Suspected Paris terror attacks ringleader has been killed

This undated image taken from a militant website on Monday Nov. 16, 2015 showing Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud. A French official says Abdelhamid Abaaoud is the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks was also linked to thwarted train and church attacks. / AP

CNN – French investigators have determined that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris terrorist attacks, was killed in a major police operation in a suburb of the city.

Another key suspect linked to Friday’s atrocities by ISIS attackers in the French capital is still at large. And Belgian authorities are conducting fresh raids around Brussels.

ISIS, meanwhile, is continuing to fuel alarm and outrage around the globe, announcing the killings of hostages from China and Norway and claiming it plans to attack New York City.

Here are the most important recent developments:

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader in last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, has been killed, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Thursday.

Lawmakers in France’s National Assembly on Thursday approved a plan by President Francois Hollande to extend by three months — to February 2016 — the state of emergency declared the night of the Paris attacks. The bill, which gives the government sweeping powers, now moves to France’s upper house, or Senate, for an expected Friday vote.

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 Chinese President Xi Jinping “strongly condemned” ISIS for kidnapping and killing Fan Jinghui, the first known Chinese national to die at the hands of the terror group. ISIS announced that its militants had killed Fan and a Norwegian citizen in the latest edition of its English-language magazine, Dabiq. Blasting ISIS for having “brutally murdered” Fan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his government “firmly cracks down on … any terrorist crime that challenges the baseline of human civilization.” Hong added, “(China) will continue to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation with the international community to safeguard world peace and tranquility.”

Belgian authorities are conducting six raids at various locations around Brussels on Thursday in relation to one of the Paris attackers, said Eric Van Der Sypt of the country’s federal prosecutor’s office. The raids are targeting people connected to Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers who blew themselves up Friday outside France’s national stadium on the outskirts of Paris. A separate raid was carried out in the Brussels suburb of Laeken in connection to the Paris attacks, and one person was taken in for questioning, the official said.

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