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A screen shot shows Nabila, whose identity was mistaken.

Mistaken identity

Innocent woman’s photo used in stories about woman killed in Paris raid

By WITW Staff on November 24, 2015

After a woman was killed in an explosion during a police raid on a terrorist cell in Paris last week, multiple news outlets identified the suicide bomber as Hasna Aitboulahcen. But a photo of Hasna Aitboulahcen used in media coverage turned out to be of a different woman altogether — an innocent woman named Nabila. AJ+, Al Jazeera’s English all-digital news and current events channel, caught up with Nabila in Morocco. Nabila says her photos were sold to the journalist who published the original photo by a friend she had made while living in France. “I have no connection to Hasna or terrorism,” says Nabila. As a result of the case of mistaken identity, Nabila says, “Family that I haven’t seen in a while thought I was the one who died.” AJ+ apologized for being one of the outlets that featured a picture of Nabila, and hopes that this interview will help set the record straight.

Watch the video at AJ+ on Facebook and read the full story at The Huffington Post.