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It has been reported by multiple sources that the female suicide bomber who blew herself in Paris during today’s massive police raid is Hasna Aitboulahcen.
She is allegedly the cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is thought to be the mastermind behind Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Police had discovered his whereabouts and tracked him down during today’s operation.
The only photo released thus far of Aitboulahcen is as follows:
According to DH.be, she was born in Paris and ran her own business (Beko Construction) until 2012. Intelligence services had her on their radar prior to the attacks.
The police report that she was on her phone, most likely alerting her accomplices, minutes before she took her life. She is now officially the first ever suicide bomber in France and western Europe as a whole.
As to protect themselves, the police never entered the building, but operated from below and atop a rooftop across from the apartment in which they discovered her.
A witness told the Guardian, “During a 10 or 15-minute lull in the shooting, I heard a woman shouting: ‘Help, help, help me!’ The police asked her to identify herself and to show herself. She showed her hands, but she didn’t reveal her face. She withdrew them and then put them up again several times… The shooting resumed. The police were firing from the roof of the building opposite. Suddenly there was an enormous explosion [from the window, inside the flat]. It was probably the woman who blew herself up.”
The following video reveals the moment the witness described, including the explosion after Aitboulahcen detonated her vest.
We’ve uncovered details on her former company BEKO Construction. The company was formed in April of 2011 and specialized in masonry work and unfinished buildings construction.