Shooting broke out in a northern suburb of Paris during an anti-terrorist police operation on Wednesday, five days after the worst attacks in French history killed 129 people in the capital.
“A large police operation is under way in the Paris suburb of St-Denis and it’s believed to be linked to the deadly attacks on the French capital. There have been exchanges of gunfire and special SWAT teams are on the scene,” says an official.
Police have blocked off the area around Place Jean Jaurès in Saint Denis, just north of Paris.
French authorities have said they are searching for at least two people involved in last Friday’s attacks, which killed at least 129 people and seven terrorists.
Ambulances can be seen and sirens heard in French television footage from the scene.
A special armed response unit took part in the raid.
Earlier, Investigators have obtained a video confirming there was a ninth attacker in Paris among the men who opened fire on bars and restaurants, sources close to the inquiry said.
The video indicates a second unidentified attacker could be on the run along with 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, unless the man in the video is one of two suspected accomplices being held in Belgium.
French and Belgian police have launched a manhunt for Abdeslam in connection with Friday’s carnage in Paris, which left at least 129 people dead in the worst attacks in French history.
Abdeslam is believed to have fled after gunning down people at bars and cafes in Paris’ 10th and 11th arrondissements alongside his brother Brahim Abdeslam, who later blew himself up outside a bar on Boulevard Voltaire, seriously wounding one person.
The video indicates there was a third suspect in the black Seat car used in the attacks, when five people were gunned down in front of the bar A La Bonne Biere at 9.32 pm, a source close to the inquiry said.
The video shows the assailants firing from the car, which was later found abandoned in Montreuil, east of Paris along with three Kalashnikov assault rifles.
The third man in the car has not been identified, another source close to the inquiry said, without ruling out the possibility that he could be on the run.