Three women behind a foiled attack in Paris were guided by the Islamic State (ISIS) group from Syria, the city’s prosecutor said Friday, according to AFP.
“The terrorist organization uses not only women, but young women, who get to know them and develop their plot from a distance,” the prosecutor, Francois Molins, was quoted as having told a news conference.
Investigators have learned that one of the women was the fiancée of Larossi Abballa, who killed a senior police officer and his partner at their home in a Paris suburb in June before himself being shot dead, Molins said.
Abballa, who live-streamed the June attack on Facebook, referenced Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, an ISIS spokesman dubbed the group’s “attacks minister” by Western intelligence who was just this week killed in SYria.
The woman who planned the latest foiled attack, identified only as Sarah H., then became engaged to Adel Kermiche, one of two jihadists who killed an elderly priest in July near the northern city of Rouen and was also killed by police, the prosecutor said.
Kermiche tried twice to travel to Syria in 2015.
The brother of Sarah H.’s current boyfriend is in custody over his links with Abballa, who had sworn loyalty to ISIS three weeks before killing the police couple.