Days after the terror attacks on the satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday and a Parisian kosher supermarket on Friday, as many as six members of a Muslim extremist terror cell remain on the loose, French police said Monday, according to the Associated Press.
One of the alleged terror cell members has reportedly been seen driving a vehicle that that belongs to the wife of one of the gunmen. The car, a Mini Cooper, is apparently registered to Hayat Boumeddiene, who is believed to be in Syria now, according to Turkish officials.
It was first reported that Boumeddiene was involved in the siege at the kosher supermarket Friday and that she got away -- somehow -- but it was later reported she wasn’t even in France at the time, Mediate wrote via CNN. Boumeddiene reportedly left the country on Jan. 1 or 2, days before the terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the supermarket. She slipped out of France across the Spanish border, flew to Istanbul from Madrid, and then apparently entered Syria on foot.
Since the attacks, 10,000 troops and 5,000 extra police officers have been stationed throughout Paris, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. He said France is a still a target for Muslim extremists. "Synagogues, Jewish schools -- but also mosques -- will be protected because in the past few days there have been a number of attacks against mosques,” Le Drian said according to Reuters. "The threats remain and we have to protect ourselves from them. It is an internal operation that will mobilize almost as many men as we have in our overseas operations.”
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