Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the key suspect behind the Paris attacks, was killed in a police raid in the Saint Denis suburb, the Paris prosecutor said.
“Abdelhamid Abaaoud has just been formally identified … as having been killed during the raid” in a northern Paris suburb on Wednesday, Francois Molins said in a statement on Thursday.
French police are still looking for another alleged attacker, Salah Abdeslam, who is on the run.
Abaaoud, 27, allegedly orchestrated the attacks claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Police originally thought he was in Syria, but their investigations led them to a house in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis and heavily armed officers stormed the building before dawn, triggering a massive firefight and multiple explosions.
Three police officials say a woman who died in the raid was Abaaoud’s cousin. One said Hasna Aitboulahcen is believed to have detonated a suicide vest after a brief conversation with police officers.
The official confirmed an audio recording, punctuated by gunshots, in which an officer asks: “Where is your boyfriend?” and she responded angrily: “He’s not my boyfriend!” Then loud bangs are heard.
The exact relationship between Abaaoud and Aitboulahcen was not clear.