Timeline of Police Assault After Paris Attacks

Timeline of Police Assault After Paris Attacks

Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) arrive at the scene as shots are exchanged in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015. (Reuters)

Paris: French police launched a dawn raid on today as they hunted down those behind the terror attacks that claimed 129 lives in the French capital five days ago.

A snapshot:

Around 04:20 am (0320 GMT): anti-terrorist police raid an apartment in Paris suburb Saint-Denis, home to the Stade de France stadium. Shooting breaks out.

04:31 am (0331 GMT): firemen say they have joined the operation against "an armed group holed up in an apartment". Police say between two and four people are inside.

Around 05:00 am (0400 GMT): intermittent gunfire can still be heard.

05:49 am (0449 GMT): two police officers have been injured, a source close to the probe says.

07:03 am (0603 GMT): At least one person is killed in the apartment, according to a source close to the raid.

07:30 am (0630 GMT): large explosions and firing are heard.

07:40 am (0640 GMT): local authorities recommend that local inhabitants stay indoors.

07:56 am (0656 GMT): two suspected terrorist holed up in the apartment die during the police siege, including a woman who detonated an explosives vest, according to police sources. At least three police are injured in the operation.

09:17 am (0817 GMT): three men holed up inside the apartment are arrested, while a man and woman are arrested nearby, according to the prosecutor's office.

10:00 am (0900 GMT:) a government meeting at the Elysee Palace held as the operation continues.

11:26 am (1026 GMT): police say the assault is over and that seven have been arrested, of which three in the targeted apartment, two in neighbouring apartments and another two in the neighbourhood.