Turkey Denies Helping Paris Terrorist’s Wife

Turkey on Monday said that the wanted partner of one of the gunmen behind the terror attacks in France crossed into Syria last week, insisting it was not at fault for failing to detain her.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Hayat Boumeddiene had crossed into Syria on January 8, the same day that her partner Amedy Coulibaly is suspected of shooting dead a policewoman outside Paris on the second day of the Paris attacks.

“She entered Turkey on January 2 from Madrid. There are images of her at the airport,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by state-run news agency Anatolia.

“Then she crossed into Syria on January 8. This is clear from the telephone records.”

Turkish television channel Haber Turk later broadcast images of a woman it said was Boumeddiene crossing the Turkish border at passport control at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul.

Wearing a headscarf, she was accompanied by a bearded, unidentified man in the security footage.

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Sasha Perkins

Administrative Assistant and Journalist at the Pluto Daily since 2012.