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France says up to 6 terror suspects may be at large

Some of the 10,000 French troops being used to bolster security around key sites stand guard near the Eiffel Tower on Monday.
Some of the 10,000 French troops being used to bolster security around key sites stand guard near the Eiffel Tower on Monday.
Published Jan. 13, 2015

PARIS — 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 girlfriend of one of the gunmen, the Associated Press reported Monday, citing two unnamed French police officials.

The disclosure came as France deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites — including Jewish schools and neighborhoods — in the wake of the attacks that killed 17 people last week.

Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, and their friend, Amedy Coulibaly, were killed Friday by police after attacks at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The three claimed ties to Islamic extremists in the Middle East.

The two police officials said that authorities were searching the Paris area for the Mini Cooper registered to Hayat Boumeddiene, Coulibaly's companion. Turkish officials say she is now in Syria.

One of the police officials said that the cell consisted of about 10 members, and that five or six could still be at large, but he did not provide their names. The other official said the cell was made up of about eight people and included Boumeddiene.

One of the men believed to be part of the cell has been seen driving Boumeddiene's car around Paris in recent days, the two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation with the media. They cautioned that it was not clear whether the driver was an operative, involved in logistics, or had some other, less-violent role in the cell.