There is much more to the story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, the woman blamed for being “Western Europe’s first female suicide bomber,” than previously understood.
Police authorities in France announced on Friday that she may not have been a suicide bomber at all.
The woman killed after a police raid on an apartment in suburban Paris targeting the alleged ringleader of the Paris attacks did not die in a suicide bombing, police officials said Friday.
Prosecutors said following Wednesday’s raid in Saint-Denis, north of the capital, that Hasna Aitboulahcen had detonated a suicide vest and died in the assault. But police now believe that the suicide bomber was a man, not a woman.
The identity of the homicide bombing suspect was not revealed, only the description that it was a man.
The news development throws into light further questions about the woman who was believed to be a rapid convert to Islamist extremism.
Witnesses near the dilapidated apartment in the Saint-Denis district of Paris where the bombing took place told authorities Boulahcen yelled “Help me!” repeatedly just prior to the bomb going off, brutally killing her and a police dog named Diesel.
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