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The high-profile spouses of ISIS killers frequently have surprising backgrounds from bikini-wearing sun worshipers to guitar-toting band members.

The high-profile spouses of ISIS killers frequently have surprising backgrounds from bikini-wearing sun worshipers to guitar-toting band members.

ISTANBUL—On the CCTV footage released by Turkish police, the widow of just one associated with the Islamic fanatics in charge of last week’s terror rampage in Paris comes across as prim, even drab, as she passes through passport control during the airport here.

Hayat Boumeddiene’s tightly drawn white headscarf and hooded coat is a cultural world away from the scanty bikini she was wearing in a photograph that showed her on a beach fondly clutching future assassin Amedy Coulibaly. The holiday snap was taken before 2009, when she began to cover herself up with scarves and veils.

The transfer is startling from sun-worshipper and eager holidaymaker into the buttoned-up moll of an Islamic assassin.

The 26-year-old looks giddily in love cuddling Coulibaly—a display of public affection hardly in keeping with the puritanical strictures of Salafi jihadis.

Her now-dead partner also used to pursue a lifestyle that clashed with the teachings of Islamic militants. Neither were paragons of religious rectitude. French police arrested Coulibaly on a string of theft and drug offenses before he embarked in the path of jihad and finished up gunning down four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris week that is last. Into the caliphate of the Islamic that is self-styled State where, based on Turkish authorities, Boumeddiene has found sanctuary and to whom Coulibaly apparently aligned himself, theft and drug use incur far worse punishments than those meted out because of the unenlightened West—including flogging, amputation, and execution. (más…)