Police: Up to 6 Paris Terror Suspects May Be at Large

Terror cell consists of roughly 10 members: official
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Police: Up to 6 Paris Terror Suspects May Be at Large
This photo provided by the Paris Police Prefecture Jan. 9, 2015, shows Hayat Boumeddiene, a suspect in the kosher market attack.   (Prefecture de Police)

(Newser) – As many as six members of a terrorist cell involved in the Paris attacks may still be at large, including a man who was seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the gunmen, French police said today. One police official says the cell consists of about 10 members, and that "five or six could still be at large," but he did not provide their names. Another police official says the cell was made up of about eight people and included Hayat Boumeddiene, widow of Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed with two brothers Friday after conducting a murderous spree that killed 17 people last week.

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Both officials say that authorities are searching the Paris area for the Mini Cooper registered to Boumeddiene. Turkish officials say she is now in Syria. One of the other men believed to be part of the cell has been seen driving Boumeddiene's car around Paris in recent days, the two officials say. They cautioned that it wasn't clear whether the driver was an operative, involved in logistics, or had some other, less-violent role in the cell. The disclosure came as France deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites—including Jewish schools and neighborhoods—in the wake of last week's attacks. (See why the White House said it should have sent someone to a massive anti-terror march in France.)

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