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12/03/2021 05:02:55 pm

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Paris Gunman’s Widow Now in Syria with ISIS

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(Photo : Reuters) People hold up signs as they rally against French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad as the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen, in Bamako January 16, 2015. The words in French on the banner (front C) reads: "Don't touch my religion, I support the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: CIVIL UNREST RELIGION POLITICS SOCIETY MEDIA)


Hayat Boumeddien, the common-law wife of one of the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, was able to easily leave France before the incident and is now in Syria with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Dabiq, the monthly digital magazine of the extremist organization, said that the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, after flying out of Paris, arrived on January 2 at the Sabiha Gokcen Airport together with a man, reports Mashable. From Turkey, she crossed to Syria by land after six days.

Coulibaly attacked a Jewish kosher in Paris after the group fled authorities pursuing them for the Charlie Hebdo carnage. He was killed in the arrest operations, reports Time.

She left Paris even before the Paris attacks took place on January 7 through 9.

The terror group's claim is supported by video footage from surveillance files of the gateway obtained by Haberturk television.

She told Dabiq that the role of a woman is to be the basis of support and safety for her husband and family, not make things difficult for them. The French version of the interview, posted on a file-sharing website, came out on Wednesday and the English version the next day.

Boumeddiene, whom the magazine called Umm Basir al-Muhajirah, said, "Living in a land where the law of Allah is implemented is something great." She added that she feels at ease after she had performed her obligation to Coulibaly.

The Levantine Group, an independent Middle Eastern intelligence monitoring group, said it wasn't surprised by Boumeddiene's successfully contacting the caliphate's middle men in Europe who helped her flee France for Syria after the massacre of the staff of the satirical newspaper, said Benjamin Decker, senior intelligence analyst of the group.

France, which launched a search for the gunman's widow, described Boumeddiene as armed and dangerous.

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