French investigators said Thursday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris terrorist attacks, died Wednesday in a major police operation in a suburb of the city.
Another key suspect linked to Friday’s atrocities by ISIS attackers in the French capital is still at large. And Belgian authorities are conducting fresh raids around Brussels.
• NEW: Though authorities have confirmed that Abaaoud died as a result of Wednesday’s police raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, they don’t yet know whether he blew himself up, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Thursday.
• NEW: Papillary prints — which include prints from fingers, palms and soles — led officials to identify Abaaoud’s remains, the French prosecutor’s office announced Thursday in a statement. He was one of two people killed in raids Wednesday in Saint-Denis, the office said.