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Female accomplice entered Syria from Turkey

The suspected female accomplice of Islamist militants behind attacks in Paris was in Turkey five days before the killings and crossed into Syria last Thursday, Turkish officials said yesterday.

France launched a search for 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene after police killed her partner, Amedy Coulibaly, in a Jewish supermarket where he had taken hostages. Authorities described her as armed and dangerous.

Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Boumeddiene had arrived in Istanbul from Madrid on January 2. Turkey had received no request from Paris to deny her access.

"There is footage of her at the airport. Later on, she stayed at a hotel with another person and crossed into Syria on January 8. We can tell that based on telephone records," he said.

Those dates would put her in Turkey before the violence in Paris began, and leaving for Syria while the attackers were still hiding from police.

Coulibaly had said he was carrying out the attack in the name of Islamic State.

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Footage from security cameras posted on the HaberTurk news website showed a woman it identified as Boumeddiene walking with a man to passport control at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport after flying in from Madrid.

The woman is wearing a long dress and winter coat and her head is covered with a white scarf.

French media released photos purporting to be of a fully-veiled Boumeddiene, posing with a crossbow, in a 2010 training session in the Cantal region.

She is one of seven children whose mother died when she was young and whose delivery-man father struggled to keep working while looking after the family.

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