Footage captures final moments of Western Europe’s ‘1st female suicide bomber’
French police continued to negotiate with Hasna Aitboulahcen, the peroxide-blonde 26-year-old would-be jihadist, until she detonated herself with a force so powerful it blew her head off and into the street, an amateur recording and a police account revealed.
As scores of France’s RAID special police unit surrounded the house in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis at dawn on Wednesday, Aitboulahcen was alongside her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind last Friday’s Paris attacks, which killed more than 130 people.
Eyewitnesses said Aitboulahcen appeared at the window, shouting “Help me! Help me!” during the gun battle with the jihadists, in which the police expended an estimated 5,000 rounds.
It was unclear whether this cry was a trap or a genuine plea for help. When police told the woman to stay still, she quickly disappeared inside the flat.