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France's most wanted woman 'is in Syria': reports

Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of Amedy Coulibaly who killed 4 hostages at a supermarket in Paris, is believed to be in Syria since January 2

10.01.2015 - Update : 10.01.2015
France's most wanted woman 'is in Syria': reports


Hayat Boumeddiene, dubbed as France’s most wanted woman, is in Syria and went there before this week’s deadly attacks, French media report.

Reports in French dailies Le Monde, Le Figaro and other French media said on the Saturday that Boumeddiene, wife of Amedy Coulibaly, who had killed 4 hostages at a supermarket in Paris, has been in Syria since January 2.

Quoting police forces, media cited that Boumeddiene, wanted by French authorities for being an accomplice in recent attacks that left 17 people dead, left French soil on the second of January, and through Madrid and Istanbul, arrived in Syria on the 8th.

French Interior Ministry spokesperson Pierre Henry Brandet's office didn't answer phone calls for more detail.

Three suspected gunmen, involved in the worst terror attacks France saw in decades, were killed Friday, according to authorities.

“Said Kouachi, 34, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Amedy Coulibaly, 32 were killed in the two operations," Paris Prosecutor Francois Mollins told a press conference in the city Friday.

According to the French daily Le Monde, Prosecutor Mollins said Boumeddiene was only 26 and once worked as a cashier. She is suspected of helping plan the deadly attacks in the country.

The Paris prosecutor confirmed media reports that the brothers and Coulibaly were associates, and said an examination of telephone conversations of the suspects revealed that Cherif’s wife, Izzana Hamyd, made more than 500 calls in 2014 to Boumeddiene.

Mollins said the figure demonstrated “consistent and sustained ties between the two couples."

Le Monde also said police records showed that "the wives of the three gunmen frequently exchanged visits during 2010."

Police on Friday published photos of Coulibaly and Boumediene in connection with the killing of 27-year-old police officer Clarissa Jean-Philipp in Montrouge a day earlier.

Boumeddiene then was described as "armed and dangerous."

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