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France to deploy 15,000 troops to guard citizens, Jewish schools as 'threats remain'

The gunman who staged a siege at Kosher supermarket in France, is said to have been an ISIS sympathiser and in an audio obtained by a French radio station, he is heard warning the country against attacking the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


France to deploy 15,000 troops to guard citizens, Jewish schools as 'threats remain'

Paris: In a remarkable and unprecedented security measure taken in the aftermath of deadly three-day attacks in France, President Francois Hollande on Monday ordered 10,000 troops to be mobilised across the country's sensitive areas to protect the people as "threats remain," Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The defense minister added that it was the first time in the European country's history that such a large number of troops were being roped in to boost the country's security as "threats remain present". The troops will be deployed from Tuesday.

The defense minister was speaking after an emergency crisis meeting on national security that was chaired by the President and involved Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, as well as the heads of police and security services.

Also, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve assured maximum security at Jewish institutions, adding that nearly 5,000 security forces and police will be roped in to protect over 700 Jewish schools in the country, the report added.

It can be noted that during the Kosher supermarket siege that was staged by the third gunman Amedy Coulibaly, all four hostages killed were Jewish.

Meanwhile, French PM Manuel Valls said on Monday that the gunman who attacked Kosher supermarket and killed a policewoman, had an accomplice and “the hunt to nab that person will go on”, reported the AFP.

The meeting comes as France is still reeling under the shock triggered by three days of violence and bloodshed that saw 17 people being killed, 12 of them slain by Kouachi Brothers in Charlie Hendo attack on Wednesday.

Then a policewoman was shot in Paris by Amedy Coulibaly on Thursday, followed by Friday's hostage situation at Kosher grocery store where Coulibaly killed four before being neutralised by police.

Questions are being raised over how the terrorists that were well known to the intelligence, managed to stage such a deadly attack.

The gunman who staged a siege at Kosher supermarket in France, is said to have been an ISIS sympathiser and in an audio obtained by a French radio station, he is heard warning the country against attacking the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In a show of solidarity, dozens of world leaders joined a heartbroken France on Sunday, when they rallied along with over 1.5 million French citizens marching in Paris in the honour of France attack victims killed during three days.

Throughout the nation, nearly 4 million people marched for the same, holding "I am Charlie" banners.

In wake of the giant rally, France had beefed up its security to the maximum and the nation will remain on alert in coming weeks, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

The commando-style attack perpetrated on Charlie Hebdo's office by Kouachi brothers was claimed by Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The SITE Intelligence group quoted a sharia official of AQAP as threatening France with more operations if it does not stop "fighting" Islam and its symbols, and Muslims.

In a tweet, the SITE Intel group suggested that the gunman named Amedy Coulibaly, who staged the siege at Kosher supermarket in France, had pledged obeisance to Islamic State Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The phone was reportedly picked up by Coulibaly and hung, but the line remained open and the radio station heard all the conversation going on between the gunman and the hostages.

According to the radio station, Coulibaly started by saying that had France not attacked Muslims in the Middle East and Mali, he would not have born in France. He also threatened the West to stop attacking the ISIS.

According to earlier reports, Coulibaly had a female accomplice, named Hayat Boumeddiene, who managed to escape in the chaotic aftermath of the supermarket siege.

Since then, an intensive hunt is on for Hayat Boumeddiene, who reportedly fled to Syria after 'crossing the border to Spain and flying from Madrid to Istanbul'.

The 26-year-old female is said to have been in a relationship with Coulibaly since 2010. French newspaper Le Monde published few pictures of her with coulibaly in which she is seen wearing a niqab (black dress covering her from head-to-toe), and aiming with a gun at the camera.

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