Turkey notified France twice in December 2014 and June 2015 about one of the attackers that were responsible for the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, a senior Turkish government official said on Monday.
Turkey only received an information request from France about Ismael Omar Mostefai after Friday’s attacks, the Turkish official said.
Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of Paris, is the only attacker to have formally been named by police in France. He was identified by the print from one of his fingers that was severed when his suicide vest exploded.
Turkey received an information request from France on Oct. 10, 2014, regarding four terror suspects but during its investigation identified a fifth individual, Mostefai, the official said. It twice notified France of its findings but only heard back after Friday’s attacks.
Under pressure from Western allies to ramp up its fight against Islamic State, Ankara opened up its air bases to the U.S.-led coalition in July and has tightened border controls to try to stop the flow of foreign jihadists. But it has complained about a lack of robust intelligence sharing between allies and urged the West to provide more information about potential suspects.