Hayat Boumeddiene, widow and co-conspirator of Amedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who shot and killed four people at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, has surfaced in territory held by the Islamic State, the Iraq and Syria based group said.
An interview in the latest issue of Dar al Islam, the Islamic State's French-language magazine, says that Boumeddiene is safely in ISIS-controlled areas.
“"I did not encounter any difficulties” in getting out of France and into ISIS-controlled areas, she said, according to English-language European media. “It is good to live in the land that is governed by the laws of God,” she was quoted as saying.
Currently France's Most Wanted Criminal, authorities have been seeking Boumeddiene as an accomplice in the Hyper Cacher murders on January 9, as well as in the murder of a police officer in Paris the day before.
The murders were carried out by her husband Amedy Coulibaly, who was also a close friend of the Kouachi brothers, who committed the Charlie Hebdo massacres several days prior.
The Kouachis and Coulibaly were killed by security officers after each respective terror attack, but Boumeddiene went missing.
Reports said that she had managed to get out of the country and into Turkey, from where she infiltrated into Syria, and then to ISIS-held areas. However, footage later emerged showing her in Istanbul airport several days before the attacks, so it is not clear if she was in Paris at the time of the attacks.
Authorities, though, have no doubt that she was an important part of the attacks. Weekend reports said that she had had 500 phone conversations in the year prior to the attack with one of the Kouachi brothers, and was close to other Islamists in France.
There has been no independent confirmation of the interview's authenticity.