Hayat Boumeddiene: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Hayat Boumeddiene (French Police)

French cops killed three terrorists in a pair of dramatic raids Friday in Paris, but a manhunt is on for the girlfriend of one of the three because she’s wanted in connection with the killing of a police officer.

The woman still on the loose Saturday is 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed Friday by police after holding people hostage inside a kosher supermarket.

There were conflicting reports Friday on whether Boumeddiene was with Coulibaly during the supermarket standoff.

In addition to killing Coulibaly, cops killed Cherif and Said Kouachi, the brothers who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Wednesday, after the brothers held a man hostage inside a printing plant outside of Paris.

Here’s what you need to know about Boumeddiene:


1. Boumeddiene Is Wanted in Connection With the Killing of a Police Officer

French police released the names of Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly this morning in connection with the murder of policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe in Montrouge, a commune in the southern Parisian suburbs.

Above is a tweet sent out by the official French police Twitter account.

The now deceased Jean-Philippe was a 27-year-old police rookie. Her murder occurred less than 24-hours after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack by Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi, the brothers behind the original terrorist attack.

MSNBC has reported that Boumeddiene’s name is a “Francocized” Arabic name.


2. Boumeddiene Had Been in Constant Contact With the Girlfriend of One of the Terrorists Who Attacked Charlie Hebdo

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People hold a copy of a Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a sign reading ‘I am Charlie’ as they gather on January 7, 2015. (Getty)

As has been reported by various news outlets, Jean-Philippe’s murder is linked to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.

According to the New York Times, the French prosecutor’s office said Friday that there had been “constant and sustained” contact between Boumeddiene and the girlfriend of Cherif Koachi.

At the kosher supermarket hostage crisis, Coulibaly called for the Kouachi brothers release in return for letting his hostages go.

But both hostage situations ended in the suspects being killed.


3. 4 Hostages Were Killed Inside the Supermarket

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Several media outlets reported that four hostages were killed inside the supermarket. It wasn’t clear at which point during the crisis they were killed. The New York Times reported that five people were also wounded. The Times, citing a senior French official, said five people were reported to have been freed unharmed.

Reports form France indicated that Coulibaly threatened to kill the hostages inside the market if authorities didn’t release the Kouachi brothers, who cops had cornered at a printing plant in nearby Dammartin-en-Goele.

The rescue missions took place as reports emerged that the Kouachi brothers had been in contact with al-Qaida operatives in Yemen, including American-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in 2011.


4. Boumeddiene & Coulibaly Lived Together

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Citing a “Western intelligence official,” CNN reported that Boumeddiene and Coulibaly lived together.

The French newspaper Le Monde posted several photos of Boumeddiene and Coulibaly, including one of Coulibaly holding a gun and one of Boumeddiene pointing a weapon that looks like a crossbow at the camera.


5. Coulibaly Was an Associate of the Kouachi Brothers

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Brothers Cherif (left) and Said Kouachi. (French Police/AFP/Getty)

According to MSNBC, Coulibaly was close friends with the Kouachi brothers, Cherif and Said, who pulled off the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Regarding the Kouachi brothers, the New York Times reported:

Gunshots and explosions were heard late Friday afternoon at the printing plant near Dammartin-en-Goële, outside of Paris, where the two suspects were holding a hostage. Smoke could be seen rising from the building, and it appeared that an assault on the facility had begun after a standoff that had lasted much of the day.

At the kosher supermarket hostage crisis, Coulibaly called for the Kouachi brothers release in return for letting his hostages go.