Confirmed: Mastermind Of Paris Attacks Dead

Confirmed: Mastermind Of Paris Attacks Dead

Yesterday, a raid on an apartment in a Paris suburb resulted in the death of the “mastermind” of the attacks last Friday. It is now confirmed that one of the dead is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was part of ISIS.

(Abaaoud) was linked to a plot in April to attack a church near Paris and police are also investigating a possible connection to the attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris in August.

In Belgium, he had links to an Islamist cell broken up by security forces in the town of Verviers in January, with the deaths of two gunmen.

The 28-year-old was identified from his fingerprints.

And it doesn’t look like anyone will be collecting his remains.

What is also important to note is who he took out with him. Europe saw its first female suicide bomber yesterday during this raid – Abaaoud’s cousin, Hasna Aitboulahcen. Her death was violent, to say the least.

Credit La DH/Les Sports
Credit La DH/Les Sports

Ait Boulahcen blew herself to pieces after police closed in on the Paris safehouse where she was hiding with her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the French bombings.

Witnesses described her screaming ‘help me, help me’ and ‘I’m not his girlfriend’ seconds before detonating the device.

Her head and spine were found in the street after being blasted through the window. Abaaoud, a Belgian jidhadi who had been in Syria, also died in the ferocious gun battle that followed.

While her family described her as “not interested” in religion and more modern, clearly, something changed.

Since she was last seen in Creutzwald she has clearly been radicalised, judging by her Facebook page, which Belgian news website has seen.

In it she can be seen wearing a niqab and brandishing firearms. She also wrote messages praising Hayat Boumeddienne – the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, the Jewish supermarket killer in Paris last January – who fled to Syria.

Like Boumeddienne she tried to travel to Syria, but never managed to. She is said to have written on her Facebook page: “I’ll soon by on my way to Syria God willing. Soon leaving for Turkey.”

Having failed to join IS overseas she subsequently “offered her services to commit terrorist attacks in France”, according to French police sources.

She was placed under “triple surveillance” by French intelligence, judges and police for drugs running and terror activities.

While Abaaoud’s death may cripple ISIS plans in Europe temporarily, we have no idea how many Aitboulahcens he has left behind to carry out further attacks. This investigation is far from over, and the web of terror could be spread everywhere.

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