Paris Shootings: Woman Suspected of Killing French Policewoman Still at Large
The woman suspected of killing a French policewoman in the Parisian suburb of Montrouge is still the subject of a search on Saturday morning.
Hayat Boumeddienne, 26, allegedly gunned down the officer on Thursday along with her alleged accomplice and reported boyfriend Amedy Coulibaly, 32.
Coulibaly was killed on Friday evening after a tense standoff at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris that involved 19 hostages. Four of those hostages are dead as well, while 15 were freed alive.
Boumeddienne is not believed to have been involved in the supermarket attack.
The policewoman’s murder is linked to the brutal terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead, including four of France’s most prominent cartoonists.
Police said Coulibaly had links to the two brothers behind that massacre, Said and Cherif Kouachi. Coulibaly and Cherif Kouachi were said to be followers of Djamel Beghal, a French-Algerian champion of jihad who was jailed in 2001 for planning an attack on the United States Embassy in Paris.
The two Kouachi brothers were killed on Friday evening after a standoff at a printing plant in the town of Dammartin-en-Goële.
As the search for Boumeddiene intensified, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday that an additional 250 soldiers have joined the already 850-strong force deployed in the greater Paris area. Another 250 soldiers would also be added on Sunday, when a solidarity rally is scheduled in the streets of Paris.
• Additional reporting by STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN