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Third body confirmed as terror plotter's cousin

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Third body confirmed as terror plotter's cousin
Forensic teams enter the building where Wednesday's raid took place. Photo: AFP
12:55 CET+01:00
The third body found in the rubble of an apartment where the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed has been confirmed as his female cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen.

A third body found after a massive police raid that killed Paris attack ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud has been identified as his female cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen, prosecutors said Friday.

Investigators had found the 26-year-old's passport at the scene of the raid, and she was formally identified through her fingerprints.

Elite police launched a massive assault on the apartment on Wednesday as part of the manhunt for suspects linked to the killing of 129 people in Paris attacks.
 
During a violent exchange of gunfire, one of the people inside the apartment detonated an explosives vest.
 
After the raid the body of the suicide bomber was found, as was the bullet-riddled corpse of the man suspected of orchestrating the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
 
The apartment was severely damaged in the raid and police have now uncovered a third body, a woman, in the rubble.
 
The identity of the final body was not disclosed by the prosecutors, but The Local was told that it was "in all likelihood" a man.
 
Police on Thursday raided the home of Boulahcen's mother as it emerged the 26-year-old woman had transformed from a party girl who liked wearing cowboy hats to a radical Islamist who adopted the full-faced veil six months ago.
 
"She was unstable, she created her own bubble. She wasn't looking to study religion, I have never even seen her open a Koran," her brother told AFP.
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