3rd Body Pulled From Raid Rubble Near Paris

And 2nd body has been positively IDed as female cousin of alleged mastermind
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2015 9:24 AM CST
People work Thursday inside the damaged building of Wednesday's raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(Newser) – A third body has been pulled from the wreckage of Wednesday's police raid north of Paris, the New York Times reports. The body of alleged attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud was positively identified Thursday, and forensics experts also confirmed the body of Hasna Aitboulahcen, said to be Abaaoud's cousin, per the Guardian. The third body found at the scene of the Saint-Denis raid has yet to be IDed, and there's some confusion on the gender: The Guardian says it's "understood to be a man," while Sky News reports it's a female. And a lawyer for Omar Abaaoud, Abdelhamid's father, says the family is upset that Abdelhamid wasn't captured alive—not because of familial devotion, but because they want to know where Abdelhamid's younger brother Younes is, per the Times. A security source tells Reuters that a younger brother IDed as Yassine Abaaoud has been in Moroccan custody since October, though it's unclear if Younes and Yassine are the same person.

French police stayed busy Thursday into Friday, conducting 182 raids that brought in dozens of weapons and 17 detainees, the Wall Street Journal reports. And two Belgian men appeared in a Brussels court Friday, accused of driving missing suspect Salah Abdeslam to the Belgian capital after the attacks, the Times notes. The lawyer for Brussels native Hamza Attou, 21, said he and Moroccan-born Mohamed Amri, 27, got a call at 2am on Saturday and "simply went to get Salah, without knowing" what was going on. They figured "something had happened in Paris ... but didn't suspect anything," Amri's lawyer said, adding Abdeslam seemed "stressed out" during the ride back to Belgium. Meanwhile, per ABC News, French PM Manuel Valls says the official death toll of last Friday's massacre has risen to 130. Speaking to the French Senate Friday morning, Valls said, "To those who ask, 'What can I do?,' I say: to resist is to keep on living, to go out."

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