Paris terror attacks and Saint Denis siege latest: here is what you need to know

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Wednesday 18 November 2015 09:00
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A French government spokesman has said the police siege of an apartment in the Paris suburb of St Denis, where the person suspected of organising the attacks on Friday was staying, has ended.

Here's where we stand now:

  • Gunfire and loud explosions were heard as French police launched an operation in St Denis in the early hours of Wednesday morning

    • A female suicide bomber blew herself up

    • Five police officers suffered minor injuries, and a police dog died

    • Two people have been confirmed dead, the female suicide bomber and another man killed

    • There have been seven arrests confirmed but their identities are not being released by police

    • Witnesses claim one man was seen being escorted from the building at the centre of the siege by armed police - but his identity is unclear

    • There are reports that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is suspected of being behind the Paris attack and previously thought to have been fighting in Syria, may be one of the people arrested

  • The football match between Germany and the Netherlands on Tuesday night was abandoned before kick-off after police received "concrete" evidence that someone plotted to detonate a bomb inside the stadium in Hannover - although no explosives were found according to the local interior minister

German football fans outside the stadium in Hannover (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Football United - the back page of Wednesday's i paper (Picture: the i paper)
  • Wembley paid tribute to victims of the Paris attacks when the England national team took on France on an emotional Tuesday night. Players from both teams joined together to observe a minute's silence and the crowd did its best to sing along to La Marseillaise

  • David Cameron is expected to set out a "comprehensive strategy" which could see RAF jets undertaking bombing missions in Syria before Christmas. The Independent reports that Labour MPs are ready to defy leader Jeremy Corbyn and back the vote for airstrikes in the Commons

The mission to destroy Isis (Graphic: the i paper)
  • Meanwhile, Russia carried out "one of the biggest and most complex heavy bomber missions in modern history" against Isis targets in Syria on Tuesday, after determining that the downing of a Russian jet in the Sinai peninsular earlier this month was a "terrorist act"

  • Two US Air France flights bound for Paris were diverted overnight following security alerts and landed safely in the US and Canada. All passengers were evacuated.

Here's everything you need to know from the Paris aftermath on Monday and Tuesday

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