Widow of Paris Attacker Says She Is Being Sheltered by ISIS
Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman killed by police Friday after seizing a Jewish supermarket in Paris, told BFMTV station he had “co-ordinated” with the Charlie Hebdo killers and was a member of ISIS.
There are reports that Hayat Boumeddiene left France some time ago for Turkey.
She was not in Paris during the terrorist attacks.
Boumeddiene says she is being sheltered by the Islamic State in Syria.
The Columbian reported:
The widow of one of the assailants in last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris says she is being sheltered by the Islamic State in Syria, according to a purported interview in an online magazine posted Thursday by the militant group.
The claimed comments by Hayat Boumeddiene, who was married to attacker Amedy Coulibaly, appear to back up reports from authorities that she had reached Syria from Turkey during the bloodshed in Paris.
Coulibaly took more than a dozen hostages at a kosher supermarket Jan. 9 and killed four of them. He was shot dead when the market was stormed as part of a simultaneous police assault that killed two other attackers who had carried out deadly attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo two days earlier.
Boumeddiene has been placed on the most-wanted list of all European intelligence services. Officials believe that she may have crucial information about a broader network behind the Paris plot.
Records show more than 500 calls last year between her phone and that of the wife of Chérif Kouachi, one of two brothers who attacked Charlie Hebdo.
The interview in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq quotes Boumeddiene as urging Muslim women to study the faith and support their husbands.
Boumeddiene, who was identified as Umm Basir al-Muhajirah (the Female Immigrant), was quoted as describing Coulibaly as a supporter of the Islamic State and saying “his eyes shined” when he saw videos from the militants.
He asked to be shielded from the videos, however, so that he would not be tempted to travel to Syria or Iraq before he could carry out his attacks at home.
“When he would watch the videos, it would make him want to perform hijrah immediately and that would have conflicted with his intent to carry out the operations in France,” she purportedly said. “Hijrah” is the term the Islamic State uses to refer to immigration to its territory.
Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for helping fund and plan the Charlie Hebdo attacks, but announced no direct links to Coulibaly.
A video of Coulibaly swearing allegiance to the Islamic State emerged after his death. In addition to the three attackers, a total of 17 people were killed during the three days of violence in Paris.
A video showing gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who took part in the Paris terror attacks was posted online. In it, Amedy Coulibaly who was shot dead in the police raid on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in eastern Paris, said he carried out the attack on behalf of Islamic State.