Paris attack couple visited Malaysia

Boumeddiene and Coulibaly once holidayed in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: Foreign media reports are claiming that Paris attack couple – Amedy Coulibaly and his wife Hayat Boumeddiene – had once travelled to Malaysia.

The reports did not give specific dates as to when they visited Malaysia but quoted sources as they travelled together to Malaysia for a holiday.

 Coulibaly, 32, and Boumeddiene, 26, lived in the suburb of Bagneux where neighbours were quoted as saying the two were a "devoutly religious couple."

 The couple were quiet, respectful and normal, but disappeared from their suburban home about a month ago, the reports added.

According to French judicial documents, a police search of Coulibaly's residence in 2010 turned up a crossbow, 240 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, films and photos of him during a trip to Malaysia, as well as letters seeking false official documents.

Coulibaly was shot dead after taking hostages at a Paris kosher grocery store in a second stand-off on Friday. 

He had demanded the freedom of the two brothers - Cheris, 32 and Said Kouachi, 34, - who were behind the massacre of 12 people at weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday and cornered at a printing plant in the village of Dammartin-en-Goele.

Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers were shot dead by police in the stand-off.

Boumeddiene is believed to have slipped out of the store and is now on the run and has become France's most wanted woman.

She is considered armed and dangerous.

Coulibaly had phoned friends from the scene, urging them to stage further attacks, a security source said.

He told French television in an interview from the hostage scene he had “coordinated” his actions with the two gunmen who shot dead 12 people at Charlie Hebdo.

He “asked his friends to go and attack various targets, specifically police stations in the Paris suburbs,” the source said.

Boumeddiene, who is accused of being his accomplice in the killing Thursday of a policewoman south of Paris, is still being sought by police.

The couple were married in a religious ceremony but were not wed under French law which requires a civil ceremony.

Coulibaly also told BFM channel he was a member of the Islamic State jihadist group, which had called for attacks in France and other countries participating in US-led airstrikes against the militants in Iraq and Syria.

He shot two people as soon as he entered the kosher store in Porte de Vincennes neighbourhood and had “one or more bags” of explosives with him but did not detonate them, a security source said.

He had tried to boobytrap the entrance to the shop where he was besieged by police “but had not hooked up the explosives”, the source added.

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