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Turkey believes woman sought in French attacks passed through country

ISTANBUL (NEWS1130) – A Turkish intelligence official says authorities believe the common law wife of one of the gunmen behind the attacks in France came through Turkey days before the attacks and may have crossed into Syria.

The official told The Associated Press on Saturday that a woman by the same name of the common law wife of Amedy Coulibaly flew to Istanbul on Jan. 2.

The official said the woman resembled a widely distributed photo of the woman, Hayat Boumeddiene. Turkish authorities believe she travelled to the Turkish city of Sanliurfa near the Syrian border on Jan. 4. The official said “she then disappeared.”