Paris bomber's mom 'proud' he only killed himself

Mother of youngest ISIS suicide bomber says she's happy he was the only attacker to fail to kill anyone else.

Ari Soffer,

Police with victim outside Bataclan Theater in Paris
Police with victim outside Bataclan Theater in Paris
Reuters

The mother of Bilal Hadfi, the youngest of the Islamist terrorists who staged the deadly Paris attacks on November 13, has said she is "proud" that her son did not kill anyone else when he blew himself up outside a soccer stadium.

In an interview Sunday with Belgium's Maghreb TV - which is popular among immigrants from North Africa - Fatima Hadfi said she had visited the site outside the Stade de France stadium where her son detonated his explosive vest, according to the Associated Press.

He was one of three suicide bombers who launched the attack on the stadium during a Germany-France friendly match, which was attended among others by French President Francois Hollande. However, while the explosions terrified people inside, the bombers only succeeded in killing one other person, after they were prevented from entering by security.

In the same interview, his mother claimed she had no idea he had even been radicalized until she received a phone call from him from Syria. She said Bilal had led her to believe he was going to Morocco for a vacation, and lamented that she had not paid close enough attention to her son.

Fatima blamed extremists for recruiting her 20-year-old son by taking advantage of his sense of discrimination in Belgium.

The six coordinated attacks by three teams of ISIS terrorists killed more than 130 people in total, and left many more seriously injured.




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