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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 a some point if thehave enough tim 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, andnd i think you're reporting you're hearing noises, which may possibly be flash bangs, et cetera. that they may well have entered, you ow, 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 surveillllance in this country and particularly looking for people potentially who suddenly go dark.
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can you tell us about that and what the fbi is doing post these attacks on friday? >> sure. that i 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 encryrypted 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 the surveillance. in other words, e 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 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,ho are they associating with, et cetera.
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they're talking about an area, molenbeek in brussels that they believe to be the epicenter where the planning took plac they say this community, it is largely muslim, that very tight-knit. how does the fbi or any law enforcement crack any sort of communy 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 peoe 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 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. there's been complaints from the muslim community that the bureau
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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 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 e information that's driving, for example, the cururrent 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 possible abdelhamid abaaoud, and this is a guy who's suspected behind the "charlie hebdo" attack, the train attack that didn't happen, and now this, and they thought that he w wasn syria and now it turns out he might t possiblye in a suburb of paris in a residential area? does that kind of shock you that
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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 arnd, 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 ght. 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 a moment. please stay with us. what do you got to offffer us toy? 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... disappppear. there's gotta be a better way to find the right card. whatever kind you're searching for, creditcards.com
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welelcome ck. we're follolowing th breaking news that is taking place i 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 n now of that neighborhood, the san dennis neighborhood. as we mentioned, it's close t 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 suects, were the target. >> and they're calling that, as you said, the target of the operation there. it's unclear exactly who's inside, but on the ground is our alex marquardt. alex, what can you tell us right now about the situation? >> reporter: good morng, kendis. good morning, reena. just moments ago we heard from the office of the french justice minister that this raid is 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
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about the the past half an hour. what we've also learned is one 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 news agency agence france press 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 s 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 what could have been concussion grenades or sound grenades, something that police forces might use as they storm into a building. as you can see, the light now 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.
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there is a large unit of heavily armed police right now with body armor in a relatively 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 sa. however, in the meantime the mayor's office has asked the residents of this neighborhoo as you mentioned, it's a suburbb 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 also want to show you, we've got se video just in right now of that raid. we wanted to show it to you right nowt this hour. >> yeah, alex, as you were talking, we could see that video and you cld hear a lot of the bangs. this is taking place -- listen there. [ gunfire and explosions ] this video as that raid was tang place earlier this morning.
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went on for several hours. >> that's what we understand from witnesses and from official sours, that once this started at 4:3 in the morning it's continued for quite some time. we arrived on the scene about an hour ago. by thatt point it was relatively quiet. except for that loud spurt of explosions that i mentioned that seed to case the end 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 was the target. we have no confirmation that he was inside this apartment. that'll be the big question that we're trying to get answers to right now. >> also very surprised, alex, hearing about a female suicide bombers well. we are going to head to break, but we will sl v.have our alex
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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 s so far from the justice ministry is that this raid is coming to an end if it hasn't finished already. we've also confirmed that one of theuspects 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. he is indeed in this country, in france, that would be a big surprise. he is believed to be the maermind behind this series of attacks 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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good morning. we are following breaking news out of paris, where a raid, gunfire as well have been heard from a suburb not too far from paris. in addition to this situation we have also been monitororing overnight twowo diverted air france flights. we want to go now to our headquarters here in new york. elizeth hur. elizabeth, what are you heararing? >> reporter: kendis and reena, obviously we are still collecting information here. but whatt we haveearned from air france officials is this. they tell us that two air france planes were diverted last night after reports of bomb scares were called in. we're talking about flight 55 that left washington, d.c. for paris. the second flight, flight 65, that left los angeles also bound for paris. now, both according to officials received anonymous threats just after takeoff. officials said in a statement that after -- as a precautionary measure, rather, and to conduct
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all necessary safety checks. both flights were diverted mid-flight, and they landed safely, o in halifax and a second in salt lake city 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 developmts, but we have just read according to the associated press they're reporting that authorities have investigated and at this time found no credible threat. they are reporting that that came from an fbi statement releleased lat tuesday ght. so once again, we are monitoring the developments involving two air france flights diverted mid-flight and both of them, we are told, made safe landings, one in halifax, the other -- okay. >> the other one -- >> elabeth, i know it's still the middle of the night but do we know anything from the faa? >> you know, elizabeth, i'm
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going to cut you off because this is a live picture. we do see some policic officers there. this is in the saint-denis area. we've been followinghis 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 possibly stun grenades. about a half hour away from paris in a somewhat rough neighborhood. middle-class, working-class. >> we're going to continue to follow these developmentss as well as that situation that elizabeth mentioned about those
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stay with us. 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. we are told that police have gone after severaluspects 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 morning, reena. there was a flurry that activity that came out of nowhere ithe past five minutes. 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
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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 1000 of themem, follod in hot pursuit to see where they were going down the narrow side streets of this suburb of paris. they had their guns drawn. they went through 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 way, and came back here to the square. so we are essentially back to square one, if you will. we understand as i mentioned from the justice mintry that this raid has come to an -- sources that one of the suspects inside this apartrtment surrounded
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by police around 200 yards down the street was a woman who detonated her explosives vesest. and the big -- who else was inside that apartment. the target of the investigation, french officials -- was a man named abdelhamid abaaoud. he is 26-year-old belgian, a very prominent member of eesis who had featured in a number of online deos, barbaric execution online videos, who is believed to be in syria, believed to be the mastermind, the organer of these attacks on friday night tt left 129 people dead. it was quite surprising t learn this morning that he might be in fact in france. and of course the other person who is of great interest to international officicials, to law enforcement, is salah abdeslam,
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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 authorities came 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? >> 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 thehe "charlie hebdo" attack earlierhis year. this guy would be a high-value target, right? >> reporter: it would be hely significant. for starters, just because he 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
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that isis has become known for. he's a belgian citizen of moroccan descenent, and isisas 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 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, of images of police activity right around the area where the 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 u what would go on in the minds of police at this hour
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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 in france. and so some of these raids they say are connectcted directly to the investigation around the attack. others are not. we were rapping u in the downtown paris a couple hours ago whenews 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 cracking down on neighborhoods like the one we've been talking about, m molenbeekn brussels. now, mollen brooek is very enen enen enen molenbeek is very intesting becse it's in
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become a hotbed of jihadism. hundreds of its residents have gone off to fight for isis in syria and other jihadist broke. there are some 900 people. a lot of its youth are 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 ifrance 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 societety, secul french society, who feel targeted by french 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 iraqaq and elsewhere. the fear now is that we have the
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these attacks now andhat 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. isis has said 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 begning of a new wave of attacks internationally by isis. >> alex marquardt reporting from saint-nis for us. alex, we appreciate the update. want to get now to our affiliate, france 24, the english and french channel. and they have some eyetness sound we want to get too rht now. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. so i looked out the window. when we called the police, we di't know what's going on and
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like a shooting or something. but then she told us that the police were intervening. so we could hear shtings. and we could hear the helicopterers ying. >> 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 really scared and she spent two hours lying down on the floor. police told her to stay do, 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 veryy traumatic
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>> 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 exactly what's being -- what's going on here in ameririca. 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 thone 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 polies you see do not have one, but you can get a lifetime rate lock through the colonial penn progogram. call this number to learn more. this plan was designed with a rate lock for people on a fixed income who want affordable life insurance that's simple to get. coverage options
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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 havave 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 otherords, 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 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 seeee. and at some juncture, and i think you're reporting, you're
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possibly be flash bangs, et cetera, that they may well have entered a residence or an apapartment,hatever it might be. >> brad, i was really surprised shorortly aft 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 on what we just saw in paris, is that there is no outwd or open communication. now, is there encrypted communicication? that remains to be seen. but the key here is tt 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 physicall surveillance, the electronic
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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 callhe ticktock, which is literally the ticktock o 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 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 tightnight even if f you up the surveillancen 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 he today is even people in communities like that -- this know that the behavior that occurred in p paris will come back down on them. and it is in effect i think
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certain extent. so that will get sosome peoe 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 cetera. and so you've got that whole component that some of it's working, 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 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.
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i'm just curious about 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. anand 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 bee able to survive there for all this time? >> no. cause 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. >> that was former fbi special agent t brad gartt 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
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accounts from the ground, from paris, from saint-denis, that suburb not too far from paris. stay with us. you're watching "world news now." i see trees of green red roses too i see them bloom
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and i think to myself what a wonderful world music oh yeah we're continuing our coverage of the police raids targeting suspects in the terror attacks in paris. and we want to give you some
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sound of some eyewitnesseso 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 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.
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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 ken up by a huge explosion. police stormed into the sxwlg to her to get dow 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 operatn. 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 foror her son, that it was a very traumatic experience. >> you're watching live coverage of abc's situation in france. police raids taking place there. we'll be back in just a moment with alex marquardt on the ground. a highly contagious disease.
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good morning. we'reollowing 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. there are reports from the french news agency that there were at least two others inside that apartment, one of whom was killed, one of w4078 is still alive. those have not been confirmed. in the last few minutes there
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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 officers who had been here just took off running toward another area in this paris suburb. we all went chasing a after thehem to see what was happening. -- minutes they turned back around and came back here witith no word as to why. so again, we uerstand from the french j justice ministry that this raid is either coming to an
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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 ththat left 129 people dead. very prominent member of isis. he's from belgm. 26 years old. and he was believedo be in syria. now he may be i 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 i 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 thehe suscts in friday's terrible attacks on paris. >> and as alex marquardt said, those terror raids coming to an end. we do know a series of terror 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. thiss 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 dramaticic 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 o on this area in a suburb not too far from paris, specifically in an apartment complex. initiall they believed the were two suspects holed up inside. and there have been several developments that have been takiking placeust within the last few hours. all of this playing out 4:30 in the morning, paris time, 10:30 eastern time last night heren the east coast. we want to get to our alex marquardt who has been on thee scene shortly after all of this started going down. alex, what do you know no >> reporter: well, good morning, kendis. well, just a short few secds ago the clock tower here in the
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center of saint-denis tolled 9:00. that raid started taking place around 4:30 this morning when lice 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 andnd -- 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. 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 offials that one of the spects who was holed up in this apartment araround 200 meters down that road, maybe you can
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down there, was a woman, and she detonated her suicidevest. we understand from the french news agency agence france-presse that there w were a 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 ght attacks that killed 129 people. 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. frenenchfficials and other international officials have
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and so it would have taken well beyond the initial eight attackers that they believeve 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 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 theyon't generally see any sort of frontline fighting. many of them go to the de facto capital, raqqah. isis's de fao 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 attackers on friday night, seven of whom died during the attacks. one became the prime suspect. his name is salah abdeslam. 's a 2626-year-ol belgian. he is believed to be alive, on the run.
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been launched t 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 being based off of cctv, cled 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 prosececutors he 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 coveringhis since the very start to hear he might have possible have been right there in that residential neighborhood? >> reporter: not just surprising but scary. this is the nightmare scenario that french and european and
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you have thousands of fighters from these countri who he 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 ates. so it would be embarrassing to the frerench intelligence services and to interpol. it would be extremely scary, as i mentioned. but it is something of the chickens coming home to roos 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. he is not someone who has just stood onhe 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
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execute foreigners and people who are against them. so this is someone who is quite well known. he was believed thave organized this from virsyria. 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 developopments in the paris suburb of saint-denis where our alex mquardt is standing by for us. alexex, thankyou. > 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 pressss, 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 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 csidered a suspect. no reports on who was arrested
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but as alex just mentioned, clearly t the numbe one target right now in the french crosshairs, abdelhamid abaaoud, is someone who suspected to have been in this lolocation. 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 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
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we've seen them rush in. the army has come in as ll. 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 t first reports of gunfire and we'veeard additional gunfire, sometimes dozens of bullets, sometimes a single shot, andf 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 arrest going on or continuing siege and attempt to try to capture people alive rather than killing them. so this continues to be an ongog and very large operation, possibly the finale of this attack if in fact -- of the paris attacks frommny killing 129 people. if in fact french authorities have managed to corner or possib arrest abdelhamid abaaoud. >> all right, matt. and i know you've been on the move.
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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 lilittle bi by the way, these are live pictures of that neighborhood. > reporte it does. seems that police are a little bit more relaxed. but every once in a while they 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, 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 be considered a suspect or threatening in any way to theolice officers out here because they were twitchy and they physically pushed back the press multiple times every time we got even near their perimeter. 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.
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rescinded t. 12 schools have been closed today around here. kids not going to school. this entire area is on lockdown. and again, police couldt 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 fromnside that apartment. ththree peoe have been detained. we don't know exactly what their identities are. but we do know 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 is morning. matt we're goioing to cck 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
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for those of you joining us now, we have breaking news coverage from raids in paris not far froa paris suburb as the country there is attempting to recover from the attacks. we are l learning om 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. information on the identities. we do know that a man and woman who attempted to get close to the apartment building were also detained as well, and one woman did set off her explosive suicide velvet. >> and we're told that the target of all these raids was the mastermind behind the attacks that took place on
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in the meantime, ough, as this was all playing out around 4:30 in the morning paris time, many residents in the neighborhood in saint dennis were wakin up to these sounds. take a listen. >> i heard an explosion, about 20 muteses ago, about six explosions. well, i didn't count, actually, but it was quite a few explosns. 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. anthen yeah, at least 50 police army vehicles and over 100 ldiers, policemen. i saw that people were posting it posting about the shooting. and then at t that tim i realized that there was a shooting and then i informed all my friends an flatmates and people around the area.
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and then yeah, there were continuous gunshots for it felt like over half an hour. >> i woke upearing gunshots. i went out to the window and we uld 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 toldd us that the police was intervening. it's called a raid police. so we could hear the shootings until 5:30 a.m., i thinink. and then we could still see the helicopters flyi. and now -- we just want to be safe and we don't think about being near some terrorists or 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
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the police. that's terrifng. i'm just shaking right now. >> she told me that she was woken up by a huge explosion. police stormrm 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 shepent 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 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 saint-denis this morng. 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
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attacks on paris, on friday there were air strikes shortly after in syria. noww we areeeing a series of raids that have taken place. at lea a minimum of 168 raids over the pt 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 werere made and one woman set off a suicidede st. >> we were told that some police officers were injured as a result of thisorning 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 whwho might have been arrested, those five ople. >> and we will have more on the man, the focus that police say was behind these raids. stay with us
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our continuing coverage of raids taking place in a paris suburb, targeting those who were behind the terrorist attacks in paris. >> we know that police have been focusing on who they believe to be the masterminds of those terrorist attacks. abdelhamid abaaoud. and we want to go to the streets of france there to our abc's alex marquardt, who has beenn watchinghis unfold. alex, what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: good morning, reen well, this raid started around 4:30, about 4 1/2 hours ago, just over 4 1/2 hours ago, and we understand it has come to an end according to the justice ministry. there has been a bit of a flurry 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 bn relatively calm in this
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immediate vicinity. bu 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, t big question right now is whether this mastermind of these friday attacks, abdelhamid abaaoud,as 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 mann and woman close to the apartment. unknown if abaaoud was in -- among them. >> all right. our alex marquardt there with the latest on the situationon there in paris. we're going to reset and give you the very latest right after this break. >> and right after that break we will talk with a witness whoas
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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 activity that's taking place 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 we diverted. and elizabeth, as we bring you in, we are getting this word from the desk that the 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 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 t 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
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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 gettining is thaobviously their pliert 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 them back en route back to paris. so this investigation is continuing, but the good news, accoing to the fbi, no explosives were found. and of course the next step
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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 th 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 andforemost, 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,
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place. good morning on this wednesday move 18th. this is a special edition of "world news now." >> we're following breaking news from france. >> gfire and police raids north of paris. you see the scene thehere 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 heard 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 coincides with what we're seeing here on the ground. it has been relatively quiet for the past two hours. the last thing that we heard was a flurry or series of loud explosions that were pbably concussion grenades or sound grenades that police used to stun people when they carry out these raids.
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paris prosecutor's office iss that fivive arrests were made. three from inside that apartnt 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 -year-old belgian that was believed to be in syria with isis. he is a prominent member of isis. he has been featured in manyf their propaganda videos trying to recruit fellow europeans, fellow french speakers, but also in some of the more barbaric propaganda videos as well in whic they 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
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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 soo different, alex, is the fact this man is a belgian national. he wasn't someone in syria 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 in 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
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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 cl in a town called verviers near the border with geany. i was actually in that town in january when police carried out a raid on that cell, killing several members and seizing a large weapons cache as well as police uniforms indicatesing they were ready to carry o some sort avenueue 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, that is not only deeply embarrassing for the european intelligence services but also deeply disturbing because it goes to show what many others like him who have gone to join isis in syria may be able too do. >> and alex, i'm curious. you say it's embarrassing.
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but also we look at this neighborhood that's right there around you. it looks like any other parian 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 it that no one in this particular neighborhood said anything? and is that telling of the 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 isbsolutely right. why would someone from a neighborhood like this -- or why would someone from a neighborhood like molenbeek in belgium go to join the fighters in syria? now, both in france a in belgium there are l large musm populations, largege populations of young muslims, men who are -- who feel disenchanted, disconnected with french and
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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 saint-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 sentially beco 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 these neighborhoods in france and belgium to the cause. >> and we know just how successful 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
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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. and down that boulevard, about 400 yards away is where all of this s shooting happened. now,e heard it originally about 4:30 a.m. local time here in paris. wewe came here about 45 minutes later. heard reports of gunfire. then about an hour after that we heard a number of explions, possibly concussion grenades, stun grenades, which cld 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 apparently detonated a suicide vest she was wearing either during or at some point during 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.
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during the million man, million person march after the "charlie hebdo" attacks earlier this year there were hundreds of thousands of people in the strtreets 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 paratroopepers. clearly they were mounting this assault and many shots fired. but whatever isoing on is several hundred yards down the frood us. it it does seem like it's coming to an end. we've h had silen coming out of there possibly for about 45 minutes.
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what has been happeningn 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 wawas before dawn, we saw anybody coming out into the street beyond that police perimeter, they had their hands on their he, and he believed they might have been suspects, and pole 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 pring through the curtains to see what's going on downstairs. 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.
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we know this population is a residential community. you were talking about how police specifically said don't leave your homes. buthat's the guidance now? we know there are close to over 100 people under hououse 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'ss 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 the drink and try to enjoy the name. 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
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and drinking beer and enjoying this fantastic place. the other side this jtery edgy side of this city and we experienced that on sunday dung one of five major stampedes. panics. triggered by almost nothing. apparently, one of them was triggered by firecrackers. another w simply a phantom experience. but we were out in the square, th place de la republique. thousasands 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 harrowingexperience. 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 easte time. in were two air france planes, 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 bong 777 that was diverted to nova scotia, halifax, nova scotia.
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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 found, both on their way to 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 andnd what th 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. just search, compare, and apply creditcards.com. a one, a two, a three percent cash back enou pressure in here for ya? i'm gonna take mucinex sinus-max. too late, we're about to take off. these dissolve fast. they're new liquid gels.
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more than five hours after a massive police raid went down in this neighborhood. 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 angeles or mpa, florida. we're going to bring in -- earlier this morning we spoke with former fbibi special agent brad garrett who talked to us about what law enforcement are doing to secure the homeland. >> well, one of the keys anytime you're trying to determine if somebody's in a residence is what intellince 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
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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 situion, 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 insnside 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 well have entered, you knknow, a redence 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 particully looking for people potentially who suddenly go dark. can you tell us about that and
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attacks on 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 paparis, is at 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 particarly concerned about then you're going to up the survrveillance 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 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 happens in a
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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, 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 toff 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 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. there's been complaints from the muslim cmunity that the bureau and other agencies, nypd in particular, were using too
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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 th'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 that it's possible abdelhamid 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?
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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. >>ll right. former fbi special agent brad
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so the only thing they see is thth beautiful bird. go ahead. let 'em judge. we are continuing to follow the breaking news out of france. a suburb north of paris is the focus of police raids, where police say they believe the mastmind behind the paris attacks on friday could have possibly been holed up. we want to take you to an eyewitness from this neighborhood right now. raheel mohammed. raheel joining us now from skype. you were just a short ways from this. can you tell us your location specifically and what you heard ovnight? >> i'm in saint-denis. sorry if i don't speak good english. i'm at saint-denis. d beginning at 4:30 shotgun boom.
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shotgun and that don't stop. everyone run in the street. police. police talk us to go home and stay safe with family. >> how man guhots 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 focusising on th 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? >> i don't know. i don't know who they are -- if terrorists about the attack of
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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 that? >> how what? >> 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. raheel, we appreciate you joinining us. >> raheel mohammed, an
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we'll be right back. 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 friday's attacks there on 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 policee activity. alex, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, reena. there was a flurry of activity that came out of nowhere in the past five minutes. 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 ian instant around a half dozeno a dozen police officers took off running away
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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. they went through 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 way, and came back here to the 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
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by police around 200 yards down ththe streetas a woman who detonated her explosives vest. and the big -- who else was inside t that aparent. the target of the investigation, french officials -- was a man named abdelhamid abaaoud. he is a 26-yeaold belgian, a 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 france. and of course the other person who is of great interest to international officials, to law enforcement, is salah abdeslam,
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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 iernational 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 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 would be hugely significant. for starters, just because he 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 exutioion videos that isis has become known for.
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moroccan descent, and isis has put their european and other foreign members front and center toto try to cruit 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 isis proportionally. hundreds, thousands more coming from both france and -- prominent member of isis. to find him back here is very significant. of couourse to cch him would b even more significant. kendis? >> and we're looking right now, alex, at images of police activity right around the area where the 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 of police at this hour when you're dealing with civilians in a heavily populated
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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 in france. 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 connected to the attacks on friday nig. the french have obviously bebeen cracking down on neighborhoods like the one we've been talking about, molenbeek in brussels. now, molenbeek is very interesting because it's in central brussels and yet has
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hotbed of jihadism. many of its residents, hundreds of its residents have gone o off to fight for isis in syria and other jihadist groups. a lot of its youth are disaffected. there's a high unemployment rate so that's why they feel disenfranchised. anthat's why this radical jihadism, extremism, has been on the risese. 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, who feel targeted by french society. and that's what many experts accuse of stirring up this angry, of fomenting this extremism and causing these
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young people to go to syria and to iraq and elsewhere. the fear now is that we had the attacks in january andnd we've h 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 eope and beyond. isis has said they want to target the u.s. and washington in particular. i spoke with secretary of state john kerry yesterday, who said that anybobody who w 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 isis. >> alex marquardt reporting from saint-denis for us. alex, appreciate the update. we want to get now to our affiliate, france 24, the english and french channel. and they have some eyewitness sound we want to get to right now. >> i woke up hearing gunshots. so i looked out the window. we could hear it. when we calledhe police, we didn't know what's going on and
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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 thahat she wa 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 to stay down, to remaithere 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
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>> 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 exactly what's being -- what's going on here in america. 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. manyolicies you see do not have one, but you can get a lifetime rate lock through the colonial penn n program. call this number to learn more. this plan was designed with a rate lock for people on a fixed income who want affordable life insurance that's simple to get. coverage options
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we spoke with him earlier this morning and we want to hear a little more about what brad has to hr 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? 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 entered a house and he wasn't there. they thought he was inside. maybe they had that situation. maybthey 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 dedetermine at they can see.
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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 surprprised 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 t that and what the fbi is doing post these attacks on friday? >> sure. they've got literally dozens of people they're kping track of. and what the suggestion is based on what we just saw in paris, is that tre is no outward or open communication. now, is there encrypted communication? that remains to be seen. but the key here is at if you have got some plers or individuals that you're particularly concerned about then you're going to you up the surveillance. in other words, the physical
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surveillance, the electronic surveillance, obviously of cell phones and/or hard lines. and i think that's's what th're suggesting, that there may be a core group o of peoplehat they 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, where are they going, who are they associating withet 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 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
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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 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 colaints 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 some of it's working, some of it has not. but you know, it still boioils 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, for example, the current location where they're attempting to apparently go into -- or think about going into a residence or an
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apartment. >> all right, brad. i'm just curious about this one thing. cause 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 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. that was s former f special agent brad garrett giving us a sense of whahat's goinon 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
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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 explosns. i didn't count but it was quite a few explosions. it was about 2 20 minuteago. >> 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 lookining too mu. 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 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.
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so we could hear the shootings until 5:30 a.m. i think and we could still ar 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 o the floor. police told her to remain there while they were conducting the operatio 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 son, that it was a very traumatic experience. >> you're watching live coverage of abc's situation in france. police raids taking place there. we'll be back in just a moment with alex marquardrdt on the ground.uardt on the ground. a highly contagious disease.
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good morning. we're following breaking news s 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 raraid got under way about 4 1/2 hours ago at 4:30 this morning that several police had been jured. 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 french news agency that there were at least two others inside that apartment, one of whom was kied, one of whom is still alive. those have not been confird by abc news.
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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 movg 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 nowhe 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 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
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so. the french have said that the target of this raid is abdelhamid abaaoud. he is believed to behe mamastermindthe organizer of ese 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 tt neighborhood, which is a residential neigorhood just north of the c city of pis. 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 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 vember 18th. this is a special edition of "world news now." >> we're following breaking news from france. gunfire and police raids north ofaris. the search for suspected terrorists takes a new tururn, a dramatic onene. we'r're going 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 belelieved the 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 marquardt who has been on the scene shortly after all of thihis arted 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
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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 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 sususpects w was holed up in this apartment around 200 meters down that road, maybe you can
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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 suspepect on thrun 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 cocomplexityf this operation that it was highly coordinated. we're talking about the friday night attacks that killed 129 people. that these were suicide bombers. in the heart of europe. at many different locations. this was a highlcoordinated, very well-organized attack that uld 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
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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 wewere also men 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 sortf 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 attackers on friday night, seven of whom died during the attacks. one became the prime suspect. s names salah abdeslam. he's a 26-year-old belgian. he is believed to be alive, on the run. an international manhunt has
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been launched to find him. but then late last night in a big new development the french came o out sayinthere was a possible nth attacker who could have been involved. that's being based off of cccctv, closed circuit vid of one of ththe incides that showed three peoplen 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 have been covering this since the very start to hear he might have possibly been right there in that residential neigorhood? >> reporter: not just surprising but scary. this is the nightmare scenario that french and european and american intelligence agencies all fear.
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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 sleer 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 e some tim this belgian, abdelhamid abaaoud, he's a 26-year-old originally of moroccan descent. 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 videos where they
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who are against them. so this is someone who is quite ll 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 in the 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 a are you hring 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 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'sut and about could be considered a suspect.
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or the exact target. but as alex just mentioneded, 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 ca and having the mastermind right here in northern paris of bothth of thesattacks, 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 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
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we've seen thehem rush i 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. probablyly about fr hours now since the first reports of gunfire and we've heard addition 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 couould have en stun grenades. which speak to possibly some 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 fromny kiing 129 people. if ifact french authorities
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have managed to corner or possibly arrest abdelhamid abaaoud. >> all right, matt. and i ow 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 ththough the situation 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 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 en we came in here at abt 6:00 a.m. there were still some people, you know, coming out and about, getting their coffee, about to go to wk. a lot of them were sent running. some of them came out of their houses with their hands on their heads. nobody wand 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. so very, very edgy here. and again, kendi all these people in this entire neighborhood have been ordered by the governing authorities to ststay indoo. i don't think that that has been rescinded yet. 12 schools have been closed
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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,t, three fm 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. tt, 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 wiesses 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 attpting to recover from the attacks. we are learning from these raids overnighthat there we 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 identies. we do know that a man and woman who attempted to get close to the apartment building were also detained as well, and one woman did 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.
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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. i saw that people were posting it, , posting out the shooting. and then at that time i realized that there was a shooting and then i informed all my friends and flat mates and people around the area. and then yeah, there were
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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 being near some terrorists or something like that. we never thought it could ever happen in my town. it's very weird to see that and terrifng.
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the police. that's terrifying. i'm just shaking right now. > she tolme 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 expeperience. >> you hear the eyewitness tell all of this that was taking place inin the par 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, on friday there were air sikes shortly
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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 stre there, and thene are hearing that the entire raid has finied, 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 man, the focus that police say was behind these raids. stay with us. you're watching "world news now." that police say was behind these raids. stay with us. you're watching "world news now."
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>> our our continuing coverage of raids tang place in a paris suburb, targeting those who were behind the terrorist attacks in paris. >> we know that police have been focusing on who they believe to be the masterminds of those terrorist attacks. abdelhamid abaaoud. and we want to go to the streets of france there to our abc's alex marquardt, who has been watching thiunfold. alex, what are you seeing right now? >> reporter: good morning, reena. well, this raid started around 4:30, about 4 1/2 hours ago, just over 4 1/2 hours ago, and we understand it has come to an end according to the justice ministry. there has been a bit of a flurry 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.. fomuch of the past two hours that we've been here it has been relatively calm in this immediate vicinity.
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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, w indeed arrested. he was the target of these -- of this raid today. we understand from the prosecutor's oice that five arrests were made, three from inside the apartment and another man and woman close tohe apartment. unknown if abaaoud was in -- among them. >> all right. our alex marquardt there with e latest on the situation there in paris. we're going to reset and give you the very latest right after this break. >> 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
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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 frfrom parisan area that has been a focus of police activity. >> yeah. as we continueue to lookt that activity that's taking place 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 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.
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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 safelyeplaned. then canine officers and investigators got on the plane, and according to fbi officials theyound no explosives on these planes. in fact, we have gotten word that the plane that was groundeded in salt lake city, that was already been cleared and it is now back in the air d 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 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.
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and of course that's the source to see what happened here. >> have we heard anyththing more elizabeth, from the faa? do we expect anything to change as far as security oflights here in the u.s.? >> reporter: at least at this point acrding 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 repoing from here in our headquarters. >> and we will be continuing our live coverage. breaki news out of france, where terror raids have taken place. we'l'll have t latest. stay with us.>> and we will be contiing our live coverage.
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where terror raids have taken 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 stormining 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. a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the terror attacks 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
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explosions and gunshots could be heard through the night and residents were ordered to stay inside. our ababc'sorrespondent alex marquardt has the latest from the paris suburb ofof 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 arounund 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 exexplosions lasting quite some time. we understand that there was some -- we've been on the ground for three hours and has beenn relatively quiet for quite some time except for a loud series of blasts that sounded like concussion grenades or stun grenade, the kinds of things police use when thehey raid buildings to stun suspects. that could have marked the endnd of this raid. we do understand from the french justice ministry that the raid
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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 bigig questn 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 is 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 target of this raid but rig 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
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>> herrived 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 happed and may still be happening because ten minutes ago we heard one loudbang, that's after the series of ten bangs that we heard earlier this mornin 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 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, t that wom who debt naded her suicide vest was killed.
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target of that raid, of course, is ablhamid abaad, thehe 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 gat city, possibly harboring -- being harbored by someoeone w lived in this very modest worki cla 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 offthem. all the stores had shuhuttered here, a ghost town except for gawkers who are trying t 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 eyessf police officers that we are
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they are extremely serious and the buildup of forces right here in this northern suburb just about a mile away from thehe stade de franc where the through suicide bombers blew themselves off kking 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,ery early right after the initial crackle of gunfire, automatic weapons when we saw first the police roll in then we saw the counterterrorismforce, 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 anybody who comes nearhese 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 homemes, out of their apartments we've seen them have their hands on their head,
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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 operations 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 asarly as tuesday, both french and american intelligence believed that themastermind 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 portunities on this. >> reporter: it's hard to tel 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
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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 somhing clearly y led pole 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.d.s to travel. that is why it seems that these terrorists have been so ubiquitousus throught europe and had a major square overnight in germany, hanover, the great
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netherlands/germany match the site of a possible major threat an indicates that something big was going down and, in fact, the stadium seatslmost 50,000 people and among the attendance was supposed to be angela merkel, the chancellor of germy 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 cititizen like abdelhamid abaaoud or the other members of the cell that attacked france, you can travel freely. you don't need to stop at a border post to show your i.d., your passports you can move fluidly t throughou the entire continent. >> i have to wrap you up while we reset the situation that is happening right now. once again, as matt was
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mentioning and alex mentioning ve arrests made all in connection with the terror attacks that took place last friday. you see police setting up that tent in for long haul in paris. on the other side of this break, just imagine the horror of the residents of that neighborhooood waking up to the sounds of explosionsns andgunshots.
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police that five police officers were also injnjured durg t ts momorning'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 explosionsns. our p partners at france 244 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 be looking too much and then, 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 realid that there
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informed all my friends and flatmates and people around the area and then, yeah, then there were continuous gunshots for -- fe 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 whas going on and what we heard which was like a shooting or something but then she told u us tha the police was there there. so we could hear shootings until 5:30 a.m.m.nd then we kcan still hear that and now we're just 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 thohought it
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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 huguge explosion andnd they stormed into the building and told her to getownen 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 twoours lying down on the floor polic told her to stay calm to remain there while they were conducting the operation. then they told her -- they acuated her and told her to go to the halll where she found refuge. she told she meefs really, really scared for her, for her son and this was a very traumatic experience. >> hearing terror not only eyewitnesses on the ground in france but affecting o others in country. the fbi saying that they have at least 90 amemericans who have been
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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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news out of a suburb north of paris where police conduct what had they're calling a significant terror raid potentially going after the masternd of friday's paris attacks. >> so far we are told that five arrests have been made. three from inside of a 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 into custody as yet. all this coming some five days after the attacks taking place in paris. meantime, we spoke a little earlier t to a news contributor brad garrett. we got him on the phone. brad. >> well, one of the keys ss anyny time you're trying to determine if somebody does a residence is what intelligence do you have that he's here. in other words, didid 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
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this person is in that house? you know, as we just experienced in the l last coue of days they entered the house and he wasn't there. they tught 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 posbly be vic bangs that they may have entered a residence or apartment or whatever it may be. >> all right, brad, and i'm jt curious about this one thing. theye saying it's possible abdelhamid abaaoud and this is a guy that's spected behind the "charlie hebdo" aing that, the train attack that didn't happen and now ts and they thought that he was in syria and now it
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in a suburb of paris i in a residential area. does that k 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 follow the police raids in france. we want to bring in "world news
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paparis. arriving shortly after the attatacks. 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 presen. the operation is still under way. we know that this operation hadad to do with abdelhamid abaad who, of course, is considered the mastermind of all these coordinad attacks though authorities have not been able to say whether or not he was in fact inside the building they have gone into here this 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 attackers who took their lives all had identical suicide belts th were wearing. it's unclear if she was part of that group.p. >> and, david, what is the scene right now?
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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 cocourse, "world news tonight" anchor david m muir on the scene. >> as david was talking about there, what's unclear at this ur police are trying to ascertain that female suide bomber who detonated her 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 onn 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 other end of this break r alex marquardt is close just step as way from the apartme 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 treatmentnt.
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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 warng residedents to rain 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 sasaint-des, 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 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 raiaid and we understand that over the course
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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. he was believed to be in syria. he is of belgian origin featured prominently in many of their recruitment videos for fellow eueuropeans featured prominent in several of their propaganda videos that were more barbaric
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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 "od morning america" and ask you ststick wit 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. police making several arrests, several police officers injured and "gma" will have live team
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