Moroccan woman mistaken for Paris jihadi: I live in continuous fear

Moroccan Nabila Bakkatha, left, was mistaken for jihadi Hasna Ait Boulahcen

Story highlights

  • Two photos of Nabila Bakkatha were published in newspapers identifying her as a jihadi
  • Bakkatha: A former friend sold the photos to a journalist after the Paris attacks "in revenge"
  • "I cannot go out anymore as I live in continuous fear," says Bakkatha

(CNN)Nabila Bakkatha was surprised to find photos of her published in a number of international newspapers last week.

What surprised her even more was the name in the captions: Hasna Ait Boulahcen, the jihadi woman killed in a Paris raid last week.
    In an interview, Bakkatha who's from the central Moroccan city of Beni Mellal, told CNN that a former friend sold photographs of her to a journalist, taking advantage of similarities in her looks to Ait Boulahcen.
    There had been a long history of problems in their relationship, Bakkatha added.
    Two photographs mistakenly naming her Ait Boulahcen appeared in newspapers: one of them shows her in a bathtub, and the other shows her with her family.
    "I have never posted any photograph of me in a bath tub (on social media)," Bakkatha said.
    Photos of Nabila Bakkatha
    She showed CNN some more of photographs of herself, adding: "Look at these photos, similarities in looks with her are so minimal. Whoever compares our pictures will spot the differences and that we don't look like each other at all."

    Old friend with a grudge

    In 1998, at the age of 15, Bakkatha moved to a small town in northern France. She headed back to Morocco in 2007 after receiving a diploma in fashion design.
    The two photographs date back to that time and were snapped, she says, by a French friend of Moroccan origin.
    Later on, the relationship between the two women worsened -- and they cut off contact entirely after Bakkatha returned to Morocco.