Video: Hayat Boumeddiene arriving in Turkey
Boumeddiene reportedly arrived in Istanbul from Madrid on Jan. 2 and then crossed into Syria
Turkish authorities released on Monday airport security footage showing the arrival in Istanbul of Hayat Boumeddiene, the suspected female accomplice of gunmen involved in last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.
Turkey’ Anadolu Agency reported on Monday that Boumeddiene, the common-law wife of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the terrorists involved in the Paris rampage last week, arrived in Istanbul from Madrid on Jan. 2 and then crossed into Syria six days later.
The foreign minister said the woman, who became the most wanted person in France, had stayed in an Istanbul hotel.
She reportedly had a return ticket but she failed to show up for her flight. Boumeddiene was reportedly in Syria with a male travel companion.
Last week, France was rocked by three days of violence that began with an assault by three Islamist militants on the headquarters on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and ended in deadly shootouts between security forces and the militants.
Seventeen citizens, many of whom were members of the magazine’s staff, were killed in the three-day rampage.
Boumeddiene is the common-law wife of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the three gunmen involved in the Charlie Hebdo attack on Wednesday who killed four hostages days later at a kosher grocery in Paris.