Woman who led police to Paris attacker's hideout warned of 90 more jihadists in city

The woman claimed France has abandoned her after promising her protection and a new identity

A woman who helped lead police to the hideout of the Paris attacks ringleader has told how he warned there were 90 more jihadists across the French capital.

She said she met Abdelhamid Abaaoud after the attacks at the Bataclan, Stade de France and a series of bars and restaurants that killed 130 innocent people.

The woman, whose name was changed to Sonia for a French radio interview, said Abaaoud boasted about carrying out the attacks and said he had entered France without official documents as part of a large group of jihadists.

Abaaoud said there were around 90 extremists in and around Paris - including Syrians, Iraqis, British, French and German citizens.

Sonia met the Islamic State (IS) killer with her friend Hasna Ait Boulahcen - Abaaoud's cousin - two days after the carnage, when Boulahcen got a call from a Belgian number telling her to pick up someone from an industrial estate in Aubervilliers.

Sonia said Abaaoud told his cousin he and an accomplice planned to attack a commercial centre, police station and nursery in the La Defense business district, to the west of Paris.

Sonia told RMC: "She told me they were going to do it on Thursday and I said to myself I have to stop them."

She dialled the emergency number that had been set up by the Ministry of Interior after the attacks and told authorities that Abaaoud was hiding in a Saint-Denis apartment.

On the Wednesday morning police commando units moved in and Abaaoud and Boulahcen were killed in a firefight, while Abaaoud's accomplice blew himself up.

Sonia said she lives in fear of being targeted by Islamic State sympathisers and claimed France has abandoned her after promising her protection and a new identity.

She lived from hotel to hotel in the days after the attacks until a new lodging was found.

After being put under pressure France's Ministry of Interior granted her financial aid, but she is still waiting for a new identity card and social security number and says she needs psychological support to help her adjust to a new life.