27-year-old belgian that was believed to be in syria with isis. he is a prominent member of isis. he has been featured in many of their propaganda videos trying to recruit fellow europeans, fellow french speakers, but also
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in some of the more barbaric propaganda videos as welll in which theyy show the executions of those who have turned -- or those they accuse of turning against isis. so as i mentioned, he was believed to be in syria. we understand from french officials this morning that the target of this raid was indeed abaaoud. and so the big question this morning that we're waiting to hear is whether he was among those five arrested in that apartment. >> something so different, alex, is the fact this man is a belgiaia national. he w wn't someoeo in s sia who found a way to make it over. he was from the country itself. how is that affecting the way police are going about their -- lookingmay be associated with him? >> reporter: this is essentially the nightmare scenario. this is the chickens coming home to roost. we know that thousands of europeans from belgium, from france, in elsewhere have gone to join isis in syria. particularly from belgium, which
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inin terms of - - has the highest per capita number proportionately of fighters who have been to join isis. specifically from one neighborhood in brussels called molenbeek. and that's where this -- where abaaoud is from. he's believed to have traveled from belgium to syria. he claimed in an isis magazine to have then come back to belgium and was part of a cell in a town called verviers near the border with germany. i was actually in that town in january w wn police carriededut a raid on t tt cell, killing several members and seizing a large weapons cache as well as police uniforms indicatesing they were ready to carry out some sort avenue tack. then abaaoud reappeared in syria claiming he was able to slit through the net of belgian and european intelligence. so if indeed abaaoud made his way back to europe, to france and coordinated this attack,
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embarrassing for theuropean intelligence servivis but also eply disturbing because it goes to show what many others like him who have gone to join isis in syria may be able to do. >> and alex, i'm curious. you say it's embarrassing. but also we look at this neighborhood that's right there around you. it looks like any other parisian neighborhood, any other french neighborhood. there are a lot of people there who might have recognized had guy. his picture has been out there. how surprising is ithat no o o in this pticular neighborhoooo said anythingng and is that telling of thee people who live in that area? >> reporter: well, you're absolutely right. this is a very nice neighborhood. it is a working-class neighborhood. it's a suburb of paris. we're right now the stade de france, which is where three of the suicide bombings took place on friday night. we're on a square right here called place victor hugo. and what you can't see is the beautiful cathedral behind me. so your question is absolutely right. why would someone from a neighborhood like this -- or why would s seone from a neighborhoho like molenbeek in belgium go to join the fighters
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now, both in france and in belgium there are large muslim populations, large populations of young muslims, men who are -- who feel disenchanted, disconnected with french and belgian society, particularly the more secular society. unemployment rates are high. and they don't feel like they have much of a future. so these areas, not really sasat-denis where i am here, but what they call the banlieue, the suburbs outside of paris that are a fair bit grittier than what you see here, have essentially become breeding grounds for jihadist groups like isis. these young men who don't feel like they have much future in those cities make ripe targets for groups like isis. and that's exactly what abaaoud was doing, was trying to recruit people from thehe neighborhoods in france and belgium to the cacae.
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succesesul isis has been both on social media and live in person at recruiting people. we want to go to matt gutman. alex, thank you first of all for your reporting. we want to go to matt gutman also on the ground in saint-denis. matt, what can you tell us? >> reporter: right now it seems like this operation is coming to a close. you can see the police still have that perimeter set up about 20 yards away from us. d down thatboulevard, a aut 400 yayas away, isishere a a of this shooting happened. now, we heard it originally about 4:30 a.m. local time here in paris. we came here about5 minutes later. heard reports of gunfire. then about an hour after that we heard a number of explosions, possibly concussion grenades, stun grenades, which could have been part of the siege or the arrests that have been made. five people have been detained according to the french justice ministry. two people are dead, one woman apparentntetonated a suicide vest she was wearing eithe
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the siege that has basically been going on for about four hours now. and what is surprising is that france is a country where you don't see that many security personnel on the street. it's very low-key. during the million man, million person march after the "charlie hebdo" attacks earlier this year there were hundreds of thousands of people in the streets marching quietly, and there was almost no security presence. but what we saw here this morning was pretty impressive. at first it started with a very small cordon of police because we got here pretty soon after it happened, just a couple of police officers who stopped us and ordered us off the road. told to us park and get away. they actually did it at gunpoint. then more and more anti-terrorism commandos arrived wearing balanceclavas. then we saw three giant truckloads of military personnel unload, red berets, possibly paratroopers. clearly they were mounting this
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assault and many shots fired. but whatever is going on is several hundred yards down the frood us. it it does seem like it's coming to an end. we've had silence coming out of there possibly for about 45 minutes. nothing major happening. what has been happening in this community is it is absolutely frozen. the local governor has close the all the schools. 12 schools are closed. they told people who live in thissing-class community to not go to work, stay in their homes, it's not safe to get out. earlier when we arrived it was before dawn, we saw anybody coming out into the street beyond that police perimeter, they had their hands on their head, and he believed they might have been suspects, and police certainly treated them as such until they identified them as such. it was incredibly tense and still is. there are a number of onlookers right now just trying to get a feel for what's going on, but most people are in the buildings around us. you see them peering through the curtains to see what's going on downstairs.
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but right now it doesn't seem like about to end anytime soon in terms of the police presence, but i think most of the violence, the arrests, and whatever happened down there seems to be coming to a close. >> matt, what can you tell us? we know this population is a residential community. you were talking about how police specifically said don't leave your homes. but what's the guidance now? we know there are close to over 100 people under house arrest. nearly 200 raids that have been conducted over the past few days. but what's the sense for the people on the ground who are just trying to live a normal life, like go to school? what have you been witnessing over the past few days? >> reporter: it's been almost -- there are two sides of france and specifically paris right now. one is the side that is trying to show triumph over tragedy, the one that exalted last night watching the france-britain game. we were at a pub looking at people and watching them drink
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they were standing arm in arm singing the marseillaise and expressing the soul of the city which is about revelry, going out and enjoying the company of your good friends, drinking wine and drinking beer and enjoying this fantastic place. the other side this jittery edgy side of this city and we experienced that on sunday during one of five major stampedes. panics. triggered by almost nothing. apparently, one of them was triggered by firecrackers. another was simply a phantom experience. but we were out in the square, the place de la republique. thousands of people emptied just within seconds. police training their weapons on something, they weren't quite sure what it was, but it was a very harrowing experience. and again, it was just all about fear. and there's a lot of that still right here. >> yeah, matt. and we appreciate your report there and continuing that whole conversation about fear. i want to update something that we've been following since last night around 11:00 eastern time. in were two air france planes,
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big planes that were diverted, one from dulles. this is the one that came out of l.a. it was an a-380 that was diverted to salt lake city and a boeing 777 that was diverted to scotia. this after bomb threats that were called in. and the breaking news we're getting right now is both splainz been clearedplanes have been cleared no, explosives paris. >> five days since those terror tacks the country desperately trying troe gain composure again. we'll have former fbi special agent brad garrett who'll tell us how this impacts us here in america and what the fbi and law enforcement are doing to protect the homeland. stay with us.t to offer us today? balance transfer that's my game bank you never heard of, that's my name haa! thank you. uh, next. watch me make your interest rate... disappear. there's gotta be a better way to find the right card. whatever kind you're searching for, creditcards.com lets you compare hundreds of cards to find the one that's right for you.
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we're back now with our continuing coverage of the situation taking place overnight in paris, france, or a suburb of, in saint-denis, just about 30 minutes from the heart of paris. these are live pictures coming in now. and these pictures are coming in more than five hours after a mamaive police raid w wt down in this neighborho. we are told now that five people have been arrested, three from inside an apartment, two from outside. a female suicide bomber detonated her vest as police were closing in. all of this relating to the attacks that took place in paris on friday. >> and as we watch these pictures of the streets of france, we wonder how this could impact the homeland here in the united states. you can't help but wonder if this could happen in washington, d.c. or los angelel or tataa, florida. wewee going to bring in -- rlier this morning we spoke with former fbi special agent brad garrett who talked to us sbout what law enforcement are doing to secure the homeland.
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>> well, one of the keys anytime you're trying to determine if somebody's in a residence is what intelligence do you have that he's there? in other words, did neighbors call you? did a source call you? what is the situation? and then what you try to do is take that and can you actually corroboratatit? in other words, what makes you, the police, convinced that this person is in that house? you know, as we just experienced the last couple of ds, they entered a house and he wasn't there. they thought he was inside. so maybe they have that situation, maybe they don't. but at some point if they have enough time they're going to figure out how to get either cameras or mikes inside a particulararocation to actually determine whatathey can see. and at some jujuture, and i think you're reporting you're hearing noises, which may possibly be flash bangs, et cetera. that they may well have entered, you know, a residence or an
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>> brad, i was really surprised. shortly after these attacks on friday the fbi coming out and saying that they will be upping particularly looking for people dark. cacayou tell us about that and what the fbi is doing post these attacks s friday? >> sure. they've got literally dozens of people they're keeping track of. and what the suggestion is, based on what we just saw in paris, is that there is no outward or open communication. now, is there encrypted communication? that remains to be seen. but the key here is that if you've got some players or individuals that you're particularly concerned about then you're going to up p e surveillance. in other words, the physical surveillance. the electronic surveillance. obviously, of cell phones and/or hard lines. and i think that's what they're suggesting, that there may be a core group of people they really
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have the most concern about, and they're trying to do sort of what they call the tick-tock, which is literally the tick-tock of their life, where are they, where are they going, who are they associating with, et cetera. >> brad, what t ppens in a situation like this? they're talkininabout an area, molenbeek in brussels, that they believe to be the epicenter where the planning took place. they say this community, it is largely muslim, that very tight-knit. how does the fbi or any law enforcement crack any sort of community that is very tight-knit? even if you up the surveillance in that area. the people aren't going to speak. how do you get a tipoff as to what's happening or what people are up to? >> well, the biggest advantage they have today is even people in comomnities like that -- - is know that the behavior that occurred in paris will come back down on them. and it is in effect i think coming back down on them to a certain extent. so that will get some people to
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but you bring up a point that's been a real issue for the fbi and others during -- since 9/11. there's been complaints from the muslim community that the bureau and other agencies, nypd in particular, were using too aggressive of tactics. they were trying to infiltrate mosques, et cetera. and so you've got that whole component, that some of its worked, some of it has not. but it still boils down to two things -- human sources and electronic intercepts. and i suspect that's where they're getting the majority of the information that's driving, r example, the currere location where they're attempting to apparently go into or think about going into a residence or an apartment. >> all right, brad. i'm just curious about this one thing. they're saying this morning that it's possible abdelhamid
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abaaoud, and this is a guy that's suspected behind the "charlie hebdo" attack, the train attack that didn't happen, and now this, and they thought that he was in syria and now it turns out he might possibly be in a suburb of paris in a residential area? does that kind of shock you that that may be the case, that he might have been able to survive there for all this time? >> no. because the ability particularly in europe to move around, particularly if you're doing it by car, is just not that difficult. and particularly if you have great fake i.d.s and/or somebody else is moving you, i can definitely see that to be a possibility. >> all right. former fbipecial agent brad garrett joining us a littltlbit
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sorry if i don't speak good english. i'm at saint-denis. and beginning at 4:30 shotgun boom. and i don't start -- 15 -- shotgun and that don't stop. everyone run in the street. police. police talk us to go home and stay safe with family. >> how many gunshots did you here? around 50. i don't know. yeah, a lot. a lot. a bomb. shots. a lot. >> now, raheel, do you have any sense -- police say they're focusing on the man who may be behind the attacks on friday. is there any sense, do you know who this guy is and potentially was there any buzz in the community? do you think he might be there?
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i don't know who they are -- if rrorists about the attack of saturday on papas, i don't know but he was wanted and he watt ats at saint-denis. >> he possibly might have been in your neighborhood. you mentioned you heard 50 gunshots. and now to hear that these suspects might have been in your neighborhood. how frightening was thatat >> h h whatat >> how scary? >> me, i'm not scary. i don't realize again. my mother, she's crazy. she don't go outside. people are scared. but me it's -- >> i can understand. he's saying his mother was quite scared. he heard so many shots.
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raheel, we appreciate you joining us.
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ewitness from the suburb of this morning on "world news now" we're covering breaking news from france. >> a massive police operation just north of paris in the town of saint-denis, a suburb where we're told police have gone after several suspects in fridayay attacks there o paris. >> and earlier this evening we heard that there were a series of at least ten explosions, potentially a stun grenade of some sort, and in a middle-class neighborhood just as you mentioned, kendis, 30 minutes from paris. we want to go now onto the scene. abc's alex marquardt has actually just witnessed a great deal of police activity. alex, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, reena. there was a flurry of activity
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past five mimites. we've been here for about an hour, and all the police here have been relatively relaxed. we'd been told by the justice ministry that this raid was coming to an end. and then in an instant around a half dozen to a dozen police officers took off running away from the central square where we are right now. all of the press here, and there are about 50 of us, and many more residents, around 100 of them, followed in hot pursuit to see where they were going down the narrow side streets of this suburb of paris. they had their guns drawn. thth went through a parkrkight nearby. they told a woman who was walking through the park, it's 9:00 in the morning, people are starting to come out, to get down on the ground. it was unclear what exactly they were going after, but they seemed very aggressive. they were running quite quickly. as i mentioned, they did have their guns drawn. 500 yards away down this narrow street before the police promptly turned back around, yelled at us to get out of the
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square. so we are essentially back to square one, if you will. we understand as i mentioned from the justice ministry that this raid has come to an -- sources that one of the suspects inside this apartment surrounded by police around 200 yards down the street was a woman who detonated her explosives vest. and the big -- who else was inside that apartment. the target of the investigatatn, french officiaia -- was a man named abdelhamid abaaoud. he is a 26-year-old belgian, a very prominent member of isis who had featured in a number of online videos, barbaric execution online videos, who is believed to be in syria, believed to be the mastermind, the organizer of these attacks on friday night that left 129 people dead. it was quite surprising to learn this morning that he might be in fact in francece
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and of course the other personon who is of great t terest to international officials, to law enforcement, is salah abdeslam, also a 26-year-old belgian, who is -- who had been believed to be the lone survivor, the lone attacker of the eight attackers on friday night. his whereabouts are unknown. an international manhunt has been launched. and then late last night french authoritieiecame out saying there is a second suspect who is on the run, a second possible attacker that would bring the total number of attackers to nine. kendis, reena? >> hey, alex, if that is abdelhamid abaaoud who is in there now, the target of this raid, that would really be a big deal. i know you covered the "charlie hebdo" attack earlier this year. this guy would be a high-value target, right? >> reporter: it wowod be hugely gnificant.
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was the -- you know, he's believed to be the ringleader, the mastermind of this operation, a guy who has been featured in these propaganda videos, these execution videos that isis has become known for. he's a belgian citizen of moroccan descent, and isis has put their european and other foreign members front and center to try to recruit people from around the world. isis is believed to have thousands ofofembers from various european countries. belgium, where he's from, has the highest nuer of fighters in isis proportionally. hundreds, thousands more coming from both france and -- prominent member of isis. to find him back here is very significant. of course to catch him would be even more significant. kendis? >> and we're looking right now, alex, at images ofofolice activity right around the areaea where the raididook place in the apartment complex. alex, we know w is is a
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middlelelass residential area but talk to us. you are based in the middle east. you cover a lot of this type of activity. tell us what would go on in the minds of police at this hour when you're dealing with civilians in a heavily populated area. >> reporter: well, they've been carrying out dozens, scores of attacks every night, ever since these attacks happened on friday night that left 129 people dead. both in belgium and ininrance. and so some of these raids they say are connected directly to the investigation around the attack. others are not. we were wrapping up in the downtown paris a couple hours ago when news of shootings came out here in saint-denis and it quickly became clear that this was connnnted to the attacks o o friday night..
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like the one we've been talking about, molenbeek ibrussels. now, molenbeek is very interesting because it's in central brussels and yet has become what many are calling a hotbed of jihadism. many of its residents, hundreds of its residents have gone off to fight for isis in syria and other jihadist groups. a lot of itstsouth are disasaected. there's s high unemployment rate. that's why they feel disenfranchised. and that's why this radical jihadism, extremism, has been on the rise. and you see the same symptoms here in france as well. when people talk about the banlieue, the suburbs outside of paris where you have large muslim populations of young disenfranchised muslims who feel disconnected with french society, secular french society,
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society. and that's what many experts accuse of stirring up this angry, of fomenting this extremism and causing these young people to go to syria and to iraq and elsewhere. the fear now is that we had the attacks in january and we've had these attacks now and that this is just the beginning of a new wave of attacks, that we're going to see not just in france but in europe and beyond. is has said they wananto target the u.s. and washington in particular. i spoke with secretary of state john kerry yesterday, who said that anybody who was engaging in is now a target. so this is something that european and american officials fear, that this is the beginning of a new wave of attacks internationally by isis. >> alex marquardt reporting from saint-denis for us. alex, we appreate the update. we want to get now to our affiliate, france 24, the english and french channel.
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now. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. so i looked out the window. we could hear it. when we called the police, we didn't know what's going on and what we heard, we thought it was like a shooting or something. but then she told us that the police was intervening. the raid police. so we could hear shootings. until 5:30 a.m. i think. and we could still hear the helicopters flying. now we're just trying to see what's going on. >> she told me that she was woken up by a huge explosion. police stormed into the building and told her to get down on the floor. she was with her husband and her -- who's a baby. and then she got really scared and she spent two hours lying down on the floor. police told her r stay down,
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to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her -- they evacuated her and told her to go to city hall. that's where she found refuge. but she told me she was really, really scared. she was scared for her son and that it was a very traumatic experience. >> you were just looking at live pictures from the french suburb of saint-denis where police raids have just completed, we're told. we will be going in just a few minutes to brad garrett, former fbi special agent, to recap exextly what's being -- - at's gogog on here in americaca stay with us.. you're watching "world news now." stay with us. you're watching "world news now." >> i'm alex trebek. if you're age 50 to 85, this is an important message. so please, write down the number on your screen. the lock i want to talk to you about isn't the one on your door. it's a rate lock for your life insurance that guarantees your rate can never go up at any time, for any reason. but be careful. many policieieyou see do not have one, but you can get
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interesting turn because so far we haven't heard of any female suicide bombers involved in any of this, planning or execution. and the fact to hear that, pretty surprising this morning. we want to go now to brad garrett, former fbi special agent. we spoke with him earlier this morning and we want to hear a little more about what brad has to hear r out this situation. >> reporter: welel one of the keke anytime you're tryiyi to deteteine if somebody's in a residence is what intelligence do you have that he's there? in other words, did neighbors call you? did a source call you? what is the situation? and what you try to do is take that and can you actually corroborate it? in other words, what makes you, the police, convinced that this person is in that house? as we just experienced the last couple of days, they entereded house and heheasn't there. they thohoht he was inside. maybe they had that situation.
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maybe they don't. but at se point if they have enough time they're going to figure out how to get either cameras or mikes inside a particular location to actually determine what they can see. and at some juncture, and i think you're reporting, you're hearing noises which may possibly be flash bangs, et cetera, that they may y ll have entered a residedee or an apartmtmt, whatever it mighthte. >> brad, i was really surprised shortly after these attacks on friday the fbi coming out and saying that they will be upping surveillance in this country and particularly looking for people potentially who suddenly go dark. can you tell us about that and what the fbi is doing post these attacks on friday? >> sure. they've got literally dozens of people they're keeping track of. and what the suggestion is based ononhat we just saw in paris, is
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communication. now, is there encrypted communication? that remains to be seen. but the key here is that if you have got some players or individuals that you're particularly concerned about then you're going to you up the surveillance. in other words, the physical surveillance, the electronic surveillance, obviously of cell phones and/or hard lines. and i think that's what they're suggesting, that there may be a core g gup of people that thth really have the most concern about, and they're trying to do sort of what they call the tick-tock, which is literally the tick-tock of their life, where are they, whe are they going, who are they associating with, et cetera? >> brad, what happens in a situation like this? they're talking about an area molenbeek in brussels that they believe to be the epicenter where the planning took place. they say this community, it is largely muslim, very tight-knit. how does the fbi or any law enforcement crack any source of community that is very tight-knit?? even if yoyoup the surveillance e ininhat area, the people aren't going to speak.
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>> well, the biggest advantage they have today is even people in communities like that -- this know that the behavior that occurred in paris will come back down on them. and it is in effect i think coming back down on them to a ceceain extent. so that will get sompeople to talk to you. but you bring up a point that's been a real issue for the fbi and others during -- since 9/11. you know, there's been complaints from the muslim community that the bureau and other agencies, nypd in particular, are using too aggressive of tactics, they were trying to infiltrate mosques, et cetera. and so you've got that whole component that s se of it's working, s se of it has not. but yoknow, it still boils down to two things. human sources and electronic
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and i suspect that's where they're getting the majority of the information that's driving, for example, the current location where they're attempting to apparently go into -- or think about going apartment. >> all right, brad. i'm just curious about this one thing. because you know, they're saying this morning it's possiblele abdelhamid abaaoud, and this is the guy suspected behind the "charlie hebdo" attack, the train attack that didn't happen, and now this. and they thought he was in syria, and now it turns out he might possibly be in a suburb of paris in a residential area. does that kind of shock you that that might be the case, that he might have been able to survive there for all this time? >> no. because the ability, particularly in europe, to move around, particularly if you're doing it by car, is just than difficult. and particularly if you have great fake i.d.s and/or somebody else is moving you, i can definitely see that to be a possibility.
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>> that was former fbi special agent brad garrett giving us a sense of what's going on inside these operations and also here domestically as to how the fbi and law enforcement are responding post those paris attacks on friday. we will have more eyewitness accounts from the ground, from paris, from saint-denis, that suburb just not too far from paris. stay with us. you're watching "world news now." fro paris. stay with us. you're watching "world news
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we're continuing our coverage of the police raids targeting suspects in the terror attacks in paris. and we want to give you some sound of some eyewitnesses to this morning's raid north of paris. >> i heard an explosion about 20 minutes ago, about six explosions. i didn't count but it was quite a few explosions. it was about 20 minutes ago. >> and what's happening there now? has it gone quiet again there now? >> yes, it seems quiet but then for safety reasons i won't be looking too much. and then, yeah, at least 50 police, army vehicles, and over 100 soldiers, policemen. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. and we could hear it. then we called the police to let
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them know what's going on and what we heard. and we thought it was like a shooting or something. then she told us that the police was intervening. it's called the raid police. so we could hear the shootings until 5:30 a.m. i think and we could still hear the helicopters flying. and now they're just -- >> and she told me that she was woken up by a huge explosion. police stormed into the building and told her to get down on the floor. she was with her husband and her -- who's a baby. and she got really scared and spent two hours lying down on the floor. police told her to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her to -- they evacuated her and told her to go to the city hall. she told me she's really, really scared, she was scared for her
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good morning. we're following breaking news out of france. in a french suburb not far from paris, police terror raids taking place there. our alex marquardt is on the ground right now. alex, we're hearing about police potentially injured as well as some arrests potentially. what can you tell us about the situation there? >> reporter: good morning, reena. there had been earlier reports not long after this raid got under way about 4 1/2 hours ago at 4:30 this morning that several police had been injured. what we do know, what we have confirmed with french officials is that one of the suspects that was inside this apartment building that was raided was a woman. she detonated her suicide vest.
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french news agency that there were at least two others inside that apartment, one of whom was killed, one of whom is still alive. those have not been confirmed by abc news. in the last few minutes there has been activity after a rather quiet period over the last hour and 15 minutes or so after we heard a loud series of explosions which we believe to be sound grenades, the kind that police would use as they storm a house. and what's happening now is until now there had been a series of police vehicles here that were blocking the view but in the last few moments they've been moving around. you can see here in front of me a police officer with his rifle at the ready. they've just put on their helmets. so there's a lot more activity here. cars driving away -- moments ago out of nowhere a lot of the police officers who had been here just took off running toward another area in this paris suburb. we all went chasing after them
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to see what was happening -- minutes they turn back around and came back here with no word as to why. so again, we understand from the french justice ministry that this raid is either coming to an end or has come -- relatively quiet for the past 75 minutes or so. the french have said that the target of this raid is abdelhamid abaaoud. he is believed to be the mastermind, the organizer of these attacks on friday night that left 129 people dead. very prominent member of isis. he's from belgium. 26 years old. and he was believed to be in syria. now he may be in france. that is the big question to answer this morning. >> that is a big question. many are wondering how he was able to get into that neighborhood, which is a residential neighborhood just north of the city of paris. we're going to continue to follow the developments taking place this morning in paris. police targeting the suspects in friday's terrible attack on paris. >> and as alex marquardt said, those terror raids coming to an end. we do know a series of terror
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raids taking place the past few days throughout the country. we will have more live coverage
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now." good morning on this wednesday november 18th. this is a special edition of "world news now." >> we're following breaking news from france. >> gunfire and police raids north of paris. the search for suspected terrorists takes a new turn, a dramatic one. we're going to take you to the scene. raid targeting paris' mastermind. that is what police have told us they believe that they have focused on this area in a suburb not too far from paris, specifically in an apartment complex. initially they believed there were two suspects holed up inside. and there have been several developments that have been taking place just within the last few hours. all of this playing out 4:30 in the morning, paris time, 10:30 eastern time last night here on the east coast. we want to get to our alex
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marquardt who has been on the scene shortly after all of this started going down. alex, what do you know now? >> reporter: well, good morning, kendis. well, just a short few seconds ago the clock tower here in the center of saint-denis tolled 9:00. that raid started taking place around 4:30 this morning when police launched it with a very intensive strike. there were loud volleys of gunfire heard. explosions. that lasted for quite some time. we understood there were several wounded among the police. we've been on the scene now for around two hours. about an hour and a half ago we heard a loud series of explosions which we believe to be sound grenades or concussion grenades, if you will, that police often use in sieges, and we understand from the french justice ministry that this
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raid is either coming to an end or has finished. it has been relatively quiet here for quite some time. there have been flurries of activity every so often but it has been quiet in terms of the firing, the explosions and so on. we also understand from french officials that one of the suspects who was holed up in this apartment around 200 meters down that road, maybe you can see the police lights blinking down there, was a woman, and she detonated her suicide vest. we understand from the french news agency agence france-presse that there were at least two other suspects in there, one of whom is now believed to be dead. reena? >> alex, there were two big developments overnight. one was the fact there was a second suspect on the run they were looking for. and also the fact to hear from your reporting this morning that there was a female who had an explosive vest and detonated. how surprised were you to hear that there was female involvement in this operation? >> reporter: well, one would have to assume given the complexity of this operation that it was highly coordinated. we're talking about the friday night attacks that killed 129 people.
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that these were suicide bombers. in the heart of europe. at many different locations. this was a highly coordinated, very well-organized attack that would have taken months to organize. french officials and other international officials have said it was organized from syria. and so it would have taken well beyond the initial eight attackers that they believe were involved in this attack. you have to imagine there were -- who were involved. so it's really not fa farfetched to imagine there were also women involved in this attack. you have to remember that thousands of people from europe have gone to join isis in syria and many of them have been women. they're often referred to as isis brides. they don't generally see any sort of frontline fighting. many of them go to the de facto capital, raqqah. isis's de facto capital raqqah in syria. so it's really not all that surprising that they would have a female accomplice. now, to your previous point, until last night it was believed that there had been eight
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attackers on friday night, seven of whom died during the attacks. one became the prime suspect. his name is salah abdeslam. he's a 26-year-old belgian. he is believed to be alive, on the run. an international manhunt has been launched to find him. but then late last night in a big new development the french came out saying there was a possible ninth attacker who could have been involved. that's being based off of cctv, closed circuit video of one of the incidents that showed three people in a car rather than two people. so a second suspect has -- still alive, has been added to this list by french authorities. kendis, reena? >> and alex, the french prosecutors have been saying all morning long that the target of the raids that took place in saint-denis right there behind you has been abdelhamid abaaoud, who was the mastermind behind all of this. how surprising is it for you who
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the very start to hear he might have possibly been right there in that residential neighborhood? >> reporter: not just surprising but scary. this is the nightmare scenario that french and european and american intelligence agencies all fear. you have thousands of fighters from these countries who have gone to syria to fight. and if this turns out to be true, and we know it has happened in previous occasions, make their way back to europe and join cells or form cells here in europe. we believe there are these sleeper cells not just in europe but in the united states. so it would be embarrassing to the french intelligence services and to interpol. it would be extremely scary, as i mentioned. but it is something of the chickens coming home to roost. this is something that officials have feared for quite some time. this belgian, abdelhamid abaaoud, he's a 26-year-old
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stood on the sidelines. he is someone who has risen to quite some prominence within the isis ranks, appearing in many of their propaganda videos, most notably some of the most brutal propaganda videos where they execute foreigners and people who are against them. so this is someone who is quite well known. he was believed to have organized this from syria. if it does indeed turn out to be true he is here in france that would be quite embarrassing and disturbing. >> absolutely. quite a few developments ithe paris suburb of saint-denis where our alex marquardt is standing by for us. alex, thank you. we want to go to another part of this area, to matt gutman who's standing by as well. matt, we're hearing right now, breaking news from the associated press, that there have been three arrested in that paris suburb. have you seen any arrests and what are you hearing on the ground right now? >> reporter: we've seen a number of people being led out with their hands on their heads. we don't know if they were arrested. apparently, everybody in this
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has to be probably about half a square mile, has been ordered to stay in their home. so anybody who's out and about could be considered a suspect. no reports on who was arrested or the exact target. but as alex just mentioned, clearly the number-one target right now in the french crosshairs, abdelhamid abaaoud, is someone who's suspected to have been in this location. and that's why we noticed police being so jittery. we've been here for a few days, and it has been clear that france is on high alert and that they're extremely eager and keen on finding the suspects in this case and having the mastermind right here in northern paris of both of these attacks, as alex said, is not only an embarrassment, it also speaks to what has happened with french intelligence. what seems to be an entire collapse in the ability to discern whether or not their top target is in fact right beneath their noses. what we can say is that still
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hundreds and hundreds of police officers, heavily armed, wearing body armor around their shoulders and of course covering their chests with automatic weapons have been spread out around this perimeter ordering people back. we've seen them rush in. the army has come in as well. and that is possibly a source of all that gunfire you heard earlier. and it's been sporadic. and that's one of the things that's possibly most surprising about this, is how long it has lasted. probably about four hours now since the first reports of gunfire and we've heard additional gunfire, sometimes dozens of bullets, sometimes a single shot, and of course ten
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which probably sounded like small explosions. they could have been stun grenades. sort of arrest going on or continuing siege and attempt to try to capture people alive rather than killing them. so this continues to be an ongoing and very large operation, possibly the finale of this attack if in fact -- of the paris attacks from any killing 129 people. if in fact french authorities have managed to corner or possibly arrest abdelhamid abaaoud. and i know you've been on the move. we saw where saint-denis is there just about 30 minutes north of central paris. matt, you've been on the move in this area. does it seem as though the situation is calming down a little bit? by the way, these are live pictures of that neighborhood. >> reporter: it does. little bit more relaxed. seem to be sprinting somewhere. in addition to that, every time that somebody comes out of one of these buildings, and this is a working-class neighborhood, so when we came in here at about 6:00 a.m. there were still some people, you know, coming out and about, getting their coffee, a lot of them were sent running. some of them came out of their houses with their hands on their heads. nobody wanted to be considered a suspect or threatening in any way to the police officers out here because they were twitchy and they physically pushed back the press multiple times every time we got even near their perimeter.
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so very, very edgy here. and again, kendis, all these people in this entire neighborhood have been ordered by the governing authorities to stay indoors. i don't think that that has been rescinded yet. 12 schools have been closed today around here. kids not going to school. this entire area is on lockdown. and again, police couldn't be any more jittery than they are right now. >> matt, i want to take you -- we've got some breaking news. paris prosecutor's office saying that they have made five arrests overnight, three from inside that apartment. three people have been detained. we don't know exactly what their identities are. but we do know a man and a woman came close to the apartment. they have also been detained in this process. >> and then you also have that woman who set herself -- ignited her explosive belt, who is dead this morning. matt, we're going to check back with you, but we're going to take a quick break right now. and on the other side of this break we're going to hear from some of the eye and ear witnesses to this morning's
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now, we have breaking news coverage from raids in paris not far from a paris suburb as the country there is attempting to recover from the attacks. we are learning from these raids overnight that there were five people arrested, three from inside an apartment building that's just 30 minutes from paris. there are people that have been detained. no information on the identities. we do know that a man and woman who attempted to get close to
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detained as well, and one woman d set off her explosive suicide vest. >> and we're told that the target of all these raids was the mastermind behind the attacks that took place on friday, abdelhamid abaaoud. in the meantime, though, as this was all playing out around 4:30 in the morning paris time, many residents in the neighborhood in saint dennis were waking up to these sounds. take a listen. >> i heard an explosion, about 20 minutes ago, about six explosions. well, i didn't count, actually, but it was quite a few explosions. that was about 20 minutes ago. >> and what's happening there now? has it gone quiet now? >> yes, it seems quiet, but for safety reasons i won't be looking too much. and then yeah, at least 50 police army vehicles and over 100 soldiers, policemen.
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it, posting about the shooting. and then at that time i realized that there was a shooting and then i informed all my friends the area. and then yeah, there were continuous gunshots for it felt like over half an hour. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. i went out to the window and we could hear it. then we called the police to let them know what's going on and what we heard, and we thought it was like a shooting or something. but then she told us that the police was intervening. it's called a raid police. so we could hear the shootings until 5:30 a.m., i think. and then we could still see the helicopters flying. and now -- we just want to be safe and we don't think about
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something like that. we never thought it could ever happen in my town. it's very weird to see that and terrifying. places we go often on tv with the police. that's terrifying. i'm just shaking right now. >> she told me that she was woken up by a huge explosion. police stormed into the building and told her to get down on the floor. she was with her husband and her -- who's a baby. and she got really scared and she spent two hours lying down on the floor. police told her to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her -- they evacuated her and told her to go to the city hall. that's where she found runl. she told me -- found refuge. she told me she was really, really scared. she was scared for her son and that it was a very traumatic experience. >> you hear the eyewitness tell all of this that was taking place in the paris suburb of
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saint-denis this morning. and even at this hour, i would say about five hours after all of this started this morning, you can see police still have a big and heavy presence there in that neighborhood north of paris. >> and immediately after those attacks on paris, on friday there were air strikes shortly after in syria. now we are seeing a series of raids that have taken place. at least a minimum of 168 raids over the past few days. what you are looking at is 30 minutes from the suburbs of paris in this middle-class neighborhood. heavy police presence. we knew there were at least ten explosions, gunfire erupting throughout this street there, and then we are hearing that the entire raid has finished, that five arrests were made and one woman set off a suicide vest. >> we were told that some police officers were injured as a result of this morning raid. we haven't gotten the full extent of what those injuries are. and we haven't gotten the full identity as yet as to who might have been arrested, those five people. >> and we will have more on the
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course of the past few minutes. what looked to be police special forces wearing ski masks have just walked away from us. for much of the past two hours that we've been here it has been relatively calm in this immediate vicinity. but in the last, say, half an hour there has been a bit more activity with these police officers putting on their body armor and helmets and they have their guns at the ready. now, the big question right now is whether this mastermind of these friday attacks, abdelhamid abaaoud, was indeed arrested. he was the target of these -- of this raid today. we understand from the prosecutor's office that five arrests were made, three from inside the apartment and another man and woman close to the apartment. unknown if abaaoud was in -- among them. >> all right. our alex marquardt there with the latest on the situation there in paris. we're going to reset and give you the very latest right after this break.
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>> and right after that break we will talk with a witness who was locked inside the apartment not far from where this took place. please stay with us.ot far from where this took place. please stay with us. [ man ] look how beautiful it is. honey, we need to talk. we do? i took the trash out. i know. and thank you so much for that. i think we should get a medicare supplement insurance plan. right now? [ male announcer ] whether you're new to medicare or not,
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thank you for joining us. we have thank you for joining us. we have continuing breaking news out of france. where we're looking at a area just 30 minutes from paris, an area that has been a focus of police activity. >> yeah. as we continue to look at that there, we want to bring in our elizabeth hur, who has been following something else that was developing overnight, where we have these two planes that were diverted. and elizabeth, as we bring you in, we are getting this word from the desk that there were no explosives found on the air france plane that was diverted to halifax. but reset. tell us what happened with these two planes. >> reporter: yeah, kendis and
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reena, certainly that's the good news and the update we were all hoping for. what we know at this point, at least according to air france officials, is this. they tell us that two of their planes received anonymous threats, bomb threats were called in just after takeoff. one left los angeles. the other took off from d.c. now, out of an abundance of caution, airline officials say they decided to request that both of though planes make an emergency landing. again, one landing in salt lake, the other in halifax. the late word that we are getting is that obviously their priority on location was to make sure that all the passengers and the crew members were safe. they were safely deplaned. then canine officers and investigators got on the plane, and according to fbi officials they found no explosives on these planes. in fact, we have gotten word that the plane that was grounded in salt lake city, that was already been cleared and it is now back in the air and on its way to paris. officials in halifax, they tell us that that plane has also been cleared and what's happening right now is obviously what to do with the passengers who have been deplaned and how to get
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them back en route back to paris. so this investigation is continuing, but the good news, according to the fbi, no explosives were found. and of course the next step right now is to figure out who called in the threats. and of course that's the source to see what happened here. >> have we heard anything more, elizabeth, from the faa? do we expect anything to change as far as security on flights here in the u.s.? >> reporter: at least at this point according to the faa officials they are so far just confirming the details that we have been reporting, that yes, we can confirm that these two flights were diverted. and yes, these -- all of the passengers, first and foremost, are safe and now back on their route to paris. this investigation is continuing. at this time no changes at the airports. but obviously, they're closely monitoring. kendis and reena? >> it really does give you a sense of how stressful things are for many people at this hour. thank you, elizabeth hur reporting from here in our headquarters. >> and we will be continuing our live coverage. breaking news out of france, where terror raids have taken place.
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breaking news out of france, breaking news this morning in france, heavy gunfire and explosions in an early morning raid targeting the mastermind behind the paris attacks. >> a standoff as the sun rises.police storming a suburban neighborhood. a dramatic turn in the terror investigation. we have live team coverage. on this wednesday morning we continue with abc news breaking coverage out of france.
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in paris. >> the sights and sounds, s.w.a.t. team surrounding an apartment building north of paris looking for isis operative abdelhamid abaaoud, a string of explosions and gunshots could be heard through the night and residents were ordered to stay inside. our abc's correspondent alex marquardt has the latest from the paris suburb of saint-denis. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis. we are right here on the edge of this large perimeter that the french police have set up around that apartment that was raided which is around 200 yards down that way. the tower and church has struck 10. 5 1/2 hours ago this police raid started with gunfire and explosions lasting quite some time. we understand that there was some -- we've been on the ground for three hours and has been relatively quiet for quite some time except for a loud series of
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blasts that sounded like concussion grenades or stun grenade, the kinds of things police use when they raid buildings to stun suspects. that could have marked the end of this raid. we do understand from the french justice ministry that the raid is over. the paris prosecutor's office tells us that five people have been arrested. three suspects inside that apartment that they were targeting and two people, a man and a woman, near that. now, the big question this morning is whether the mastermind, the organizer of those friday attacks that left 129 people dead was inside that apartment. his name is abdelhamid abaaoud. he was believed to be in syria. he is a relatively senior isis leader, quite prominent. he's been featured in many of their propaganda to recruit others to the isis cause and in the more gruesome barbaric execution isis video, as well. so the french officials this morning said that he was the
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target of this raid but right now we don't know whether he was one of those arrested. >> all right, our abc alex marquardt standing by there in saint-denis and it's a fairly big suburb north of paris and our matt gutman is in another part of saint-denis live for us. >> he arrived shortly after the raid started. matt, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning, reena. we are at one of the police perimeters. we keep trying to get closer and closer to where this siege happened and may still be happening because ten minutes ago we heard one loud bang, that's after the series of ten bangs that we heard earlier this morning. it sounded again like a concussion grenade. a single explosion again nobody is saying what happened or source of that concussion grenade but the police here continue to be very, very edgy. i'm right in the blockade and they keep pushing us back. they have their hands on their gun, weapons drawn pointing at anybody who cops even within
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about 20 feet of them sore or so so something is still going on here. this is very much an active situation even though that we are hearing that i alum of suspects have been detained and, of course, that woman who debt naded her suicide vest was killed. target of that raid, of course, is abdelhamid abaaoud, the number one most wanted person for france, the person responsible for those heinous attacks at the "charlie hebdo" in january and, of course, the attacks on friday. big black eye are to french intelligence the fact that they believe he was in syria when, in fact, he was right under their noses 15 minutes north of the heart of this great city, possibly harboring -- being harbored by someone who lived in this very modest working class community, people are out here by the hundreds, work is closed. they can't travel anywhere. they can't go anywhere. thele schools have been ordered to be closed. 12 of them.
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here, a ghost town except for gawkers who are trying to get a glimpse of the police action. paris continues to be on edge and it's hard to overestimate how. this has affected this country and you see it in the eyes of police officers that we are encountering. they are extremely serious and the buildup of forces right here in this northern suburb just about a mile away from the stade de france where the through suicide bombers blew themselves off kicking off the heinous attacks friday night. you can see it in the eyes of the police officers in this massive buildup of forces. we were on scene very, very early right after the initial crackle of gunfire, automatic weapons when we saw first the police roll in then we saw the counterterrorism force, men armed to the teeth wearing ski masks, running towards the scene. saw army trucks piled with soldiers spilling out into the street, taking up positions and
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officers is being pointed away, not can their hand but with a weapon. this is still very serious and all the people that are still on the other side of the perimeter are caught when they go out of their homes, out of their apartments we've seen them have their hands on their head, trying to be the least threatening as possible because, again, officers aren't sure exactly of who might be involved in these terrorist actions and who exactly might be a threat to them. so significant concern here still, it seems like the bulk of the operation is over, maybe there's some mop-up action going on still, but very, very tense here on the streets of paris. >> and that we know as early as tuesday, both french and american intelligence believed that the mastermind behind this attack was inside syria. we also know inside of france there were at least 168 police raids. have police garnered any new clues and is there a sense inside of france that french intelligence missed some
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opportunities on this. >> reporter: it's hard to tell what -- again, you just mentioned there have been an enormous number of raids. 128. one night, and 150 another night and one wonders the extent to which the french special operations forces had prepared for these and we know a number of arrests have been made throughout the past couple of days and don't know the significance but something clearly led police to people who were bound to do harm. it is confirmed that one woman did debt fate her explosive device. she was wearing a suicide vest which means there may have been a significant amount of numbers stored in the house, in this apartment block where the suspects were hiding out. it's a very tough position for france to be in and i think one of the things we have to highlight as americans who are not used to being in europe is that europeans don't need passports or i.d.s to travel.
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that is why it seems that these terrorists have been so ubiquitous throughout europe and had a major square overnight in germany, hanover, the great stadium hosting the netherlands/germany match the site of a possible major threat and indicates that something big was going down and, in fact, the stadium seats almost 50,000 people and among the attendance was supposed to be angela merkel, the chancellor of germany so whatever that intelligence was, it certainly spooked the germans who closed down the city and said there's a major threat in the entirety of the city and, of course, spirited angela merkel out of there and, of course, in belgium and we heard reports these people were in bosnia and in other countries, and the fact is that you are a belgian citizen like abdelhamid abaaoud or the other members of the cell that attacked france, you can travel freely.
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you don't need to stop at a border post to show your i.d., your passports you can move fluidly throughout the entire continent. >> i have to wrap you up while we reset the situation that is happening right now. once again, as matt was mentioning and alex mentioning five arrests made all in connection with the terror attacks that took place last friday. you see police setting up that tent in for a long haul in paris. on the other side of this break, just imagine the horror of the residents of that neighborhood waking up to the sounds of explosions and gunshots.
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wrapped up and at least five people have come under arrest. we are also getting word out this hour from the white house that president obama has been informed about these attacks by his national security team. >> i should mention briefly as well that we're also getting word from the french national police that five police officers were also injured during this morning's raid. and in the meantime, as i mentioned just imagine the horror of those residents waking up just five days after the terror attacks and hearing gunshots and explosions. our partners at france 24 spoke with eyewitnesses earlier. >> i had heard an explosion about 20 minutes ago, about six explosions but it was quite a few explosions about 20 minutes ago. >> and what's happening there now? has it gone quiet there now? >> yes, it seems quiet, sir. but for safety reasons i won't
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yeah, at least 50 police, army vehicles and over 100 soldiers, policemen and i saw that people were post inging about the shooting and then i realized that there was a shooting and then i informed all my friends and flatmates and people around the area and then, yeah, then there were continuous gunshots for -- felt like over a half hour. >> i woke up hearing gunshots, so i looked out the window and we could hear it. then we called the police to let them know what's going on and what we heard which was like a shooting or something but then she told us that the police was there there. so we could hear shootings until 5:30 a.m. and then we kcan still
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waiting to see what's going on. we just want to be safe and we don't think about being near some terrorists or something like that so we never thought it could ever happen in my town but i fear we are to see that and terrifying. we can see places that we go often on tv where the police and things like that terrifying right now. >> she told me she was woken up by a huge explosion and they stormed into the building and told her to get downen 0 the floor. she was with her husband and her sister who is a baby and then she got really scared and she stayed in fact for two hours lying down on the floor police told her to stay calm to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her -- they evacuated her and told her to go to the hall where she found refuge. she told she meefs really,
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son and this was a very traumatic experience. >> hearing terror not only eyewitnesses on the ground in france but affecting others in country. the fbi saying that they have at least 90 americans who have been charged with plotting isis inspired attacks here in the united states. fbi director james comey just in the past few days has said that the fbi is investigating terror suspects in every single state in the u.s. we want to bring in fbi former fbi special agent brad garrett to tell us exactly what's going on here in america.
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well, if you're joining us now we have been for the past few hours following breaking paris where police conduct what had they're calling a significant terror raid potentially going after the mastermind of friday's paris attacks. >> so far we are told that five arrests have been made. three from inside of an apartment that was targeted. now, the key target was the mastermind of that attack, abdelhamid abaaoud, we're not sure whether or not he has been taken intoustody as yet. all of this coming some five days after the attacks taking place in paris. meantime, we spoke a little earlier to abc news contributor brad garrett. we got him on the phone. brad. >> well, one ofhe keys ss any time you're trying to determine if somebody does a residence is what intelligence do you have that he's there.
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in other words, did neighbors call you? did a source call you? what is the situation and then what you try to do is take that and can you actually corroborate it, in other words, what makes you the police convinced that this person is in that house? you know, as we just experienced in the last couple of days they entered the house and he wasn't there. they thought he was inside. maybe they had a situation, maybe they don't. but at some point if they have enough time they're going to figure out how to get either cameras, mikes inside a particular location to actually determine what they can see. and at some juncture i think you're reporting you're hearing noises which may possibly be vic bangs that they may have entered a residence or apartment or whatever it may be. >> all right, brad, and i'm just
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they're saying it's possible abdelhamid abaaoud and this is a guy that's suspected behind the "charlie hebdo" aing that, the train attack that didn't happen and now this and they thought that he was in syria and now it turns out he might possibly be in a suburb of paris in a residential area. does that kind of shock you that that might be the case? that he might have been able to survive there for all this time? >> no. because the ability particularly in europe to move around in -- particularly if you do it by car is just not that difficult and particularly if you have great fake i.d.s and/or somebody else is moving you i can definitely see that to be a possibility. >> special agent brad garrett. in just a moment we'll have
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paris. welcome back as we continue to follow the police raids in france. we want to bring in "world news tonight" anchor david muir in paris. arriving shortly after the attacks. what can you tell us about the scene right now? >> reporter: we've been on the scene here this morning, reena, and as you can see there's still a very heavy police presence. the operation is still under way. we know that this operation had to do with abdelhamid abaaoud who, of course, is considered the mastermind of all these coordinated attacks though authorities have not been able to say whether or not he was in fact inside the building they morning. we know there have been five arrest, three inside the apartment detained and then a man and woman later detained near that apartment building. we also know that authorities have confirmed this morning there was one woman who detonated a suicide belt as we've been reporting for days now in those coordinated attacks throughout paris, all of
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attackers who took their lives all had identical suicide belts they were wearing. it's unclear if she was part of that group. >> and, david, what is the scene right now? does it appear as if things have calmed down where you are? >> reporter: [ no audio] >> on going for six hours and you can see the police presence is still there strong in saint-denis. we have several correspondents and, of course, "world news tonight" anchor david muir on the scene. >> as david was talking about there, what's unclear at this hour police are trying to ascertain that female suicide explosive vest. was she part of the same up grew, the same explosives used in the attack friday. police are still trying to work as you can see on the scene leaving that apartment area. we just in the few minutes have put up that tent and a great deal more police activity, more presence just around that apartment complex. >> we should point out on the
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other end of this break our alex marquardt is close just step as way from the apartment that was the target. he will join us live from paris next.hma... ...one of many pieces in my life. so when my asthma symptoms kept coming back on my long-term control medicine, i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. breo won't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. breo opens up airways to help improve breathing for a full 24 hours. breo contains a type of medicine that increases the risk of death from asthma problems and may increase the risk of hospitalization in children and adolescents. breo is not for people whose asthma is well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. once your asthma is well controlled, your doctor will decide if you can stop breo and prescribe a different asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. do not take breo more than prescribed. see your doctor if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. ask your doctor if 24-hour breo
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and it's waiting for you... at jared. >> this is continuing coverage of the raid in paris. police going after what they believe to be the mastermind of those paris attacks from friday. we just heard from an eyewitness a short time ago that he heard more than 50 shots in that area. helicopter activity overhead, explosions, police warning residents to remain in their homes even at this hour. >> and it is still a developing situation. we want to go right to that scene right now in saint-denis, just about 30 minutes north of central paris. our alex marquardt is there. alex. >> reporter: good morning, kendis. that's right. not just an evolving situation understand it's an active scene and told by the french justice ministry the raid is over. one of my colleagues just spoke with someone who lived on this street. right across from that apartment
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that was raided. she described this as an active scene and said that this raid started at 4:15 this morning. she and her husband were woken by a very loud explosion that launched the raid and we understand that over the course of the next several hours there were lots of gunshots, waves of gunshot, waves of explosions that resulted in the wounding of around five police officers. the french paris prosecutor's office tells us that five arrests have been made. three of them from inside that apartment and two people, a man and a woman who were near the apartment. the big question this morning is whether a man by the name of abdelhamid abaaoud was inside that apartment. he has been designated the mastermind, the organizer of these paris attacks on tri that left 129 people dead. he is a prominent member of isis.
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he was believed to be in syria. he is of belgian origin featured prominently in many of their recruitment videos for fellow europeans featured prominent in several of their propaganda videos that were more barbaric showing those executions. if he is, indeed, in paris just outside paris in the suburb of saint-denis, the french authorities have said he was the target of this raid so if he is, indeed, here that means that he managed to slip through the european intelligence net, make his way from syria back here to france. reena. >> >> alex, thank you very much for your reporting today. we want to remindepdznd we've got more details coming up on "good morning america" and ask you stick with us. we've been following these continuing coverage over the past few hours of the police raids in paris -- excuse me, in france not far from paris. >> quite a development this morning.
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several police officers injured and "gma" will have live team coverage of all the latest coming up. thanks for joining us. breaking news this morning in france, heavy gunfire and explosions in an early morning raid targeting the mastermind behind the paris attacks. >> a standoff as the sun rises. police storming a suburban neighborhood. a dramatic turn in the terror investigation. we have live team coverage. on this wednesday morning we continue with abc news breaking coverage out of france.
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in paris. >> the sights and sounds, s.w.a.t. team surrounding an apartment building north of paris looking for isis operative abdelhamid abaaoud, a string of explosions and gunshots could be heard through the night and residents were ordered to stay inside. our abc's correspondent alex marquardt has the latest from the paris suburb of saint-denis. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, kendis. we are right here on the edge of this large perimeter that the french police have set up around that apartment that was raided which is around 200 yards down that way. the tower and church has struck 10. 5 1/2 hours ago this police raid started with gunfire and explosions lasting quite some time. we understand that there was some -- we've been on the ground for three hours and has been relatively quiet for quite some time except for a loud series of
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