Khalid: Paris couple never visited Malaysia

A call for witnesses released by the Paris Prefecture de Police shows Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly.

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar confirmed that the couple who was involved in the fatal hostage situation in Paris "never entered Malaysia."

The Inspector-General of Police tweeted via @KBAB51: "Paris attack - Checks by @PDRMsia resulted, Amedy and his wife Hayat have never entered M'sia."

Foreign media reports are claiming that the couple - Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene (pix) - had once travelled to Malaysia for holiday without giving specific dates of their arrival.

Coulibaly was gunned down by police after he had taken several people hostage at a supermarket in Paris on Friday. Boumeddiene managed to escape during the shoot-out with police.

Coulibaly, 32, and Boumeddiene, 26, lived in Bagneux where neighbours were quoted as saying they were a "devoutly religious couple."

The couple were quiet, respectful and normal, but disappeared from their suburban home about a month ago, the reports added.

According to French judicial documents, a police search of Coulibaly's residence in 2010 turned up a crossbow, 240 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, films and photos of him during a trip to Malaysia, as well as letters seeking false official documents.