French police kill suspect, arrest 10 in counterterrorism operation

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French police traded gunfire Saturday in a Strasbourg apartment building with the top suspect in a September supermarket bombing, leaving the 33-year-old man dead and one police officer wounded, prosecutors said.

The incident was part of a far-reaching, coordinated counterterrorism operation targeting radical Islamists that led to 10 arrests, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters.

A chief focus of Saturday’s sweep was Jeremy Sidney, a 33-year-old former convict who at one point “converted to radical Islam,” Molins said. The prosecutor said Sidney’s DNA was found on a small explosive device thrown September 19 into a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, outside Paris, wounding one customer.

Police officers went Saturday morning to an apartment building in Strasbourg, in eastern France, that was home to one of Sidney’s two “religious wives,” said Molins. According to preliminary reports, Sidney shot at police as soon as they opened the door — firing six shots and emptying his .357 Magnum revolver before being killed in an exchange of gunfire.

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