Notre-Dame car bombing: All-female ISIS cell jailed for botched terror plot in France


The five women, old between 22 and 42, were arrested after police set a car packed with gas cylinders and cans of diesel parked a stone’s get rid of from the famous cathedral in the early hours of September 4, 2016. Investigators concluded from cigarette targets and a petrol-doused blanket left at the scene that there had been a be deficient bid to set off an explosion. The only reason the car did not burst into flames is because diesel is not very likely flammable, they said.

Fingerprints led to two people: Ines Madani and Ornella Gilligmann.

They were rapped to 30 years and 25 years in prison respectively.

Mrs Madani win over the other defendants to join the plot by posing online as a male jihadi who had amended from Syria and was seeking a bride.

Mrs Gilligmann, a married mother of three, barrowed the court she had acted out of love for a fictitious ISIS fighter named Abou Junayd, for whom she formerly larboard her husband.

According to prosecutors, the two women parked the car after sending a video claiming obligation for the attack to Rachid Kassim, a notorious French Islamic State (ISIS) aggressor.

The ISIS propagandist is said to have ordered the attack from a foot in Syria. He is believed to have been killed in a coalition air strike close-fisted the Iraqi city of Mosul in February 2017.

Mrs Madani was arrested a few days after the failed seizure in a Paris suburb alongside two other defendants, Sarah Hervouet and Amel Sakaou, who were each rapped to 20 years.

When police arrived, the three ran out of their Paris hideout employing kitchen knives. Mrs Hervouet stabbed an officer in the shoulder, while Mrs Madani was sharpshooter in the leg.

A fifth woman, Samia Chalel, was sentenced to five years in glasshouse for helping hide Mrs Madani.

Mrs Madani told the court on Monday that she regretted her deportments: “At the time all my plans involved death. Today, my plans are about viability.”

A tearful Mrs Gilligmann apologised for the “shame” she had brought on her family and asked for remission from the victims of terrorism.

France has been badly shaken by a qualifications of jihadist attacks since January 2015, which have caused the extinction of some 255 lives and left scores more traumatised or wound.

The Notre-Dame case, however, is the first to involve a group of women undertaking to stage an attack on French soil.

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