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French Terror Attack Widow Tells All to ISIL

Published: 13th February 2015 08:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2015 09:26 AM   |  A+A-

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The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has published a purported interview with the French widow of a Paris gunman, its first official claim that Hayat Boumeddiene is in its territory.

Boumeddiene, 26, is thought to have fled to Syria via Turkey shortly before the Paris attacks, in which 17 people were killed - including 12 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine. She is wanted in France for her suspected involvement in preparing the attacks.

Her husband Amedy Coulibaly killed a policewoman and four people in a kosher supermarket in the French capital.

An online French-language magazine run by Isil claims to have interviewed Boumeddiene on her reasons for joining the militant group. Dar al-Islam's front-page features the Eiffel Tower guarded by French soldiers and the title: "May Allah curse France."

The two-page interview with the "spouse of our brother Abu Basir Abdullah al-Afriki" - the name Coulibaly used in a propaganda video - does not mention Boumeddiene by name or feature any pictures to corroborate her claim that she reached the Islamist stronghold without difficulty.

"It is good to live in a land that is governed by the laws of Allah," she is quoted as saying.

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