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Bikini Babe: The World’s Most Wanted Terrorist

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FOR years she plotted in plain sight in France, stripping down to a bikini for a candid beach photo, working in a grocery store and dining out with friends who had no clue about the murder in her heart.
On the morning of January 7, 2015, terrorists, armed with assault rifles and other weapons, forced their way into the officers of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and fired up to 50 shots, killing a total of 12 people, including a police officer gunned down as they tried to make their escape.


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Bikini Babe: The World’s Most Wanted Terrorist

Bikini Babe Terrorist

FOR years she plotted in plain sight in France, stripping down to a bikini for a candid beach photo, working in a grocery store and dining out with friends who had no clue about the murder in her heart.

The brazen Moslem fanatic even boasted to police about her terrorist crossbow training and refused to condemn al Qaeda, the monsters behind the 9/11 attacks.

But two days of horrific violence in Paris finally blew Hayat Boumeddiene’s cover, only for the authorities to realize too late that the so-called “Bikini Babe Terrorist” played a key role in masterminding the attacks by her husband and their two close friends.

Bikini Babe Terrorist

Bikini Babe Terrorist

Hayat Boumeddiene (left) pictured with her husband Amedy Coulibaly (right)

The World’s Most Wanted Woman

Now the world’s most wanted woman has dropped out of sight and there are growing fears that she may be in hiding in the United States, planning the most devastating ISIS atrocity yet by targeting innocent Americans where they feel safest …on their own soil.

Security experts believe Boumeddiene could have been smuggled into the US through the border between El Paso, Texas and the crime-infested Mexican city of Cuidad Juarez, where ISIS is known to have an active cell trading guns and other weapons to the drug cartels.

Hiding In Plain Sight

“It would be comparatively easy for her to be moved to bigger cities like Detroit, Chicago or New York where her movements would not be noticed,” said a former military source.

“She’s not immediately recognizable to the American public and would be wearing a veil. After Paris, ISIS is hungry for more bloodshed in the West; the big concern is that Boumeddiene is already here recruiting for another terror campaign against ‘soft’ targets.”

Je Suis Charlie

The key role the 26-year-old played in the Paris attacks only emerged as the dust settled after the cold-blooded coordinated campaign of killings in the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices and a kosher grocery store on January 7 and 8.

An Unclear Beginning

At first it seemed she was radicalized by the felon she went on to marry, Amedy Coulibaly, a repeat offender thug from Essonne, Ile-de-France, who spent much of his young life in and out of prison for armed robbery, theft and drug offences.

Now intelligence officials believe it was the other way around and it was Boumeddiene who turned her lover’s head with a heady mix of sex and fundamentalism.

It wasn’t a difficult sell. He had railed against authority all his life and she had a poor, unhappy upbringing.

Growing Up

Boumeddiene was born in 1988 on the wrong side of the tracks in Val-de-Marne, to the south of Paris, into an Algerian family of seven children. After her mother’s death when she was six, her deliveryman father, Mohamed, struggled as a single parent, ultimately putting her into care.

She met Coulibaly while working as a cashier in a local store and although he may have been drawn to Islamic fundamentalism during one of his many stints behind bars, it was Boumeddiene who took an increasingly hardline stance, ultimately being fired from her job in 2009 when she insisted on wearing the top-to-toe Islamic niqab.

A Dangerous Couple

On July 5 that same year the couple were married in an Islamic ceremony and lived in a small apartment in Bagneux, a poorer Parisian suburb.

They gave every impression of being a normal couple, going on vacation together to Malaysia and she took a trip to Mecca in 2013, bringing back gifts for her friends.

They kept their friends private for good reason. They were now in regular contact with an extremist band of Moslems – the Buttes-Chaumont network, named after a local park - looking to make a major propaganda coup in the name of Islamic extremism.

Brothers

Headshots released by French Police showing Said, left, and Cherif Kouachi (Photo: AFP)

Brothers

Among the group were two brothers intent on striking out at the western freedoms they saw as an insult to their uncompromising Islamic beliefs, Cherif and Said Kouachi.

Training At A Jihadist Camp

With the kind of connections she was making, Boumeddiene was bound to come to the attention of the authorities. She was interviewed by French anti-terror police in 2010 after training at a jihadist camp in the countryside with convicted terrorist Diamel Beghal, who was jailed for plotting to bomb the US Embassy in Paris.

Cherif Kouachi was there at the same time but the detectives’ questions didn’t faze Boumeddiene. She told police: “We went there for crossbow practice.”

Refusal

According to French security records, she was also asked about her reaction to al Qaeda terrorist acts and refused to condemn them. “What about the innocents killed by the Americans?” she told them – a key reason intelligence sources believe the US could be her next target.

On the morning of January 7, 2015, the Kouachi brothers, armed with assault rifles and other weapons, forced their way into the officers of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and fired up to 50 shots, killing a total of 12 people, including a police officer gunned down as they tried to make their escape.

Affiliation

A few hours later and a few miles across the city, Coulibaly shot a man out jogging near his home. The following day, he killed a policewoman and then stormed the Jewish supermarket at Port de Vincennes in east Paris, shooting dead four customers before being shot dead by police.

In a video left behind at a Paris home he rented a week before the attacks, Coulibaly described how he coordinated the attacks with the Kouachi brothers and announced his affiliation to the Islamic State. It had been edited to include portions of news reports on his attack on the kosher supermarket, indicating it was edited by someone else after he was killed.

Vanished

Vanished

As it gradually dawned on police just how instrumental Boumeddiene had been in the terror campaign, they quickly discovered she was no longer hiding in plain sight – she had vanished.

Gone

In the months before the Charlie Hebdo outrage, she had called Cherif Kouachi’s wife 500 times, presumably because the husband feared his phone was bugged. But Boumeddiene had no intention of staying around for the fireworks.

Coulibaly had driven her from Paris to Madrid, Spain, on December 31, 2014 and spent a couple of days with her until January 2 when she boarded a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, and drove to the southeastern city of Şanlıurfa, close to the Syrian border on January 4.

A Cold Trail

She’d even been watched by the Turkish intelligence agency after she aroused suspicions at the airport and they listened in on her phone calls, tracing her to Alcakale, a town even closer to the Syrian border, on January 8.

From there, the trail went cold. As her husband was shooting an innocent policewoman in Paris, using his wife’s car, Boumeddiene was crossing into ISIS-controlled Syria.

There have been no concrete sighting since, but few doubt the “Bikini Babe Terrorist” will be back.

A Terrorist Mastermind

“It’s no coincidence that she was the one who left France before the attacks,” said the security source. “She is too important as a terrorist mastermind to leave her to die with the others. There is really no telling where she will turn up next.

“Make no mistake, every intelligence surveillance asset the nation has is on strict orders to watch for any clue that may suggest that Hayat Boumeddiene is here in the United States.”