Five French Women on Trial in Paris for Car Bomb Plot

(BBC News) Five French women have gone on trial in Paris for trying to detonate a car bomb near Notre Dame cathedral in September 2016. Five gas canisters in the vehicle, which had been doused in diesel fuel, failed to explode when a cigarette was thrown at them. The defendants are all Muslim converts. A defense lawyer said the women had been brainwashed on the Internet. The women planned the attack on the instructions of Rashid Kassim, an ISIS handler, who is thought to have been killed in a drone strike in Iraq in 2017. They are believed to have been planning other attacks in the Paris area.

2019-09-24 00:00:00

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