Police officers gesture throughout a search in the residence of the mother of Hasna Aitboulahcen, in Aulnay-sous-Bois, near Paris. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP
French forensic and health-related specialists are examining what remains of the woman who blew herself up in the course of a police shootout after the Paris terrorist attacks, believed to be Islamic State supporter Hasna Aitboulahcen.
The Frenchwoman, aged 26, was heard engaging in an practically hysterical exchange with police shortly just before she trigged a suicide belt, killing herself quickly.
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Aitboulahcen, whose name was also spelled Ait Boulahcen, was reported to be a cousin of Abdel-Hamid Aba Oud, the man believed to have masterminded the coordinated series of bombings and shootings in Paris on Friday evening that left 129 folks dead. Even so, investigators remain unsure of any family members connection.
On Thursday particulars emerged of Aitboulahcen’s journey from extroverted cowboy-hat-wearing girl to business boss to suspected terrorist.
Born in Clicy-la-Garenne in the Hauts-de-Seine on the outskirts of France on 12 August 1989, of Moroccan parents who had come to France in 1973, Aitboulahcen was young when her parents separated.
She was reportedly brought up by her mother in the Paris region, but spent time with foster parents and often visited her father following he moved to a housing estate in Creutzwald, east of Metz on the French-German border, where she studied.
Despite the fact that her father nonetheless has an apartment in the town, he has been in Morocco for the past six months, the neighborhood mayor mentioned.
Neighbours in Creutzwald mentioned they had not observed Aitboulahcen for at least five years but stated back then she was “extrovert”, “bubbly” and a “bit lost”. She liked to wear a big hat, leading to her nickname “the cowgirl”.
“She didn’t appear like a suicide bomber and she drank alochol,” one particular of her young neighbours at the Impasse du Dauphin told the neighborhood newspaper Le Républicain Lorrain. “We saw her fairly typically and we called her the cowgirl because she usually wore a large hat.”
One more neighbour in Paris said she was a “tomboy” who dressed in jeans, trainers and a black hat till she began wearing a niqab eight months ago.
In Might 2013, she was registerd as having founded a constructing company called Beko Building, a organization that has been inactive for two years, according to official records.
In current years, Aitboulahcen had created no secret of her assistance for Islamic State on social media networks. Conscious of her relationship with Aba Oud, instantly identified as the man behind the Friday 13 attacks, French intelligence service place her under immediate surveillance.
Her phone was already getting tapped and bank movements traced as element of an investigation into drug trafficking in the region. After the Paris attacks, further phone taps have been authorised. It was info gleaned from this surveillance that led police investigating the attacks to the apartment on the third floor of 8 rue du Cotillon in the Saint Denis suburb of the French capital, exactly where yet another alleged terror cell was holed up.
Suspecting the cell was organizing a additional attack on the city, French particular anti-terrorist forces arrived to neutralise the group at 4.20am on Wednesday.
Soon after heavy gunfire and a brief exchange with police, during which officers shouted to Aitboulahcen “where’s your friend?” and she replied: “It’s not my buddy,” there was heavy gunfire followed by a big explosion.
Another neighbour, Christian, 20, reported hearing a blonde woman he believed was Aitboulahcen shouting “help me, help me, assist me,” and police ordering her to raise her hands just before hearing a burst of gunfire.
It was unclear regardless of whether Aiboulahcen had detonated her suicide vest or whether the fire from French snipers outside the apartment had set it off.
Her contact with the terror cell was of tiny surprise to those who had been following her. On 11 June, Aitboulahcen, who studied at the Paul Verlaine University in Metz, posted on her Facebook page a photo of herself in a headscarf and long robe making V signs with her hands to the cameras.
Her status, written in a form of abbreviated slang, study: “Jver binto aller en syrie inchallah biento depart pour la turkie!” (I’ll quickly be going to Syria, God prepared, soon leaving for Turkey.)
She had also expressed her admiration for Hayat Boumeddiene, the widow of Amédy Coulibaly, who carried out the attack on the the Hyper Casher supermarket in Paris three days following the Charlie Hebdo attack in January, killing four folks.
BFMTV said she was “obsessed by jihad”, but had in no way produced it to either Syria or Iraq.