Paris: In a shocking turn of events, a French police union representative on Tuesday revealed that the arms used by the Islamist militants, which killed 17 people in Paris last week, came from abroad.
According to the Associate Press, Christophe Crepin, a French police official, said that the weapons stockpile clearly came from abroad and the amount spent shows an organised network. He further added that the French authorities are probing the source of their financing.
Yesterday two French police officials had said that 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 widow of one of the slain gunmen.
Authorities were searching the Paris area for the Mini Cooper registered to Hayat Boumeddiene, the widow of Amedy Coulibaly. She is now in Syria, according to Turkish officials.
The French police officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to discuss details of the investigation with the news media.
France deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites including Jewish schools and neighbourhoods in the wake of the attacks that killed 17 people last week. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, as well as Coulibaly, their friend who claimed ties to Islamic extremists in the Middle East, died Friday in clashes with police.
More than a million people, including world leaders, marched in the streets of Paris to express their support for victims of last week's attacks and signal their disgust for the perpetrators.
(With Agency inputs)