After Raid on ISIS Terrorists in Saint-Denis, French Security Chief Admits Using Israeli Counter-Terror Techniques
The head of RAID, the special ops French police unit that led Wednesday’s raid — in which the apparent ringleader of Friday’s devastating ISIS attacks was killed — said his unit’s latest counter-terrorism techniques were developed in part with help from Israel, Le Figaro reported on Thursday.
Speaking to the French newspaper about the raid in the northern Parisian neighborhood of Saint-Denis, which included gunfights, thrown grenades and a suicide detonation, RAID commander Jean-Michel Fauvergue said his unit “has used the experience of our foreign friends, including techniques used in Israel, but also in other countries.”
Fauvergue, five of whose officers were wounded in the 30-45-minute raid, mostly by flying shrapnel, said these techniques were to ensure the least possible damage when engaging potential suicide bombers.
RAID — which stands for Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence — was also the unit that stormed the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris last January, after an ISIS terrorist took it over and killed four people.
It was also responsible for neutralizing Mohammed Merah, the French Islamist terrorist who, in 2012, went on a shooting spree against French security forces and a Jewish school in southern France.
The body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who French authorities suspect was behind the attacks last Friday that left 129 dead, was identified among rubble after the raid. French police have said that Abaaoud’s cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen, was the woman who blew herself up during the raid. Fauvergue said his forces were stunned by the blast, but not as shaken as perhaps she had hoped. The walls of the building warped, he said, but the infrastructure did not collapse.