Hayat Boumediene, the wife of the ISIS-inspired jihadist who killed four hostages at a Paris kosher supermarket, may have made her way into Syria to join fellow Islamic extremists, according to reports. Information has surfaced that she was not in France when the attacks were carried out, and she has now likely linked up with jihadists in Syria.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Boumediene, 26, has recently traveled through Turkey and has successfully made her way into Syria.
Boumediene traveled from France to Turkey’s Istanbul airport via plane on January 2, according to a senior Turkish official familiar with the situation. Boumediene and her travel companion, who Turkish officials refused to name, then took a flight to the southeastern Turkish city of Urfa on January 4, and then headed to Syria shortly thereafter, officials stated. “After Urfa, we lost track of them… most likely they crossed into Syria… She used no ports or no vehicles to exit Turkey that we know of,” said the official.
French police released a bulletin on Friday warning citizens that she was armed and extremely dangerous.
What remains unclear is what prompted French intelligence officials to believe that Boumediene was physically at the location of the Kosher supermarket attack, besides the fact that she was in a relationship with the jihadist that carried out the mass-killings.
Video has surfaced of Ahmedy Coulibaly, the man responsible for the recent slaughter of four Jews at a Kosher supermarket in Paris, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. In the video, Coulibaly, 32, claims to have coordinated with the Al Qaeda operatives and Charlie Hebdo killers Cherif and Said Kouachi.