Menu
News

Paris female suicide bomber 'loved to drink and party'

Hasna Ait Boulahcen is Europe's first female suicide bomber. Photo / Supplied
Hasna Ait Boulahcen is Europe's first female suicide bomber. Photo / Supplied

FRIENDS and family of the female jihadi who detonated her suicide vest during the police raids in Paris have revealed she wasn't religious and loved to drink and party.

Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, became Europe's first female suicide bomber during the siege of Saint-Denis where she died alongside her cousin, suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Aitboulahcen is believed to have detonated a suicide vest in the building after a brief conversation with police officers.

An official confirmed an audio recording, punctuated by gunshots, in which an officer asks: "Where is your boyfriend?" and she responds angrily: "He's not my boyfriend!" Then loud bangs are heard.

According to the Daily Mail Aitboulahcen's brother Youssouf Aitboulahcen has revealed his sister had no interest in religion, never read the Koran and only started wearing a Muslim veil a month ago.


Her brother, who had barely spoken to his sister in five years, released a statement saying she was "living in her own world".

"She was not interested in studying her religion. I never saw her open the Koran. She was permanently on her phone, looking at Facebook or WhatsApp."

READ MORE: It's official: Paris attacks 'mastermind' killed in raids

He said on the rare occasions they spoke he told her to "behave better" and "have a better attitude".

"On Sunday at 7pm she called me because I had called her - and she sounded like she had given up on life."

Youssouf said he rushed over to where she was living to check on her but got no answer.

"She called me and I put the phone down on her after telling her not to call me any more after the inconvenience she had caused me, getting me to come over for nothing.

"Finally on Wednesday morning I turned on the TV and I learned that she had killed herself, sacrificing the life that the Lord had given."

Youssouf has painted a picture of his sister's life saying she never received the love she needed and had been a victim of violence since she was young. He said she grew up in foster homes and as she got older she went off the rails.

Neighbours of the Aitboulahcen family say she has been there three weeks ago.

They said she had a bubbly personality and was outgoing but "a bit clueless".

Another neighbor has described his shock at seeing her face on the news.

"I can't believe she's part of this sect. When I heard it I felt sick. She was like all young girls - it was who she was hanging out with."

Another said: "She did not look like a suicide bomber and she drank alcohol."

A local resident of Creutzwald, Moselle, where Aitboulahcen's father lived said she would regularly visit and was a "party animal who loved clubbing".

Amin Abou said she had no real friends and lots of family issues.

"She grew up in Saint-Denis a very bad area. And when you don't have family - it's easier to get into bad things."

Topics:  paris attacks suicide bomber terrorism


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Whitsundays wins at Australian Tourism Awards

Ocean Rafting takes the gold in the Major Tour and Transport Operator category at the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards.

Best in the tourism business, Whitsundays wins gold .

Airlie Beach PO boxes on the move to Jubilee Pocket

Airlie Beach post office boxes situated at the Whitsunday Shopping Centre will move to Jubilee Pocket.

Cannonvale PO boxes on the move to Jubilee Pocket.

Sharks, sharks and more sharks

DOUBLE HOOK-UP: Japanese fishing guru Takuma Hata reels in the big barra at Lake Proserpine at the weekend with ABT champion angler Craig Griffiths.

Sharks, sharks and more sharks.

Local Partners