- Body of woman was found in debris by police combing siege flat for clues
- Hasna Ait Boulahcen was believed to have blown herself up during siege
- Her cousin, who masterminded Paris attacks, was also killed in Saint Denis
- Investigators are trying to identify third body ‘believed to be that of a man’
Daily Mail – The woman who was thought to have blown herself up in the Saint Denis gun siege was actually killed when another member of the Islamic cell let off a bomb, according to a source within the French police.
Hasna Ait Boulahcen, 26, was believed to have become Europe’s first female suicide bomber when she let off her explosive vest at a flat in the suburb of Paris during a police raid on Wednesday morning.
But a police source has now revealed she is believed to have died because another member of her terrorist cell let off a bomb as armed officers attempted to storm the third floor property.
French born Ait Boulahcen is the cousin of the mastermind of the Paris terror attacks, Belgian-born Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
‘Hasna Ait Boulahcen, cousin of the suspected mastermind of the Paris attack, whose body was found in the rubble of the apartment in Saint Denis raided by police, was not killed in a suicide bombing,’ the police source explained.
Three people died in the assault – the Paris attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, his cousin Hasna Ait Boulahcen and a man who has not yet been identified.
Investigators believe that the third person, the unnamed man, let off his own suicide bomb which caused a massive explosion, not Ait Boulahcen as previously thought.
Police officers have described how Ait Boulahcen had called out to them shortly before the explosion, crying: ‘Help me, help me.’
Armed officers believed she had called out to lure them into a trap.
Asked to explain the misidentification, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said: ‘All I can tell you is that the kamikaze [suicide bomber] was not Hasna.’
Colleagues of Mr Molins said ‘more human parts’, a handbag and Ait Boulahcen’s French passport were also found in the rubble of the Saint Denis apartment block.