Gunman at Paris Kosher Market May Have Madrid Terror Contact, Police Say

Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered a policewoman and four hostages last week, spent three days in Madrid prior to shooting.


The gunman who murdered five people in Paris last week spent three days in Madrid prior to his killing spree, according to French and Spanish media reports.

Amedy Coulibaly, the French Islamist who shot dead a policewoman in Paris on January eight and killed four hostages in a kosher supermarket on the eastern side of the French capital the following day, was in the Spanish capital December 30 to January 2, Barcelona-based daily La Vanguardia said Thursday.

The Spanish police are investigating whether he had contact with a terror cell during his stay in Madrid, according to the paper, which reported that he was with another, unidentified person.

Boumeddiene, 26, was in Turkey five days before the killings and crossed into Syria on January 8, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was cited on Monday by the state-run Anatolian News Agency as saying.

Police killed Coulibaly, 32, after storming the supermarket on Friday.