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French special forces and medical vehicles are seen on Rue de la Republique on November 18, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France. French police special forces raided an apartment, hunting those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital five days ago. At least one person was killed in an apartment targeted during the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. At least five police officers have been wounded in the shootout. (Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
French special forces and medical vehicles are seen on Rue de la Republique on November 18, 2015 in Saint-Denis, France. French police special forces raided an apartment, hunting those behind the attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital five days ago. At least one person was killed in an apartment targeted during the operation aimed at the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. At least five police officers have been wounded in the shootout. (Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
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2 p.m. Update: French authorities have held a press conference but did not clarify the fate of the suspected mastermind of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, except to say that he and another suspect, Salah Abdeslam, were not in custody. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said the battle this morning left "at least" two people dead, but he could not yet share the precise number of dead or their identities.


Gunfire and explosions rocked Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, today as police raided an apartment where the suspected mastermind of Friday's terrorist attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was believed to be holed up.

The siege ended with two deaths and seven arrests, but so far there's no information on the identities of the dead or captured. French President François Hollande spoke to the nation following the raids and promised to improve security in the country. He also praised authorities for their actions.

Julien Pretot of Reuters joins Here & Now's Indira Lakshmanan from Paris with details.

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This segment aired on November 18, 2015.

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