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Still on the Run: Woman Sought in France Terror Attacks

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NBC News - France was on high alert Saturday, hunting a heavily-armed woman suspected of aiding three terrorists behind a string of shootings and hostage sieges that left 17 people dead.

President Francois Hollande chaired an emergency security meeting aimed at thwarting a repeat of the attacks around Paris by terrorists linked to al Qaeda in Yemen.

At total of 16 people have been arrested since the attacks began on Wednesday, five of whom remain in custody as police seek witnesses and evidence, the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Security forces are deployed around the capital, guarding places of worship and tourist sites, preparing for what's likely to be a huge demonstration Sunday to show unity against extremists. World leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's David Cameron are among the many expected to join.

An intense manhunt for brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who executed 12 journalists at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, came to a bloody and dramatic end Friday when they were killed in a gun battle with police at a printing factory outside of Paris.

A second armed siege at a kosher food store in the city ended in the shooting of a third suspect, Amedy Coulibaly, and four of his hostages.

Coulibaly's common law wife, 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large. Police named her as an accomplice in the shooting of a female police officer on Thursday and believe she is armed.

"I'm sure that everything is being done to find her, but it's really disquieting to think that someone armed like this could be out there," said Matthieu C., who lives down the street from the magazine's offices. "We still need to rally and show that we will resist barbarism and fear," he told NBC News, declining to give his last name.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for "extreme vigilance" in France's ongoing fight against terror, saying that "given the context, we are exposed to risks."

Amid nervousness, there was a false bomb alert at the Eurodisney fairground to the east of the capital and there were reports of shots fired at as Synagogue in the 19th district but that also turned out to be false.

Cherif told a French TV station he was "sent by Yemen's Al-Qaeda," and a purported member of the terror group claimed it had directed the attack on the magazine, which had mocked Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

U.S. officials have said that Said Kouachi, 34, trained with al Qaeda in Yemen several years ago. His younger brother was convicted on a terrorism charge in 2008. They had been on the run since speeding away from the magazine's offices after the attack on Wednesday.

French radio RTL released audio Saturday of Coulibaly in which he lashes out over Western military campaigns against extremists in Syria and Mali. He describes Osama bin Laden as an inspiration.
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