France mobilizes to find ‘probable’ accomplice to attacks

In the video, Coulibaly pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group.

By: Associated Press | Paris | Published: January 12, 2015 3:55:37 pm
French President Francois Hollande, center, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo leave the Elysee Palace to board a bus to join a rally in Paris, Sunday. (Source: AP) French President Francois Hollande, center, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo leave the Elysee Palace to board a bus to join a rally in Paris, Sunday. (Source: AP)

French security forces are mobilizing in their search for what the prime minister called a “probably accomplice” to three days of bloodshed and terror around the capital.

Manuel Valls said the search is urgent because “the threat is still present” after the attacks that left 17 people dead — journalists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, hostages at a kosher market and three police officers. All three attackers died Friday in nearly simultaneous raids by security forces.

The widow of one of the attackers crossed into Syria on Thursday, the day after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and the same day her husband shot a policewoman to death on the outskirts of Paris, according to Turkey’s foreign minister.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Monday that Hayat Boumedienne arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2, ahead of the attacks and stayed at a hotel in Istanbul before crossing into Syria on Thursday.

Video emerged on Sunday of her husband Amedy Coulibaly, explaining how the attacks would unfold and police want to find the person who shot and posted the video, which was edited after the attacks were over.

Valls told BFM television on Monday that France is at war against “terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam.”

Survivors say the Charlie Hebdo attackers, brothers from Paris, claimed they were from al-Qaida in Yemen, the group the U.S. considers the most dangerous offshoot of that network. In the video, Coulibaly pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group.

But ties among the men date back to at least 2005.

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