The woman found dead after the police assault on an apartment building in Paris that targeted the suspected ringleader of last Friday’s attacks did not kill herself, according to AFP.
Prosecutors originally believed Hasna Aitboulahcen detonated a suicide vest during the raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday.
However, a police source revealed to the news agency that a man detonated the vest while Aitboulahcen was stood nearby.
A number of body parts, including Aitboulahcen's head, were blown down the street in the blast, while part of her spine landed on a police car.
Aitboulahcen's nicknamed was 'The Cowgirl,' according to Mail. Born in Paris, she was an extrovert who partied and drank alcohol before turning to religion.
Sky News reported earlier this week that a French official said one of the officers had yelled to Aitboulahcen: "Where is your boyfriend?" She responded: “He’s not my boyfriend,” following by an explosion.
Aitboulahcen's cousin Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the ringleader of the attacks, was also killed during an hour-long firefight, in which 5,000 rounds of ammunition were fired. Eight people were subsequently arrested.