The sister of a woman who died in an anti-terrorism raid in Paris last week told NBC News on Monday that she believes her sibling was emotionally troubled and "manipulated" — not a hard-core terrorist.
Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, the daughter of a Moroccan immigrant, was killed Wednesday during a raid by Paris law enforcement on a suburban apartment building. Police initially said Aitboulahcen detonated a suicide vest as police stormed the apartment in the suburb of Saint-Denis, but they later said she was killed by another suspect's explosion, NBC News reported.
Speaking to NBC News in French via text message on Monday, Hasna's 25-year-old sister, Myriam Aitboulachen, revealed that she had tried to "protect her from herself."
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"She did not grow up in a stable home. She was not happy in her life," said Myriam, who noted that she had last spoken to her sister at the beginning of November.
"Most often it was she who contacted me when she went wrong," said Myriam. "She was sad in her life."