France attacks: Female suspect on the run


UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that a Turkish intelligence official said that a woman by the same name flew into Sabiha Gokcen, which is Istanbul’s secondary airport, on Jan. 2, and that she resembled a widely distributed photo of Boumeddiene.

Turkish authorities believe she traveled to the Turkish city of Sanliurfa near the Syrian border two days later, according to the official, who added: “She then disappeared.”

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

(CNN) — Hundreds of extra military police are fanning out across Paris looking for 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene, a suspect in the France terror attacks.

Police say she may have been an accomplice in the standoff in a kosher grocery store and in the killing of a police officer in a Paris suburb. She’s considered to be armed and very dangerous.

Her alleged accomplice Amedy Coulibay was killed when police raided the kosher grocery store where he took more than a dozen hostages, killing four of them.

New photos reveal more of their shared past. Published by French newspaper Le Monde, the pictures appear to show the two in 2010 in the Cantal region of southern France.

A man in one photo standing next to Colibay has been identified as Djamel Beghal, once known as al-Quida’s premier European recruiter.

Authorities say Coulibay had known links to Jihadist groups and to the suspected Charlie Hebdo shooters, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, both killed during a separate police raid.

According to prosecutors, Boumeddiene has had over 500 calls with Cherif Kouachi’s companion.

“The question is, are there any co-conspirators out there that she may be trying to link up with,” said William Braniff, executive director of START (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism).

Le Monde reports she was interviewed by counterterrorism police in 2010. The newspaper says she started a relationship with Coulibay the same year, and that last spring, she met him outside prison when he was released following a four-year sentence. The two reportedly lived together and travelled to Malaysia.

“This woman does not have much to lose, so to speak, if her romantic partner has just been killed, if her life as a free civilian is likely over in France,” Braniff said. “If she can access the capability to conduct another attack, that is certainly in the cards.”

French and U.S. authorities are now sharing intelligence hoping to track her down.

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