Paris prosecutor says cell was ready to act

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins, AP Photo

PARIS – Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins says a terror cell that was neutralized in a massive police raid early Wednesday was ready to act.

He says police fired some 5,000 rounds during an hour-long exchange of fire at a hideout where a terrorist cell had holed up north of the capital.

Molins says heavily armed police squads initially were thwarted by a reinforced door to the apartment in Saint-Denis north of Paris where the terror cell had holed up, and faced nearly incessant fire as they worked to enter.

Special police arrested eight people during the raid. Two people were killed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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