5 female jihadists who planned to blow up Notre Dame jailed for up to 30 years
A terror cell of five female Muslim terrorists all converts to Islam was jailed for up to 30 years for a failed plot to carry out a car bomb massacre outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris three years ago.
The five Muslimas, aged between 22 and 44, were arrested after a car packed with gas cylinders was found parked in front of the cathedral on November 4, 2016.
The two main terrorists, Ines Madani and Ornella Gilligmann, had doused the car with diesel in the middle of the night and tried but failed to set it alight with a cigarette.
They were sentenced to 30 years and 25 years in prison respectively.
The women-terrorists are believed to have been acting on the orders of Rachid Kassim, a French ISIS propagandist who ordered the abhorrent murder of a French police couple at their home in June 2016.
Kassim is believed to have been eliminated in an airstrike near the Iraqi city of Mosul in February 2017.
Madani, 22, was arrested a few days after the failed terror attack in a Paris suburb along with two other Muslim terrorists, Sarah Hervouet and Amel Sakaou, who were each sentenced to 20 years.
The three burst out of the apartment to which they had been tracked down by police, brandishing knives. Hervouet stabbed an officer in the shoulder, while Madani was shot in the leg.
Gilligmann was arrested in southern France. A fifth Muslima terrorist, Samia Chalel, was also tried for helping hide Madani. She was sentenced to five years in prison.