Paris attacks suspect entered Syria on Jan 8 - Turkish FM

Mevlut Cavusoglu said Hayat Boumeddiene arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2, stayed at a hotel in Istanbul and went to Syria on Jan. 8.

Paris attacks suspect entered Syria on Jan 8 - Turkish FM
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Turkey's Foreign Minister said on Monday that Hayat Boumeddiene, wife of Amedy Coulibaly who killed 4 hostages at a supermarket in Paris, arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2, stayed at a hotel in Istanbul and went to Syria on Jan. 8.
 
"There is footage (of her) at the airport. Later on, she stayed at a hotel with another person and crossed into Syria on January 8. We can tell that based on telephone records," he said.

Those dates would put her in Turkey before the violence in Paris began, and leaving for Syria while the attackers were still on the loose.

Seventeen people, including journalists and policemen, were killed in three days of violence that began with a shooting attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Jan. 7, and ended with a hostage-taking at a kosher supermarket on Friday. The three gunmen were also killed.

French police are searching for Boumeddiene, the 26-year-old partner of one of the attackers, describing her as "armed and dangerous".

Cavusoglu said as soon as Turkey identified the whereabouts of Boumeddiene, it passed the information to French authorities.

Hayat Boumeddiene, dubbed as France’s most wanted woman, is in Syria and went there before last week’s deadly attacks, French media reported.

Turkey received no request to deny access to Boumeddiene, Interior Minister Efkan Ala told reporters. "The entry of individuals to Turkey could be blocked based on information from the originating countries saying this person's entry could be problematic," Ala said.

Mevlut Cavusoglu highlighted the need for a determined strategy to fight against terrorism around the world.

"Unfortunately there is no determination in the world to fight against terrorism," he said.

"As Turkey, we are against every kind of terrorist incident no matter which race, religion, sect or region it comes from," he added.

The foreign minister said there were two main issues which needed to be dealt with in Europe and in the region: "One is combatting terrorism, in which there is a huge gap to fill, the other issue is racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe."

"We see that increasing xenophobia in Europe triggers terrorism, using discrimination as an excuse," Cavusoglu said.

World leaders including Muslim and Jewish statesmen linked arms on Sunday to lead more than a million French citizens through Paris to pay tribute to victims of the attacks.

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