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Video: Moment female suicide bomber blew herself up as terror police moved in during Saint-Denis siege

Adam Cullen and online editors

Published 20/11/2015 | 08:30

The dramatic footage from Saint-Denis
The dramatic footage from Saint-Denis
The dramatic footage from Saint-Denis

This is the moment that Europe’s first suicide bomber, Hasna Aitboulahcen blew herself to pieces as she screamed at the armed police who stormed the flat where she was holed up with six fellow Islamic State terrorists in Saint-Denis on Wednesday morning.

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The dramatic footage features Hasna Aitboulahcen screaming ‘he's not my boyfriend' at police, just seconds before she detonated the bomb which blew her up.

This morning it emerged that a third body has been found at the scene of the Paris suburb raid linked to last Friday's attacks, say French prosecutors.

A passport with the name of Hasna Aitboulahcen was found at the scene of the Saint-Denis this morning.

Yesterday it was revealed that the velocity of the explosion was so brutal the bomber's head landed on the pavement amid rubble and shattered glass.

The boss of RAID Jean-Michel Fauvergue has said the woman jumped in the air "hoping that the force of the explosion would affect us [police]" on the street below.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud
Abdelhamid Abaaoud

"Then we saw a human body, a woman's head through the window and landed on the sidewalk street side,” added Mr Fauvergue.

The daring early morning siege saw police in a brutal seven-hour shootout and exchanging grenade fire with the terror cell believed to be linked with Fridays atrocities in the French capital. 

Investigating police officers are pictured outside Saint Denis
Investigating police officers are pictured outside Saint Denis

RAID members say they "tiptoed" to the third-floor where they found a security door blocking the apartment.

Mr Fauvergue said his team knew almost nothing about the apartment only the address and that "three people," including "a woman" may be present inside.

People work inside the damaged building of Wednesday's raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
People work inside the damaged building of Wednesday's raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis

"We have chosen to open the armored door with explosives to take advantage of the stunning effect. It did not. The door resisted, and we lost our element of surprise ", he explained to French media.

"We lost the element of surprise which to us was our most important weapon. We knew there were probably people equipped with weapons of war, so this was important", he added.

He said the explosion had caused load bearing walls in the building to collapse and that a terror suspect had made an attempt to hide under rubble before detection.

Hasna Aitboulahcen, (26) was the cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind behind Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris and the main target of Wednesday's operation.

Minutes before her death, Aitboulahcen was seen making a telephone call, possibly to alert accomplices who were still in the area. Aitboulahcen, 26, was the cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind behind Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris and the main target of Wednesday's operation.

In the clip, which was first broadcast on ABC News, the anti-terror police can be seen creeping around the side of the apartment block in Saint-Denis

All through the 49 second clip, the clipped sound of gunfire can be heard.

Shouting is heard from inside the apartment before the huge explosion blows out the top half of the apartment.

More details on the life of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, (26) the cousin of Paris massacre ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, have also emerged.

To her friends and neighbours she was bubbly and outgoing, if a bit “clueless”.

The other terrorist killed in the siege was thought to be her cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of last Friday’s attacks in Paris which left 129 dead.

Stephane Colas, 41, who lives near the Rue de la Republique, said: "I was woken at about 5am by a police helicopter going round and round," he said. "I went outside to see what was happening and the police were going house to house. They were saying 'evacuate, evacuate'."

At one stage Aitboulahcen appeared at a window, shouting "help me, help me", perhaps to lure the police in. She was told that if she did not stay where she was, she would be shot, but went back inside.

At around 6am, police began a fresh assault. Their targets were ready for them, wearing their suicide vests. Aitboulahcen was the first to open fire during the fresh exchange, using a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

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