Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris terror attacks, has been killed, the Paris prosecutor’s office says.

Abaaoud was believed to be close to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was probably the link between the senior ISIS leadership and ISIS operatives in Europe, European counterterrorism officials have said.

French military forces had tried to kill Abaaoud before, launching airstrikes in October on an ISIS training camp for foreign fighters in Raqqa, Syria, one French counterterrorism source tells CNN.

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