Video Shows Shocking Moment Europe’s First Female Suicide Bomber Blew Herself Up
An eyewitness with a cellphone was recording the pre-dawn police raid that ended with the first female suicide bomber blowing herself up near police officers.
Five officers were wounded at Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris, but none killed. However, a police dog died after the explosion.
Hasna Ait Boulahceen, the woman who blew herself up, is the cousin of the man allegedly behind the Paris terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
He was killed during the blast and surrounding firefight between a jihadist cell and police.
Officers used almost 5,000 bullets and grenades during the raid.
Sources told Reuters that the cell was planning another attack, on La Defense, the French capital’s business district, before police intervened.
They were led to the apartment thanks to tapping the phone and surveilling Boulahcen as part of a drug investigation.
The explosion rocketed Boulahcen’s head and spine out the window.
The video emerged just hours after audio from the scene captured her final words.
In the audio, an officer shouts to Boulahcen: “Where is your boyfriend?” after some reports indicated officials thought Boulahcen was involved romantically with Abaaoud, who may not have been related by blood. “He’s not my boyfriend” she screamed back.
The officer yelled again, saying: “Where is he?” to which she shouted the same answer: “He’s not my boyfriend!”
It’s unclear what drove Boulahcen to align herself with Abaaoud, since her brother Youssouf Ait Boulahcen said she had no interest in religion, never read the Koran, and didn’t wear a veil until a month ago.
“She spent her time criticising everything. She was living in her own world. She was not interested in studying her religion. I never saw her open the Koran. She was permanently on her phone, looking at Facebook or WhatsApp,” he said in a statement to news agencies.
“I told her to stop all of this but she would not listen, she ignored my numerous attempts to give her advice.”
A neighbor told the Telegraph that prior to the last month, she was outgoing and very normal.
“She wasn’t scared of anyone. She was like a little soldier. She was very lively, very dynamic. She didn’t have a niqab before. She was always in jeans and trainers,” he said.
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) November 20, 2015
Hassane, the neighbor, a retired 62-year-old, added that Boulahcen was always very kind and had once helped him with heavy grocery bags. “‘I can’t believe she’s part of this sect. When I heard it I felt sick. She was like all young girls – it was who she was hanging out with,” he added.
Amin Abou, a 26-year-old local, added to the Daily Mail that the woman was “a party animal who loved clubbing.”
“I would see her in this club in Germany which is only ten minutes away but where we go out because its much cheaper for alcohol. She came here two or three years ago for two months. She didn’t work or go to university. I don’t think she even finished school,” he said.
“She loved partying and going to clubs. She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys. She had a bad reputation. She had lots of boyfriends, but nothing serious.”
But French police sources believe that she inexplicably tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS, and when unable to offered her services to the terror group where she was just months before the attacks.
In June she suddenly started posting messages on Facebook supportive of radical Islam, reported La Derniere Heure, including calling herself a jihad fanatic.