France deploys 10 000 troops as hunt for accomplice intensifies

2015-01-12 12:52
French police. (Thomas Samson, AFP)

French police. (Thomas Samson, AFP)

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Paris - French security forces are mobilising 10 000 officers in their search for what Prime Minister Manuel Valls called a "probable 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 - plus the three attackers, who were killed on Friday in nearly simultaneous raids by security forces.

Meanwhile, France's interior minister said on Monday the country is mobilising 10 000 security forces to protect the population. Bernard Cazeneuve said the deployment will begin on Tuesday, and will focus on the most sensitive locations.

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 2 January, 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-Qaeda in Yemen, the group the US considers the most dangerous offshoot of that network. In the video, Coulibaly pledges allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

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

Read more on:    charlie hebdo  |  al-qaeda  |  isis  |  manuel valls  |  france  |  paris shooting

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