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Authorities release 7 people detained during raid on Paris area apartment

Police security forces raid building for suspect in Paris attacks

In this photo released Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, by the French Interior Ministry, police security forces are seen during the raid in the Saint-Denis region of Paris, France, on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. 

(Jerome GROISARD / AP)

The Paris prosecutor’s office says authorities have released seven people detained during a deadly police raid linked to the Paris attacks.

Prosecutor’s spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre says the eighth person detained during Wednesday’s operation in an apartment in Saint-Denis remains in custody.


Suspect Jawad Bendaoud can be kept in custody up to six days under French anti-terrorism laws before he must be charged or released.


Bendaoud said in televised remarks during the raid that he let people stay in the apartment as a favor and “didn’t know they were terrorists.” Among those targeted in the police operation was the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in the raid.


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