Abdelhamid Abaaoud: a naked dead body and the blonde
Is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the drugged-up Muslim nihilist who planned the murders of 129 people in Paris, dead?
The Mail wonders if Abdelhamid Abaaoud has been killed by French forces?
The Sun provides an answer:
But why is “dies” in inverted commas? “GOT HIM” is a neat update on the ugly “GOTCHA” by which the Sun heralded the sinking of the ARA General Belgrano, an Argentine Navy cruiser sunk by a British submarine during the 1982 Falklands War.
The Sun is less certain and uncertain. The article on the dead “mastermind” runs:
A TERRORIST’S body is carried from a flat after a gun battle with more than 100 police yesterday, as sources claimed it may be the IS mastermind behind the Paris massacre.
Officers hunting Abdelhamid Abaaoud — who planned last week’s carnage which killed 129 — said a blonde accomplice blew herself up as cops and special forces stormed the scene.
A blonde? Is he a brunette?
Armed cops fired an astonishing 5,000 bullets as they swooped on the terror cell. IS massacre mastermind Abaaoud was believed to be one of the two suspects who died in the pre-dawn swoop on a flat.
It was reported that the 27-year-old Belgian fiend had died in a hail of bullets and grenade blasts in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
His cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen blew herself to bits as she tried to lure the cops into a deadly trap. The suicide blast — Europe’s first involving a female — killed police dog Diesel, who had been sent to approach her and sniff out explosives.
The Mirror has more facts:
Abdelhamid Abaaoud is dead. Or as good as dead.
Eight people were taken alive, including this chap:
The Star nails it.