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Fourth Paris Attack Suspect Flees to Syria Via Turkey

Monday, 12 Jan 2015 06:44 AM

(Bloomberg) -- Hayat Boumeddiene, thought to be the wife of a gunman who seized hostages at a kosher grocery in Paris, traveled across Turkey on her way to Syria last week, Turkey’s foreign minister said today.

Boumeddiene flew to Istanbul from Madrid on Jan. 2 before entering Syria six days later, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency. She is the lone surviving suspect from three terrorist attacks in Paris last week that claimed 17 victims.

Three other suspects were killed by French security forces, including the man believed to be Boumeddiene’s husband, Amady Coulibaly.

The attacks in Paris have highlighted the risks of home- grown terrorists in Europe and their links to militant groups in the Middle East and Africa. Turkey has been a transit country for would-be jihadis traveling to join fighting in Iraq and Syria despite government efforts to clampdown on the traffic. Cavusoglu said that Turkey immediately informed France when the information about Boumeddiene’s movements became available.

Turkey refused 7,300 foreigners entry into the country and deported more than 1,000 others upon demand from 70 countries, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said today.

“There is need for better cooperation against attacks, as Turkey we’re ready for it,” Ala said, adding there was no French request to ban the suspect’s entry into the country.

--With assistance from Ali Berat Meric in Ankara.

To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net Jack Fairweather, Mark Williams

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