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French police have ensued in a massing manhunt for the suspected female accomplice believed to be the partner of a man who killed a police woman and four people at a Jewish supermarket on Friday.
Amedy Coulibaly, the hostage taker who killed four people and wounded four others in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday was killed by police during its raid on the market, but his suspected accomplice Hayat Boumeddiene, remains on the run.
Police had already been hunting 32-year-old Coulibaly along with the 27-year-old female accomplice Boumeddiene after the killing on Thursday in southern Paris of a policewoman.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Friday that preliminary investigation showed that there were frequent communications between Coulibaly and Boumeddiene and the terrorists Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said who carried out the attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper on Wednesday. Police killed the Kouachi brothers
during a raid on a print shop northeast of Paris on Friday.
"It appears from the investigation, especially from the exploitation of the phone-tappings, that Cherif Kouachi's spouse had called more than 500 times to Amedy Coulibaly's partner, Hayat Boumeddiene, which shows permanent and strong links between the two couples," Molins said.
Boumeddiene is thought to be armed and dangerous. She was married to Coulibaly in a religious ceremony, but they have not had the civil wedding required to make it official in France, AFP reported.
Boumeddiene may have slipped away from the Kosher market following police raid
Boumeddiene may have escaped the scene of the besieged kosher market during the police raid to rescue the hostages, CNN reported on Saturday.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Boumeddiene may have eluded capture during the confusion as the freed hostages were running away when the police stormed the market, CNN quoted him as saying.
On Saturday evening, a source familiar with the situation said Boumeddiene left France last week and traveled to Syria via Turkey.
Two police officers were also wounded in the raid, Molins said.
President Francois Hollande warned that the danger to France - home to the European Union's biggest communities of both Muslims and Jews - was not over yet.
Altogether 17 victims have died along with the three hostage-takers since Wednesday.