Europe’s first female suicide bomber … a ‘booze-loving extrovert’ called ‘The Cowgirl’?

UPDATE 11/20, from Fox News:

The woman found dead after a police assault targeting the suspected ringleader of the Paris terror attacks didn’t blow herself up with a suicide vest, according to a police source.

Prosecutors had previously said that 26-year-old Hasna Aitboulahcen, believed to be the cousin of alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, detonated an explosive vest during the early morning raid in Paris on Wednesday.

The police source said that was not the case and the suicide bomber was a man, not a woman.


It would appear that the demise of “Europe’s first female suicide bomber” was not confirmed by the authorities before it was reported.

Hasna Ait Boulahcen, 26, was reported to be the continent’s first female suicide bomber after international media said that she blew herself up just before a fierce gun battle in Saint Denis between Islamic jihadists and French police.

According to the Daily Mail, Boulahcen’s “head and spine flew through a window” when she detonated the explosives she was wearing — the terrorist tried, unsuccessfully, to lure police closer by screaming, “Help me, help me!”

This is the first picture of Boulahcen, seen displaying what would appear to be peace signs:

Hasna Ait Boulahcen
Photo Source Daily Mail

In addition to Boulahcen’s death, her cousin, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the Paris bombings, was also killed in the Saint Denis raid.

As for how devout she was as a Muslim, the Mail noted that Boulahcen was a “booze-loving extrovert” — drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited in Islam.

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Boulahcen, 26, “was an ‘extrovert’ who drank alcohol and was nicknamed ‘the cowgirl’ due to her love of wearing big cowboy hats,” the British publication reported.

Cowboy hats that are in need of a new crown to rest upon.

This is how Daily Mail illustrated the events:



NOTE: This story has been changed after publication to reflect official news released by authorities which conflicts with the original media reports. 

Tom Tillison


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