Meet Cowgirl Hasna, Paris Female Suicide Bomber Who Loves Alcohol & Sex

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Nov 20 2015
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After hours of waiting, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the bloody Paris terrorist attacks last Friday is confirmed dead. He was killed in a six-hour gun battle with police when French sniper hit his head and then blown to pieces by grenades during the raid in the suburb of Saint-Denis. Now we know why it took so long for authorities to confirm his identity.

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Paris Saint-Denis RAID - Paris Attacks Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud - Blown to Pieces

His body was so unrecognisable it has taken more than 24 hours for forensic tests to confirm his death using DNA from his saliva and pieces of skin. But in a battle which saw a whopping 5,000 rounds of ammunition fired by more than 100 armed officers and grenades being lobbed as if they were hamburgers, it would be hard to have his dead body in one piece.


Sadly, Diesel – a French Special Force RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, and Deterrence) Belgian Shepherd Dog – was killed in the Saint-Denis operation after being sent in to explore the area. Almost instantly, the 7-year-old police dog became a celebrity with #RIPDiesel and #JeSuisChien trending. But besides Diesel, the attention was on a suicide bomber.

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Her name is Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, allegedly cousin to 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud and a daughter of a Moroccan immigrant. Her actual relationship to Abdelhamid has not been confirmed by French authorities but it doesn’t look like she was the Paris attacks’ boyfriend, or at least she pretended not to be one.


In an audio recording of the Saint-Denis raid an officer can be heard shouting, “Where is your boyfriend?” The woman, presumably Ms Hasna, replied – “He’s not my boyfriend.” Then, there were gunshots, explosions and more gunshots. She then screamed “Help me, help me!” at officers, perhaps trying to lure the police in, before detonated an explosive vest.

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Her head was sent flying out of a window and her spine landed on a police car, making her as the first Europe’s female suicide bomber. Surprisingly, it turns out that Hasna was not a typical Islam fanatic who prayed 5-times a day and a God-fearing woman. Born in Clichy-la-Garenne, a suburb near Saint-Denis, in 1989, she had a sister and two brothers.


Like her allegedly cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was seen drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis outside his flat in Saint-Denis on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the attacks, Hasna had been consuming alcohol for as long as she could remember. In fact, she had such a bad reputation that her best friends were alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and sex, as her family and witnesses reveal.

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Her brother Youssouf AitBoulahcen revealed that she had no interest in religion, never read the Quran / Koran and had only started wearing a Muslim veil a month ago. He added – “She spent her time criticising everything. She was living in her own world. She was permanently on her phone, looking at Facebook or WhatsApp.”


In her Facebook page, she can be seen wearing a niqab/hijab and brandishing firearms. She also wrote messages praising Hayat Boumeddienne – the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, who took part in the attack on the Jewish supermarket killer in Paris last January – and fled to Syria. After trying unsuccessfully to travel to Syria to join ISIS she “offered her services to commit terrorist attacks in France.”

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Paris Saint-Denis RAID - Hasna Aitboulahcen Suicide Bomber - Cowgirl Hat and Makeup

Local resident Amin Abou, 26, described her as “a party animal who loved clubbing.” Mr. Amin added – “She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys. She had lots of boyfriends.” She had an appearance of a Caucasian with long blonde hair during the raid at her third-storey apartment.


It was reported that her parents had separated when she was young and she had been brought up by foster families, not to mention that she had been mistreated as a child and had even renounced Islam. She wore Western clothes and was nicknamed “the cowgirl” due to her love of wearing big cowboy hats.

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Her friends confirmed that she didn’t go to mosque or pray; never spoke about news or Palestine issues, a fun-loving party girl but a bit “clueless” and “confused”, and a “Tom boy” who always dressed in jeans and trainers, and a person who had a lot of personal problems especially with her family. However, all that changed about 8-month ago when she started wearing “Niqap / Hijab”.


Most likely she had been influenced by her cousin. There are two kinds of women that ISIS is going after. Firstly – very young Muslim girls who are straight-A students and very high-achieving. Secondly – much older women who have a past, who were convinced that by joining the group, they can reinvent themselves and be a good girl.

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Paris Saint-Denis RAID - Hasna Aitboulahcen Suicide Bomber - Wearing Pink Hijab

Interestingly, Hasna Aitboulahcen had been under police surveillance primarily because her name came up in a drug-trafficking case, not terrorism, as a police union official told Associated Press. Authorities had tapped her phone at the time of the raid. Their target, however, was Abaaoud but what they found was a “new team of terrorists” preparing to launch another wave of attacks.


Police found a cache of weapons and explosives inside their apartment after the gunfight, and a set of plans which prompted Paris prosecutor Francois Molins to declare: “A new team of terrorists was neutralised.” However, it was the Moroccan intelligence services that identified Aitboulahcen as being involved in the Paris attacks, leading police to the flat where she was holed up with her fellow terrorists.

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So, the next time your rebellious daughter suddenly turned for the better, wearing niqab/hijab and looks like a religious obedient kid, it pays to be extra cautious because there’s always the element of surprise – she could have been radicalized by someone you least expected.


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