Gunshots can be heard piercing through the streets of Saint Denis as French police siege an apartment believed to be containing suspects of the Paris terror attacks.
Onlookers have captured a series of clips caught on mobile phones of the ringing sound of the armed fire, believed to be from officers closing in on the property.
One of the videos reveals police officers shooting from an unmarked car. Further clips capture the scenes as fierce explosions ring through the streets in the early hours of this morning.
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Gunfire began around 4:30a.m. local time, and was intermittent for at least two hours. Stunned residents were evacuated from the area as scores of heavily armed officers flooded the streets.
A female suicide bomber is thought to have blown herself up as police moved in on the suspected Paris terrorists. Five officers have been injured, according to reports.
The Saint-Denis suburb in the north of the city is located close to the Stade de France national stadium, where three suicide bombers blew themselves up during Friday night's slaughter that killed at least 129 people.
Attacks took place at a number of locations round the capital, the deadliest being at the Bataclan theatre where 89 people were killed and 99 others critically injured.
News of a second unidentified terrorist thought to be directly involved in the Paris atrocity emerged after CCTV indicated there were three extremists involved in the attack on bars in the city.
It would take the total number of attackers to nine, with seven dead and the eighth surviving gunman, Salah Abdeslam, the subject of an international manhunt.
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