- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Islamic State group says that the widow of Paris hostage-taker Amedy Coulibaly is safe inside its territory in Syria or Iraq.

Hayat Boumeddiene is said to have fled France just days before her husband killed four people in a Jewish supermarket on Jan. 9. Law enforcement officials have been searching for her ever since. She was last seen in a Turkish airport.

The French-language magazine Dar al-Islam ran a purported interview with Ms. Boumeddiene in which she describes her escape from Europe.

“I did not encounter any difficulties [getting here], it is good to live in the land that is governed by the laws of God,” she told the magazine, Reuters reported Thursday.

Intelligence officials believe that the 26-year-old woman may be in Raqqa, Syria.

“She becomes a symbol for what can be done in the West. ISIS and all of these other terrorists are focused on attacking the West — the people who they believe have done them wrong,” CNN’s national correspondent Deb Feyerick said Thursday.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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