The master mind of Paris attacks AbdelHamid Aba aoud killed in encounter with French Police

PARIS: The suspected Islamic State mastermind of the Paris attacks was among those killed in a police raid north of the capital, France confirmed on Thursday, bringing an end to the hunt for Europe's most wanted man. Authorities said they had identified the mangled corpse of Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud from fingerprints in the aftermath of Wednesday's raid and gunbattle in which at least two people died including a female suicide bomber. "The spider in the web is no longer a danger," Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens said, calling it a "breakthrough". French Prime Minister Manuel Valls broke the news of Abaaoud's death to parliament on Thursday to applause from French lawmakers who were voting to extend a state of emergency for three months. While quickly tracking him down will be seen as a major success for French authorities, his presence in Paris will focus more attention on the difficulty European security services have in monitoring the continent's borders; Reuters quoted.