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Paris violence suspect in Syria: Turkish source

Iran Press TV

Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:39PM

A woman suspected of having a role in recent bloodshed in Paris, has reportedly entered Turkey before the violence and is believed to have moved to Syria, security sources say.

'She entered Turkey on January 2,' said a Turkish security source, who asked not to be named, referring to a 26-year-old girl, identified as Hayat Boumeddiene.

Boumeddiene is suspected of involvement in the deadly hostage-taking drama at a supermarket in Paris.

She is said to be the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman who was killed after anti-terror units stormed the grocery shop in the eastern Porte de Vincennes area of the French capital. Officials say four hostages were also killed during the raid.

Coulibaly and Boumeddiene are also said to be responsible for the fatal shooting of a policewomen in southern Paris on Thursday.

The Turkish source said the suspect is believed to have moved on to the southeastern Turkish city of Sanliurfa and then to Syria, but there was 'no concrete data' to prove that.

Turkey did not arrest her because of a lack of timely intelligence from France, the source said, adding, 'We do not have the luxury to prevent everyone entering without intelligence sharing…. If the intelligence sharing had been timely, then she could have been extradited.'

The male attacker is believed to have had links with the two terrorists behind the deaths of over a dozen people in an attack on the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris on Wednesday.

Two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, suspected of carrying out the massacre, were killed on Friday after being cornered at a printing workshop in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris.


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