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Terror cells may be activated in France

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Jan 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-12 17:55:13-05

Terror cells may have been activated in France in the past 24 hours, a source told CNN.

According to CNN, French law enforcement officers have been told to erase their social media presence and to carry their weapons at all times because terror sleeper cells have been activated over the last 24 hours in the country, a French police source who attended a briefing Saturday told CNN Terror Analyst Samuel Laurent.

Ahmedy Coulibaly, a suspect killed Friday during a deadly Kosher market hostage siege, made several phone calls about targeting police officers in France.

The remaining  suspect at large in the Charlie Hebdo shooting and subsequent hostage-takings, Hayat Boumeddiene, is believed to have entered Turkey on January 2. She is wanted in connection with the Thursday shooting death of a policewoman, Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 27.

A Turkish intelligence official told the Associated Press on Saturday that a woman with the same name and resembling a widely distributed photo of Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, flew to Istanbul on Jan. 2. Authorities believe she traveled to Sanliurfa near the Syrian border on Jan. 4, then disappeared. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP because he wasn't authorized to speak on the record.

If accurate, it could mean Boumeddiene was not in France at the time of Thursday's deadly shooting of a policewoman in Paris, as authorities originally believed.

Authorities have offered no explanation of the discrepancy at this time.

On Friday, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins revealed Boumeddiene, the widow of slain supermarket gunman Amedy Coulibaly, exchanged 500 phone calls in 2014 with the wife of Cherif Kouachi, one of the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack, according to USA Today.