2016 Notre-Dame de Paris bombing attempt

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In early September 2016, ISIL-related terrorists attempted to bomb the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. A car containing 7 canisters of gas and pages with Arabic writing was found parked near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.[1][2]

French authorities connected the attempted bombing to the 2016 Normandy church attack and the 2016 Magnanville stabbing of French police.[3]

Inès Madani, accused of leading the bomb attempt, posed as a man under the name name "Abu Omar" on social media to recruit jihadis to join her in attacking Notre Dame, and successfully recruited Ornella Gilligmann, a mother of 3. According to Gillingmann, she then stopped hearing form "Abu Omar," but was contacted by Madani.[4]

Police also arrested Amel Sakaou (39) and Sarah Hervouët (23).[5] All three women were armed with knives.[6] During the arrest, Hervouët, who was "completely veiled,[7]" stabbed a policeman.[8] Hervouët converted to Islam a few months before traveling to Syria in 2015,[9] and was betrothed to Adel Kermiche,[10] one of the terrorists of the Normandy church attack. One of the arrested women was found to have a letter professing allegiance to the Islamic State.[11]

Two men said to be connected with ISIL propagandist, Rachid Kassim were also arrested in the plot.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Hinnant, Lori (7 September 2016). "Gas Containers Found Near Notre Dame". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. ^ Samuel, Henry (8 September 2016). "Gas tanks and Arabic documents found in unmarked car by Paris' Notre Dame cathedral spark terror fears". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  3. ^ Adamson, Thomas (9 September 2016). "Prosecutor: Failed Paris car bomb plotted by IS-guided women". Washington Post. AP. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b Chazan, David (17 September 2016). "Paris female jihadist posed as man to recruit other women, as city remains on high alert". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  5. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-13/three-french-women-charged-over-terror-plots/7838272
  6. ^ Seelow, Soren (11 October 2016). "Terrorisme : Sarah Hervouët, 23 ans, aspirante au martyre". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 11 October 2016. Les trois femmes, chacune armée d’un couteau, ont aussitôt été maîtrisées
  7. ^ "Qui est Sarah Hervouët, la Varoise qui préparait un attentat". Var-Matin (in French). 13 September 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. Lors du coup de filet, la jeune femme "entièrement voilée" avait donné un coup de couteau dans l’épaule d’un policier.
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37344788
  9. ^ "Qui est Sarah Hervouët, la Varoise qui préparait un attentat". Var-Matin (in French). Retrieved 11 October 2016. Alors domiciliée à Sainte-Maxime, la jeune femme s'était convertie à l'islam quelques mois auparavant.
  10. ^ ALISSA J. RUBIN; AURELIEN BREEDEN. "Women's Emergence as Terrorists in France Points to Shift in ISIS Gender Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2016. Ms. Hervouët is a convert to Islam, and she, too, wanted to go to Syria, Mr. Molins said. She left for Syria in March last year, but never got there because the Turkish authorities turned her back. Mr. Molins said that she had been betrothed first to the man who killed a police captain and his companion in June in Magnanville near Paris and then to Adel Kermiche
  11. ^ http://news.sky.com/story/three-women-charged-over-notre-dame-cathedral-gas-canister-plot-10576221