victims of three days of horror. >> i'll be bringing you more from nigeria where a young girl just ten years old has been used as a suicide-bomber. >> she is the most wanted woman in europe, possibly the woman who shot dead a pariseen police officers. french media reporting that hayat boumeddiene may have left france and could be in syria. she is the 26-year-old partner of amedi coulibaly, who attacked a supermarket and took hostages which ended in the deaths of some of those hostages. both of them connected to said and cherif kouachi suspected in
are there any that remain and pose a threat, how did they let them slip through their fingers and are there any others who are posingmay plan these attacks. >> hayat boumeddiene may not even be in france right now. >> yes, that's correct. they've linked her to the shooting on thursday of two police officers, a policewoman died in that gun attack. but these are the reports that are being put out on two radio stations here in france that she may not be in france, she may be in syria, also the timing she
was not in france for any of these events. the timings are that on january january 2nd she left for turkey villa madrid. arrived in syria on january 8th, and then had a return ticket back to france booked for the day after january 9th, but was never on that plane. obviously if these reports are true then it certainly questions how closely connected she could have been with the events that she's wanted in connection with, and the police are going to be looking into these reports very closely to work out where exactly this woman is. they still want to speak to her of course. >> this is coming from a source, someone who is not quoted, and presumably this source is close to the investigation but it is so far unconfirmed. when we put in a phone call to the authorities, what did they say?
what was their reaction to this? >> well, i think these reports are coming out of turkey itself, that it's turkish sources that have been talking and they've been funneling their investigative skills and talents. the french authorities here are still under the impression that she's in the country. when they were talking about wanting her in section with the shooting of the policewoman, the wording of that certainly gave the impression that they thought was at the scene. >> thank you very much, indeed. all very confusing on that front. now we're going to bring in
clinton van zandt joining us from washington. with everything that has been reported about the two brothers, about the shooter of the supermarket in the east of paris, and the woman we're talking about now with the number of times the shorts have had their attention drawn to them, do you think that they should be able to recognize them as dangerous as they've turned out to be? >> the the authorities are doing almost medical triage. there was between 1,000 and 2,000 french passport holders who have traveled to the middle east and engaged in some type of battle, and then traveled back to france to carry out an attack. there are 1.1 million people on the terrorist watch list, i think its hard to hold the
french 100% responsible that 20 to 25 police officers to everyone who was potentially a terrorist and follow them 24 hours a day. they had a hard surveillance on the two brothers, and then cut that off a few months ago probably because they saw no significant activities and had to move their resources to somewhere else again. but this finger pointing will always take place. whenever there is an incident like this we want to hold somebody, in this case, as well as the shooters responsible so that we'll say that the shorts should have known. it's not a perfect world and the police and military are not perfect in a situation like this. >> but with everything that you've heard about them, and the way that you break down people's personality traits, do you think they were perfect candidates for
getting themselves into involved in something like this. >> oh, they're perfect candidates but they've been involved in these meetings for at least a decade. even though they've carryied out criminal activities, evidently law enforcement never picked up that they were doing something like this. the police had these 500 phone calls that took place between the woman who you suggest is france's most wanted fugitive right now, female fugitive, and the wives or girlfriends of the two brothers. these individuals, these men believe that we won't use our cell phone to communicate watching us, but we'll let the wives and girlfriends pass messages back and forth. some how the police were still following those but it appears
at this point within those 500 messages we're told about there still wasn't anything significant that there will be an attack in paris this week by these individuals. >> mr. van zandt, thank you very much indeed. we go back to paris and these lives pictures reaching us. we've heard about a number of marchs in solidarity in support of those who died over the last few days. this is apparently taking place in a part of paris where the four of the hostages died. it's difficult to know why there is that sport of greeting that has arrived there. applause and jeers.
four hostages and one gunman lost their lives. we'll try to find out what is happening there and let you know as soon as we know. now one of the suspects in the charlie hebdo attack, that's not the one we were referring to there. that's the one are 12 editorial members of the charlie hebdo lost their lives said that he was trained by the al-qaeda in the arabia peninsula in yemen. and they claim that they directed the attacks in paris. we're in the yemeni capitol with this. >> reporter: this attack took place in paris but it appears it could have originated thousands of miles away. al-qaeda and the arabian
peninsula directed the attack. the aqap, considered by the u.s. as the most active branches of al-qaeda in the world would be called the battle of paris. >> some of the french people were inpolite about the prophets of god and some of god's warriors rose up an taught them the manners and the limits of freedom of speech. people of france it is better that you stop your aggression on muslim and live in peace. but if you continue and choose war you'll never enjoy peace. one of the kouachi brothers speaking. >> we were sent by al-qaeda in yemen. i went to yemen and they financed me. >> he's referring to this man u.s.-born yemeni cleric who was killed by an u.s. drone attack in september 2011 north of yemen. he was described by western
security agencies as the main influenceer recruiter and propagandist for the group. they called for individual attacks in the west but european and u.s. muslims. aqap claimed it was behind a number of attacks. in 2009 an u.s. officer shot and killed 13 of his colleagues in fort hood, texas. he had contacts with the group. in december of the same year, a nigerian failed to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear. he was an on american flight bound for detroit on christmas day. he lived in yemen and aqap claimed to be behind the attack. some experts suggest that the group is capable of carrying out attacks on a global scale. >> the blessings of al-qaeda and yemen to attack means is behind it. the other evidence is there.
he is influenced by the group's ideas. many have helped al-qaeda through political turmoil. the cooperation between the government in america the u.s. drone attacks helped the group and support within the tribes. and the last three years have been the most active for them. >> al-qaeda's attacks in yemen are also increasing. the group seems to be involved on multiple battle fronts. it launched daring attacks against houthi fighters in recent weeks. it swept through the capitol in september. they say they want to end the spread of al-qaeda and corruption. critics say that houthies are using al-qaeda as a pre- pretext to gain power. >> reporter: the group said it has managed to set for a long
battle from within their borders. the paris shoot something clear shooting. >> thei failed to mention that 12 of those in the shooting were members of the charlie hebdo. not all were. in a press conference a short while, they said that one should not confuse all muslim with fanatics. >> he looked at his mother and siblings since our father died. it was his spots ability to be a protective brother. we associate ourselves with the victims. one must not confuse muslims with fanatics.
>> staying with that theme, we have reports of how why some of france's muslims feel left out of society. >> reporter: there are districts like this one which are considered predominantly muslim. france has a 5 million strong muslim population. some say they have failed to integrate in french society. others blame society for discriminating against them. the divide is not new but the killings of charlie hebdo magazine has worsened tensions. >> france is on the edge, and so is it's muslim community. many people here were too afraid to talk about the killings over recent days, but those who did expressed concerns that in one way or another france's muslims will suffer the consequences. the two brothers suspected of being behind the attack were not just muslims but they claimed to have carried out the killings in the name of islam. but for many muslims, they are
worry that the place they call home will not accept them. >> the right wing is using the attacks to spread more hatred against muslims. why? we're citizens. we respect the law. now we're looked upon as monsters. >> it's a feeling shared by many muslims who are afraid the fall out will deepen the cultural riff that has long existed here, and some worry that tougher measures will be imposed. >> things will change. the laws are going to change, and it won't be to the advantage of arabs they won't make it ease for muslims to come and stay here. >> two of the attackers live in these districts and some people told us that a sense of alien alienation felt by some creates a fertile ground.
>> they don't get job opportunities. they're discriminated against. french society should deal with this so people don't feel different. >> authorities have been calling for unity and tolerance but following the killings many here feel the riffs will become even wider. al jazeera paris. >> that is in paris which is where we find lawrence lee. that's not a sentiment being expressed in the french capitol is it? >> no, indeed. and the rally will be held here in paris which will have world leaders by the bucket load is described by the french government in historic terms. one of the biggest events in modern french history. if you feel that it's overblown it's worth bearing in mind that the french authorities have said that the founding principles of
the country's democracy have come under attack, things like freedom of expression, freedom of the press things like this. french authorities will be delighted that people will come out across the country in rallies today in honor of the charlie hebdo and in honor of the dead. in one sense this has been very good for the authorities the opinion poles have shown support for françois hollande going up, and this idea has of unity. you wonder how many buy into the unity. >> we've seen so many bigwigs
from different countries saying they're going to be there on sunday. david come ron angela merkel, and separately an anti-terrorism meeting with 12-3 interior ministers. it does look like they're trying to turn all these things very much a crisis into an advantage. but the much bigger question is what extent they're able at the moment to persuade french muslim youth that their philosophy of a secular france which may be able to offer them something is compelling enough since you hear so many people say france's muslims are on the edge of society.
it seems that outside of all these things that happened this weekend the generational struggle for france and other countries like it is persuading young muslims to come with them instead of following the more radical disillusioned path. >> thank you. >> there has been a massive demonstration of racism in germany. thousands here rallying, remembering the victims of the attacks in france. they say they were taking a stand against racism and xenophobia holding up signs saying we all laugh in the same language. and germany is for everybody. >> we'll show you what we have coming up, the iraqi government preparing for an offensive of isis fighters.
and we have reaction from sri lanka and after the election of a new president in sri lanka. and in sport chelsea continue to set the base in in the english premier league. >> we have this news coming out of libya. a number of people have been killed and injured in an explosion of what is pleased to have been a bomb. state media reporting two suicide-bombers have killed seven in an attack on a cafe in the northern city tripcally. that's what we have at the moment. the number of deaths, suicide-bombers blamed in tripoli and northern lebanon. we'll have more on that as we have it. we go to another suicide attack.
this one in nigeria where police believe a girl as young as ten was carrying the suicide vest. more than six people have lost their lives. let's start with this one the horrible fact that this was a child, a very young child the police say was responsible. >> exactly. that's what the police are saying. a child as young as ten or even less may have carried out the attack on monday. this is the third time there has been an attack in three months. but this is not the first time also that young girls have been engaged by boko haram to carry out such deadly attacks on civilians and the military. we've heard incidents in bombay. we have incidents elsewhere. late last year a 12-13-year-old
girl was arrested after she failed to detonate the device. she said she was introduced to boko haram by her father, and was threatened to blow herself up or her entire family will be killed. >> you say this is not the first time that boko haram has done this. would they be showing this sort of massage misogyny to young girls rather than boys, forcing them to put on suicide vests and blow themselves to pieces. >> what some people think is that boko haram is using some girls because less attention will be placed on them.
what we've seen, we've seen so many suicide attacks. and in northern nigeria it's usual to see a girl wearing the long veil, and that they see as a possible way of hiding such devices. so the girls have been introduced to this last year and a half or so. >> that's what we've been hearing in the last year and a half in nigeria. that's absolutely awful. thank you, thank you very much. >> now the united nations said libya's rifle political faction has agreed to sit down and have a good chat in geneva. there have been battles for months now. on friday 60 people lost their lives. we have the very latest nicole
johnston reports. >> reporter: finally there are hope that talks between rival groups in libya will end the months of fighting from one end of the country to the another. u.n.'s libya envoy flew into tobruk to meet in geneva. first general haftar, loyal to the recognized government in tobruk. >> we have to stand besides this man in order to achieve peace on this land and stop the bloodshed of our brothers, but which brothers? >> and against their rivals in tripoli where they've set up another government. the situation is complicated. there are now two parliaments backed by their own militias, but at last they've agreed to meet. >> the u.n. is suggesting that
geneva host the dialogue. >> reporter: the aim of the meet something to form an unity government adopt a permanent constitution and stop the fighting. that could be the greatest challenge. gangs of heavily armed fighters are battling for the control of territory, money and oil fields. tripoli's main international airport is closed, and on tuesday the last foreign airline operating in the country suspended flights. libya has become a dangerous and unpredictable place staggering from crisis to crisis. the u.n. wants to avoid a civil war, but things have got so bad it knows that not much time is left. nicole johnston, al jazeera. >> still ahead on the news hour, the lively hoods and homes that have been destroyed in zimbabwe, as if it doesn't have enough problems has been hit by the worst flood in years. >> and a spanish goalie had a lot to cheer about on his
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>> welcome to the al jazeera news. french security forces say they're looking for hayat boume boumeddiene. reports that she may have already left france. she's been linked to the killing of a policewoman and is said to be the girlfriend of one of those who have taken a number of hostages over the last few days. troops have been deployed around the french capital. there could be more violence after the death of four hostages and three gunmen on friday. nigerian police say a girl as young as ten could have been used to carry out a suicide attack in an attack that killed at least six people. okay returning to events in france and what would have been our top story for a number of days now, where the hunt is on
for this woman hayat boumeddiene. she is the girl of amedi coulibaly who was involved in the hostage killing at a supermarket. they're connected to the couachi brothers who were involved in the charlie hebdo attack. all four were known to french intelligence, and they apparently knew this was the intelligence praytive that cherif had been in yemen and claimed to have met a al-qaeda preacher in yemen until his death. >> we are the defenders of the prophet. i went to yemen and they
financed me a long time ago before he was killed. >> and here is the senior cleric from the al-qaeda branch in yemen. >> some of the french people were i i am polite about the prophets of god so some of prophet's warriors stood up. >> well, said kouachi is believed to have gone to yemen for training. as for amedi coulibaly he claimed to be a member of isil and was in prison for trying though free the man responsible for the paris metro bombing of 1995. on the day of the twin hostage crisis, amedi coulibaly called in to a tv station to say he was coordinating with the kouachi brothers. >> we have synchronized things to do operations together. we coordinated things in the beginning. it was agreed they would take
care of charlie hebdo. i would deal with the police. >> hmm the historian mr. gere told me that the french need to improve their intelligence gathering procedures. >> well, it is clear that there has been a problem of transmission of intelligence data. it was a there was information coming from the american secret services in yemen telling about the presence of one of the aggressors in yemen at that time. probably very close during the period where one of the major
leaders of--of the group has been killed, and the data was not transmitted properly. that's a manner of internal bureaucracy. it's a manner of refreshing the data. the data of yemen that were issued in 2011. that means more than three years ago, and that means that the issue was almost lost in a vacuum. that means that three and a half year later those individuals showed up for a mass murder operation, and it was very, very difficult to have immediately
the french in the fresh information for the french to be able to anticipate that kind of activity. it is clear that france has always been at the forefront for many reasons. the first one is that we have a huge muslim community, which is very well integrated in our society. but we have a problem with several people with a minority. we have a problem with the increased of radicalism. we have a problem with dealing with a number of problem of integration including the issue of the israeli. veil.
is it legal to wear it in schools? no. is it okay on the streets? yes. it's confusing for many people not only in france but in the muslim world in germ. so that means that we are a target. we also have to face reality. the reality is that there are problems inside our society. we need to cope with those problems and they are also problems outside of the french territory. that means that france is in the forefront, in the struggle against terrorism terrorism in mali terrorism in other areas france is participating in the
fight against daesh in iraq and syria through airstrikes, and clearly france is a target. having said that, you have to consider that those drawings made by charlie hebdo against the--not against the figures and prophet of the muslim, but just like the pope, jesus christ, this has been done five years ago five years ago charlie hebdo was a target just before mali and iraq and syria. >> in iraq 26 peshmerga fighters have been killed. they were the target of two car bombs southeast of nineveh close
to the sinjar mountains. that's where a group of isil fighters have been cornered for months. well the iraqi government, we understanding has prepared an isis in the the biggest city of mosul. >> the defense minister have visited peshmerga positions. the peshmerga have been making modest gains against isil in recent months. this visit however has less to do with their victories and more with a plan to retake mosul iraq's biggest city. >> the fight to liberate mosul will be soon. they will help each other to rise up against the foreigners and their helpers. we'll clear the land of this evil isil scourge.
>> the fight against isil will be a long and tedious one. they are seeking help from every corner in iraq. they are keen to get peshmerga support against the isil fighters and in return they're promising peshmerga more military support. but the need for more urgent supposed these militiamen against mosul. they have be camped out for months trained to fight isil. made up of volunteers and former policemen they say they're not on pace for several months. just a few rifles are all the workers. they have long complained that the shia led government in baghdad does not trust them enough and is not supporting them. the defense minister said that there is change in baghdad. >> the government now a nonpartisan in national support.
the prime minister committed to supporting all groups equally. we hope this positive attitude will continue and be widened. >> promising words but clearly not enough for as much. >> we have promises now, more than action, but still we hope we will get the help. the peshmerga say they are spread thin on the ground. however, mosul is just nine kilometers away from erbil. the fear of a strong isil command base that is close to their original capitol could drive more peshmerga fighters into the battle to retake control of mosul.
>> egypt's president has praised the country's judiciary for its independence. president al sisi spoke briefly at a courthouse. he said he's been careful not to interview with judicial affairs. al jazeera continues to demand the release of three of its journalists who have been in jail in egypt now for more than a year. mohamed fahmy, bader mohammed, and peter greste have been accused of broadcasting false news and helping the out lawed muslim brotherhood, charges they deny. their lawyers have asked for a retrial, which could begin in a month. sri lanka's new president maithripala sirisena, will announce his cabinet on sunday
he won the election after mahinda rajapaksa, who has ruled the country for decades. >> reporter: in central colombo is a mixed neighborhood where muslims, christians and buddhist live together. we asked them how they feel over the election and the victory of maithripala sirisena. >> this man has been baking bread here for 20 years. he earns around $10 a day. >> the government has elected a new president. that is good for us.
>> we hope to live in peace and this government will not make the same mistakes as the previous one. we hope that it will look after the poor. >> this is your typical working class neighborhood here in central colombo. we have a mosque a few feet in that direction, a temple here. people involved in business, shops, traders more than 80% of the votes from central colombo from neighborhoods like this one. this man is celebrating his 66th birthday today. he has two children, and he has been a mechanic for 35 years. >> the government has happened by the grace of god. we're hoping for development. if the development comes, and the poor are included, we will
be very happy. >> just a few of the millions of people here hoping for change on the day their president calls the beginning of a new political era for sri lanka. charles stratford al jazeera colombo. >> thousands of tamils were taking protection and perhaps a new era for tamils is not far away. >> living in tamil's state but this is not his home. he and his family fled sri lanka in 2009 when the sri lanka government defeated the tamil tigers. they accuse him of committing
war crimes against civilians yet the defeat brings mixed feelings. >> we're happy that rajapaksa was defeated, but we don't know what will happen to the tamil in the future. the killer of my people is governed. >> rajapaksa governed with an iron fist, and to many he was a hero at the end of the civil war, but many see him differently. the head of the regional tamil party says that rajapaksa has much to answer for. >> like hitler and mussolini rajapaksa is responsible for.
>> some believe that enthusiasm for maithripala sirisena should be curbed until he has had time to prove himself. >> he had not made any promise or any assurance specifically for the tamils, giving more to the local government. >> equal treatment would mean the return to sri lanka without being haunted by ghosts of the past. the main sentiment is one of relief that rajapaksa is out of office but many are taking the wait-and-see approach before passing judgment.
>> in zimbabwe thousands of people have lost their homes because of severe flooding. >> reporter: walking through what is left of her village sodden bricks and collapsed walls, this woman and hundreds of others have lost their homes and livelihood to flooding. >> that is my homestead. i owned a motorcycle, a grinding mill and livestock i lost all of them. >> reporter: some have described the floods as the worst to hit the country in years. the red cross said that at least 11 people have died. some were swept away by swollen rivers. heavy rain inundated central and northern areas of the country. >> on the second, third and fourth of january we did have a deep low pressure sitting over the northeastern corner, and
that brought in huge amounts of rain. those able to reach this aid center have been given tents for temporary housing but the red cross said that it needs more funding to help the thousands of others affected. many have no choice but to pack up and leave their villages. they're moving to stay with relatives on higher ground. erica wood, al jazeera. >> now we go to sports. >> that's right. thank you so much. chelsea beat newcastle in in the english premier league. oskar would opens the scoring with just minutes in the first half. final score 2-0, jose mourinho mourinho's men stay at two point at the top. everton drew 1-1, but liverpool is unbeaten after defeating
sunderland 1-0. >> the exciting thing is that my two years here we've always been the second part of the season. that's where we want to be. we still have all these guys to come back into the squad so. >> real madrid moved four points clear from the top they're $95 million summer signing got them on their way. scoring 12 minutes in. just before the half mark hour mark garrethbales would score. the barca president and enrique
has spoken glout this is not about being supported by the club. i do my job at full capacity. what i can tell youer you i have not faced that situation yet. >> the only goal of this group a match came in stoppage time in the first half. the header was kept out by the goalkeeper, south korea are now level on three points with hosts australia. over in brisbane china beat saudi arabia 1-0. they could have given the saudis the lead but the penalty was saved by china's keeper. on his 26th birthday. china broke the deadlock in the
81st minute through a free kick. it was enough to give them three points to take control. tennis now spain's ferrer has taken his second title. world number two needed 53 minutes to win his semifinal match. taking it in straight sets, 6-2 6-2. federer will take on go into sunday's final. the russian top seed came
sharapova now has 34 wa titles. and considering to be considered among the treats for the australia title. the world number one serena williams to go one up. the u.s. drew level when the american joined isner in the men's final. poland would have their first ever hopman cup's title. australia is often thought of as the home of surfing but it's a sport that is relatively new there. it was only a century ago that a hawaiian taught them how to catch a wave. >> today it's one of the most popular beaches in sydney, a century ago it was the scene of an historic event.
fresh water beach is australia's home of surfing. the statue of duke kahanamoku explains why. kahanamoku was an olympic winning swimmer but the hawaiian also surfed. so when he came to australia in 1915 to swim, he brought his board. his name proud crowds and publicity and noncodo what duke could. his exhibition surf brought a massive burst to australia, a country that then took to the sport like no other. >> from what he did the industry with was swarmed. we've only been surfing for a short time, hawaiians have been surfing for many years. they brought suffering but the competitive edge of the australian took it to another level.
>> reporter: it's pleased that one out of ten surfs at least once a year. today suffer surfers spend $10 billion buying boards, and even self-indulgent cameras stuck to their heads. >> there was no industry in 1915. kahanamoku made his own board. along with kangaroos and barbecues, surfing has become part of australia's cultural identity but it was a hawaiian who gave australians their enthusiasm for catching waves. al jazeera sydney. >> that's all your sport for now. >> thank you, thank you. a resupply mission to the international space station has gone very well after launching from cape canaveral. that's something that has been
going on for years. here is something rather new space recycling and the first-ever attempt to do this. >> reporter: and lift off of the space x falcon rocket. continuing the resupply chain to the international space station. >> this is the space company's sixth unmanned cargo mission. although the launch was successful there was disappointment in the key test objective. the company was aiming at a maneuver to salvage rockets first stage for later use. thrusters were supposed to bring it out to a soft target in the atlantic. the platform measuring 91 x 52 meters. but space x ceo reported that the rocket made it to ship but landed hard, close but no cigar
this time. bodies well for the future. that future would see a dramatic advance in space travel, reusable rockets as explained in a seminar last year. >> if we have rockets that are reusable we could reduce the fully reusable and get to a decent flat rate. >> musk said that it was undamaged although some parts will have to be replaced. he reported that the odds of the success were no better than 50/50. the 1.8-ton cargo with food, scientific experiments and spare parts is on course to reach the space station on monday. it's expected to then return to earth and splash down in the pacific. >> you've been watching the al jazeera news hour with me, david foster. that's all for now.
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>> high alert as the last suspect in the terrorist attacks remains at large. hello, you're watching al jazeera live from london. we're going to have more on that story, including new pictures are released showing the explosive moment when the first paris stand off happened. [ chanting charlie ] and across france hundreds of thousands unite to show their support for those killed. also coming up. >> i'll be bringing you t