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French Police Confirm Mastermind Behind Paris Attacks Killed In Raids

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The alleged mastermind behind the terrible attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured has been confirmed as deceased.

On Wednesday French Police conducted a raid in order to track down the terrorist attackers — specifically Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian ISIS member who was reportedly behind the attacks.

After the raid — which left two people dead and eight detained — Paris prosecutor François Molins could not confirm Abaaoud's death, though he did state that the Belgian was NOT taken into custody.

Related: ISIS Propaganda Video Shows Shots Of Times Square

Well French prosecutors have now declared that Abaaoud was indeed killed in the raid. Apparently he was too

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Paris Attacks: Eagles Of Death Metal Speak Out About The Crew Member They Lost At The Bataclan

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We cannot even begin to imagine what they're going through right now.

The world was shocked last Friday when terrorist attacks on Paris left 129 people dead, including 89 people at the Bataclan concert venue.

Now, five days later, the band that was performing when terrorists opened fire on the audience is speaking out.

Related: Justin Bieber Pens Open Letter To Paris Attack Victim

Eagles of Death Metal managed to escape the building before they were taken hostage, but unfortunately not all of their crew members made it out alive.

Bandmates Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme took to Facebook Wednesday morning to address their sorrow over the loss of their merchandise manager Nick Alexander, as well as the other slain industry personnel, saying:

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Paris Attacks: 2 Dead, 7 Detained In French Police Raid Against Paris Attackers — But Is The Mastermind Still At Large??

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On Wednesday, two terror suspects were declared dead with seven others being detained in custody after an intense shootout in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis. Whoa.

The security operation was in response to the deadly attacks in the City of Lights that shook the world last week. It's reported the operation was meant to target the ringleaders of the terrorism strike — specifically Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Salah Abdeslam.

The French police concentrated their mission in one particular residence building in the suburb where the targets had barricaded themselves. 15 residents, including women and children, were evacuated prior to the cops flooding the small town with heavy backup.

Related: Geraldo Rivera Travels To France To Find His Daughter

According to sources, one woman who was suspected by the authorities ended her life by blowing herself up via suicide belt.

In fact, the town's residents were certainly not far from the terrifying action.

One source noted:

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German Soccer Match Canceled, Stadium Evacuated After 'Serious' Indication Of Explosive Materials

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Another possible terrorist attack may have just been thwarted.

HDI-Arena in Hannover, Germany was evacuated Tuesday afternoon just 90 minutes before a friendly match between the German national team and Netherlands was set to take place.

Hanover police chief Volker Kluwe told local media outlets that the game was cancelled after multiple "serious" threats were received warning of a potential attack similar to what happened in Paris, France.

While no explosive materials have been confirmed, several reports have indicated that a truck filled with bombs disguised as an ambulance was located outside of the stadium.

What makes this thwarted attack even more eerily similar to the fatal killings in Paris on Friday is that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was scheduled to attend the game, just as President François Hollande was watching his match.

There have also been reports that a concert venue similar to the Bataclan has been evacuated.

We'll continue to update you as the story develops.

Stay safe, everyone.

[Image via Julian Stratenschulte/dpa/Associated Press.]

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Paris Attacks: Geraldo Rivera Travels To France To Find His Daughter — Watch Their Touching Reunion!

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He must be so relieved!

Last week Fox News journalist Geraldo Rivera revealed on live TV that his daughter Simone, who is studying abroad, had been at the soccer stadium that was targeted during the attacks in Paris, France.

On Monday the concerned father traveled to Paris so he could make sure the 21-year-old was safe.

Related: Justin Bieber & Kylie Minogue Share Messages To Late Music Industry Vets Who Died In Terrorist Strike

As you can imagine, the 72-year-old was filled with relief as he hugged and kissed his little girl. Once the journalist went back to work, he shared the experience of seeing his daughter again, saying:

"It was an amazing relief just to squeeze her and to know that she was safe. Of course we had exchanged text messages after a frustrating failure to communicate during the awful incident on Friday night. All I can say is that the Rivera family is tremendously relieved, but we mourn so much for the other families that have suffered so much here … This was a really severe, horrible blow to the soul of the French people."

Ch-ch-check out the wonderfully touching moment (below) as we keep in our hearts all those affected by the terrible events last week.

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