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Police Target Paris Attack Suspects in Saint-Denis Raid

Heavy gunfire broke out early Wednesday morning in a Paris suburb as French police conducted a large operation searching for suspects in the Paris attacks.

. Police forces operate in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris on Nov. 18, 2015.

Police raided a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was believed to be holed up Wednesday. The siege ended with two deaths and seven arrests.

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. Residents are evacuated in Saint-Denis.

A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's attack was believed to be holed up, police said.

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. French military members stand guard near the site of the raid in the city center.

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. Hooded police detain a man.

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. Rue de la Republique was closed because of police activity in Saint-Denis.

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. Police break a church door to secure the area after special forces raided an apartment.

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. Snipers with the French police patrol from the roof of a church in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

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. A man is taken away from the scene by French special police forces during the operation.

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. A forensics police team works at the scene.

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. A resident is searched by police.

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. Members of the BRI, a special intervention unit of the French police, take combat positions.

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. French police stand in position as special forces raid an apartment.

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. A passerby raises his arms as he walks past police.

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. A truck with French soldiers drives through Saint-Denis.

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. French special police forces secured the area as shots were exchanged in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France on Nov. 18, 2015 during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital.

Saint-Denis is close to the Stade de France soccer stadium which was targeted by suicide bombers last week.

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. Police prepare for the operation.

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. The raid was targeting a leading Belgian jihadist, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is suspected of being a lynchpin in the terror attacks that killed 129 people.

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. French police evacuate residents.

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. A French police officer evacuates residents.

Authorities in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis told residents to stay inside during the large police operation near France's national stadium.

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. An officer stands at the ready.

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. Police in body armor stand on a street corner.

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