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Proud that son killed no one but himself: Paris bomber’s mother

The mother of one of the Paris attackers, who blew himself up outside France’s national stadium, says she is “proud” that her son killed no one but himself.

world Updated: Dec 28, 2015 19:10 IST
People stop to look at flowers, candles and messages in tribute to victims in front of the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, one of the sites of the deadly attacks in Paris. The mother of one of the attackers, who blew himself up outside France’s national stadium, says she is “proud” that her son killed no one but himself.
People stop to look at flowers, candles and messages in tribute to victims in front of the Comptoir Voltaire cafe, one of the sites of the deadly attacks in Paris. The mother of one of the attackers, who blew himself up outside France’s national stadium, says she is “proud” that her son killed no one but himself.(REUTERS)

The mother of one of the Paris attackers, who blew himself up outside France’s national stadium, says she is “proud” that her son killed no one but himself.

A woman identified as Fatima Hadfi late Sunday called Maghreb TV, a Belgian network with wide viewership among the country’s Moroccan community.

On-air, she said she had no idea her son, Bilal, was radicalized until he called from Syria - instead of from Morocco where had told her he was going to vacation.

She said Islamic extremists took advantage of her 20-year-old son after he grew disaffected by discrimination in Belgium. After the November 13 attacks, which left 130 dead and hundreds injured, she said she visited the site near the stadium where her son detonated a suicide vest.