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Paris attacks: suspect entered Syria on 8 Jan

The suspect, Hayat Boumeddiene, arrived at an Istanbul airport on 2 January via Madrid and stayed in a hotel.

This comabination of images released on 9 January, 2015 by the French police shows Hayat Boumeddiene (L) and Amedy Coulibaly (R), suspected of being involved in the killing of a policewoman in Montrouge on 8 January. Picture: AFP.

ISTANBUL - The suspected female accomplice of Islamist militants behind the attacks in Paris last week crossed into Syria on 8 January from Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in comments posted on state-run news agency Anatolian's website on Monday.

The suspect, Hayat Boumeddiene, arrived at an Istanbul airport on 2 January via Madrid and stayed in a hotel, Cavusoglu said in an interview with Anatolian.

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, 7 January, 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.

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.

GUN FROM PARIS DELI SIEGE LINKED WITH JOGGER SHOOTING

Bullet cases found at the site where a jogger was shot and wounded on Wednesday evening match the gun found at the scene of a fatal shooting in a supermarket east Paris two days later, the Paris prosecutor said citing ballistics tests.

Four hostages died in Friday's siege on a Jewish supermarket by an Islamic militant, Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by police. He is also the main suspect in the killing of a policewoman on Thursday.

The Paris prosecutor said in a statement the ballistics tests were conducted on five bullet cartridges found at the site where the 32-year old jogger was shot in the Paris suburb of Fontenay-aux-Roses, and on the Tokarev automatic pistol discovered at the supermarket.

The two sites are about 15 kilometres apart.

Friday's four victims were among a total of 17 people, including journalists and policemen, killed in three days of violence in and around Paris.

Police said Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers belonged to the same Paris-based Islamist militant cell.

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