government urged citizens to remain vigilant in the face of the
country’s worst terrorist attack in living memory.
Police say that Hayat Boumeddiene was involved in the killing of a policewoman in
Paris on Thursday and was possibly an active participant in a hostage
standoff in a kosher supermarket in the capital a day later. Her
partner, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, was killed as police stormed the grocery.
Three hostages were also killed.
Meanwhile, thousands of
security forces and police have been deployed throughout France in hopes
of tracking down suspects in the attack on the supermarket and the
assault Wednesday on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people, including the publication’s outspoken editor, were killed.
In an interview with French television shortly before he was killed,
Coulibaly said he had “coordinated” his actions with the magazine
attackers, identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi. The two were
killed by police on Friday after being cornered at a warehouse in the
town of Dammartin-en-Goele, 22 miles outside of Paris.
also claimed to have telephoned his friends from the scene of the
hostage crisis, urging them to stage further attacks, according to a
“He ‘asked his friends to go and attack various targets, specifically police stations in the Paris suburbs,’ the source said.”
Kouachi told a French television station that he and his brothers were
acting on instructions from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the
terrorist network’s Yemen-based affiliate, to defend the Prophet
In all, 20 people, including three attackers, have been killed in the two sieges.
The French daily Le Monde published a series of photos
it says show Coulibaly and Boumeddiene, which include them posing with
weapons, her in the Islamic head covering known as a niqab.
France’s chief prosecutor, Francois Molins, says that authorities are urgently seeking Boumeddiene.
said that 16 people had been detained in connection with the
investigation, which would focus on possible accomplices and financing
for the attacks.
NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston reports
that Boumeddiene had previously attracted the interest of French and
American intelligence officials “because of her association with
Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers, which [is believed to be] …
longstanding. All four were connected to a 2010 plot to break an
Algerian jihadi out of prison, they say.”
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