#ParisAttacks: Suspected mastermind killed

Abdelhamid Abaaoud was killed in an early morning raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on Wednesday.

An undated picture taken from the February 2015 issue 7 of the Islamic State (IS) group online English-language magazine Dabiq, purportedly shows 27-year-old Belgian IS group leading militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud, also known as Abu Umar al-Baljiki, believed to be the mastermind of the Paris attacks. Picture: AFP/HO/Dabiq.

PARIS - The Paris prosecutor has confirmed the suspected mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks is among the dead in a raid in a suburb of the city.

Shortly after Friday's attacks, Belgian, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was named as the alleged ringleader of the attacks.

He was killed in an early morning raid on a building in Saint-Denis north of Paris that lasted about seven hours on Wednesday.

WATCH: Raids in Saint-Denis.

Meanwhile, the French National Assembly has this afternoon voted to extend the state of emergency by three months.

President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency following the attack on multiple venues in Paris last week, which have left at least 129 people dead.

The increased state of emergency gives security services and police exceptional powers.

France has not seen a state of emergency since the Algerian War of Independence in 1961.

Addressing a joint sitting of Parliament at the Palace of Versailles earlier this week, Hollande also called for the French constitution to be amended to allow authorities to act against war-level terrorism.


Another suspect responsible for the attacks remains at large.

Salah Abdeslam slipped through a road block while heading back to Brussels because his name was not on a wanted list at the time.

The Belgian national was named as the alleged ringleader days after Friday's deadly attacks.

A suicide bomber who blew herself up during yesterday's raids has been identified as a cousin of Abaaoud.

Five police officers were slightly wounded and a police dog was killed.