Boumeddiene, who is wanted in France for allegedly aiding her boyfriend, crossed the border to Syria on January 8, the radio station said. According to RTL, it is unlikely that the 26-year-old woman participated in the attacks, as she had booked a ticket for a Madrid-Istanbul flight on January 2.
The French authorities described Hayat Boumeddiene, believed to be Coulibaly’s girlfriend, as "armed and dangerous", according to AFP.
On Thursday, a female police officer was killed near Paris in an attack reportedly linked to that at the Charlie Hebdo office the previous day, when 12 people were fatally shot.
A man claiming to be Coulibaly spoke to BFM TV, a French news channel, during the hostage crisis. He said that he was a member of the Islamic State (IS), a radical Sunni group, controlling large parts of Iraq and Syria. The organization is notorious for its brutality.
Coulibaly met Cherif Kouachi in jail in 2005, according to the International Business Times. In 2013, the former was sentenced to five years in prison for a failed attempt to help Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, an Algerian Islamist, escape from prison. However, he was released early. Boumeddienne and Coulibaly were married in a religious ceremony, though the couple was not officially registered.
Boumeddiene and Cherif Kouachi’s girlfriend made over 500 calls to one another in 2014, AFP reports, citing Francois Molins, Paris’ chief prosecutor.