Fe­male ter­ror­ists jailed over plot to bomb Notre-Dame Cathe­dral

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Two mem­bers of a fe­male ter­ror­ist cell were sen­tenced to at least 25 years in prison for plot­ting to det­o­nate a car bomb out­side Notre-Dame Cathe­dral in Paris.

Ines Madani, 22, and Or­nella Gil­lig­mann, 32, were jailed for 30 years and 25 years re­spec­tively along­side three other women on Mon­day for their part in the at­tempted bomb­ing in Septem­ber 2016.

Madani and Gil­lig­mann doused a Peu­geot 607 – packed with six gas cylin­ders – with diesel and tried to set it on fire with a ci­garette.

Their plot was foiled when they failed to ig­nite the fuel be­cause they used diesel rather than petrol. The ve­hi­cle was later dis­cov­ered by po­lice.

The women were be­lieved to have been act­ing on the or­ders of Rachid Kas­sim, a for­mer youth worker and failed rap­per from pro­vin­cial France who later be­came an ISIS re­cruiter.

Kas­sim, who is be­lieved to have been killed in a US strike in Mo­sul in 2017, was tried in his ab­sence and sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

Madani was ar­rested along with two other de­fen­dants Sarah Her­vouet, 26, and Amel Sakaou, 42, af­ter be­ing tracked down by po­lice to a Paris apart­ment a few days af­ter the failed at­tack.

Her­vouet, who was sen­tenced to 20 years in jail along with Sakaou, stabbed a po­lice of­fi­cer as the three at­tempted to es­cape. Madani was shot in the leg.

Another woman, Samia Chalel, 26, was sen­tenced to five years in prison for try­ing to help hide Madani.

Gil­lig­mann, who claimed dur­ing the trial that she was lured into the plot by Madani, was ar­rested in south­ern France.

The court heard how Madani posed as a male ISIS fighter on­line to try to re­cruit women to the ex­trem­ist group.

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Gil­lig­mann, a mar­ried mother-ofthree, said she had acted out of love for a fic­ti­tious ISIS fighter Abou Ju­nayd.

Madani, whom the court heard was rad­i­calised af­ter be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted as a teenager, said she re­gret­ted her role in the bomb plot.

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