In the early hours Wednesday, gunshots were heard crackling in the darkness in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris.

It was around 4 a.m. and 70 police officers surrounded an apartment believed to house suspects connected to the deadly attacks in Paris four days earlier. With grenades in tow, they were preparing for a raid.

What followed was a seven-hour siege, which left at least two people dead.

Jean-Michel Fauvergue, director of Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion (RAID) — the special tactical unit that led the raid — described a behind-the-scenes account in an interview with French publication Le Figaro Wednesday, sharing gripping details from the siege that shook the historic neighborhood Read more…

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Inside that apartment: What happened during the 7-hour deadly siege in Saint-Denis