French authorities were informed twice about the suicide bomber Omar Ismail Mostefai by Turkey, but only received an information request about him after the Paris attacks, SIA
reports that a Turkish official told it the Guardian.
The official said Mostefai entered Turkey in 2013 and there is no record of him leaving the country.
On 10 October 2014, Turkey received an information request regarding four terror suspects from the French authorities, but Mostefai was not among them.
During an investigation, the Turkish authorities identified Mostefai and notified their French counterparts twice – in December 2014 and June 2015 – the official said.
“We have, however, not heard back from France on the matter,” the official said. “It was only after the Paris attacks that the Turkish authorities received an information request about Omar Ismail Mostefai from France.”
Mostefai, 29, was the first attacker named by French authorities. He was identified by prints taken from a severed finger found in the Bataclan concert hall.
French intelligence was reported to have been tracking Mostafei when he began spending time at a mosque with radical links in 2010, and is reported to be investigating whether Mostefai travelled to Syria between 2013 and 2014, a timeline that would match the official’s account of when he first arrived in Turkey.