“Not a suicide bomber,” the woman whose head was found outside the apartment house after a bomb went off in Wednesday’s raid in Saint-Denis was not the one wearing the bomb. Hasna Ait Boulahcen has been seen in photos and talked about in the headlines since she blew up on Wednesday because she was thought to be the suicide bomber.
This woman did not fit the description of a person who would do this. She didn’t fit the profile of someone who would strap on a bomb and blow herself up. She rose to fame in the headlines as “Europe’s first female suicide bomber.” That title fell to the wayside as investigators uncovered the real person wearing the bombs on a vest.
According to the BBC News on November 20, the suicide bomber in that raid was a man, not Hasna as originally reported. That bomb blew these terrorists to shreds and it wasn’t until today that they discovered a third body in the debris, but just like Hasna’s body, this one was in pieces too. So what was Hasna doing there and why did she put herself in harm’s way?
People who knew Hasna could not believe that she was part of this terrorist group, but they did say she lived life on the edge. She was described as a “selfie-taking party animal” in headlines today. The 26-year-old woman shocked all who knew her when it was reported that she was blown up in Wednesday’s raid.
It sounds as if she was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time because when the bomb-wearing man let it rip, it blew this party girl to kingdom come! It also sounds as if she was easily led and acted almost like a chameleon, who changed just to blend in with her surroundings.
The picture circulating of her dressed up and posing as a terrorist was something she started within the last year, according to those who knew her well. She started to wear a hijab after the Charlie Hebdo massacre and she posted a picture of herself in that headdress on Facebook, which is seen above.
Hasna was heard yelling on the video, which was taken of the raid before the bomb went off , “Help me, help me, I am on fire,” reports The Independent News. This was just a ploy to draw police near and they did not fall for it. If they had heeded her call, they too would have been in harm’s way when that bomb exploded.
The Independent reports that after the bomb went off, her body parts were found “across the road” in front of the apartment house that was raided. She had to have known that this was a very possible outcome before hooking up with this terrorist group.
These were not people this woman should have bonded with because she paid for it with her life. Apparently she had some inkling as to who her new cronies were after posing like one of the terrorists and then posting the picture to social media.
As far as Hasna not being a suicide bomber, this “may prove irrelevant in the long run, experts say,” according to the New York Times. Katherine Brown, who is a lecturer in the Defense Studies department of King’s College London and who specializes in female Muslim violence, said that Hasna’s fame may not wane. “She is a martyr in their eyes. The Islamic State is unlikely to pass up this opportunity to exploit her dramatic death,” she said.