A police bomb disposal van arrives at the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, France, following the discovery of a suspect package, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Foiled Paris plot highlights new role of female extremistsLong cast in supporting roles in the shadow of their male counterparts, women are taking an increasingly active role in the organisation and execution of attacks by extremist groups. Anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins says the would-be attackers were guided by ISIS in Syria.Molins said the foiled plot showed a change in the role of women in extremist groups.While this marks the first time women have assumed the combatant role in France it is not a novel development for the likes of Syria and Iraq.Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which morphed into ISIS, has organized several suicide attacks carried out by female bombers.
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