Didn’t blow herself up: Not Suicide Bomber

Published: November 21, 2015

Didn’t blow herself up: Not Suicide Bomber, French officials say the cousin of the presumed ringleader of last week’s Paris attacks did not blow herself up in a police raid as previously thought.

They say the suicide bomber was a man, not Hasna Ait Boulahcen, who also died in Wednesday’s raid in Saint-Denis.

Her cousin, alleged ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was also killed. A third body was also found.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to “redouble” action against Islamic State.

The unanimously backed resolution – which was drafted by France – also called on members to “take all necessary measures” and co-ordinate efforts in the fight against IS, which claimed responsibility for the 13 November attacks in Paris.

In a separate development, French prosecutors said that a second suicide bomber from the Stade de France attack passed through Greece on his way to France.

The prosecutors had previously said one of the other attackers had come on the same route, via the Greek island of Leros. The men may have been posing as Syrian refugees.

Meanwhile, Belgian authorities announced that a suspect had been charged with involvement in the attacks, bringing the number of people charged there to three.

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that the death toll from the attacks a week ago by suicide bombers and gunmen had risen to 130 people.

Media captionKhemissa: “I don’t think [Hasna Ait Boulahcen] had the intention to be a suicide bomber. She was influenced. She was vulnerable.”
Hundreds of people were wounded in the near-simultaneous attacks on Paris bars and restaurants, a concert hall and sports stadium.

Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attacks – the worst in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Parisians have been gathering to mark a week since the attacks took place
Image copyright AFP Image caption The tone among some of those gathered was one of defiant celebration
Demonstrations have been banned under France’s state of emergency, but dozens of French artists and cultural figures have urged people to make a lot of “noise and light”, by turning on music and lights, at 21:20 (20:20 GMT) on Friday to mark the exact time a week ago that the attacks began.

People have gathered at the sites of the attacks to commemorate the victims, as well as the Place de la Republique square, which is close to some of the bars and restaurants that were attacked and has become a focal point of remembrance.


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