Suspected Paris female suicide bomber identified

Published November 20th, 2015 - 02:00 GMT

A 26-year-old woman was killed along with the suspected mastermind of the Paris terrorist attacks during a police raid this week, prosecutors said Friday.

The body of Hasna Aitboulahcen was identified thanks to fingerprints.

French media have reported that she was the cousin of the mastermind, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. But the France Info broadcaster said police are still trying to determine if this was in fact the case.

The extremely violent raid on Wednesday featured 5,000 rounds fired by police and reportedly a suicide bombing set off by Aitboulahcen, complicating ensuing forensic work at the damaged apartment in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

Three bodies have been found so far, with one still to be identified.

The other body was Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin who is believed to have masterminded the Paris shootings and bombings that left at least 129 people dead last week.

Several media reported Friday that he had been filmed about an hour after the start of the attacks by a security camera at the Croix de Chavaux metro station, in a suburb of the French capital.

The news raised questions about Abaaoud's possible participation in the assaults, since the underground station is close to where one of the suspects' cars, a black Seat, was found.

So far, French authorities had described Abaaoud as having organized but not materially carried out the attacks, which targeted cafes, bars, restaurants, the national football and rugby stadium, and the Bataclan concert hall. The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for the killings.

A manhunt is still under way in Europe for a man suspected of having been the eighth assailant in the attacks, Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French resident of Belgium. His brother Brahim was among the seven attackers who died on November 13.

By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, Alvise Armellini

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