Turkey warned France twice about one of Paris bombers

Media accounts say that Turkish authorities have previously informed French officials on suspected relations of one of Paris suicide bombers who was first attacker identified by French security apparatus

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People light candles for the victims of the Paris terror attacks in front of a press club in Islamabad, Pakistan on November 16, 2015.

Turkish authorities twice informed their French counterparts about the suspected relations of one of the Paris suicide bombers, who was the first assailant identified by the French security officials, according to various media accounts.

The identified Paris attacker is Omar Ismail Mostefai, whose detached finger has been found at the Bataclan concert hall of Paris.

The assailants, including Mostefai reportedly targeted six different locations in Paris last Friday night, killing at least 129 people and injuring more than 300 others.

Anadolu Agency, based on information from Turkish authorities, reported that there are official records on the entrance of Mostefai to Turkey, but there is no documentation on his exit from the country.

French government requested information about the four terror suspects from Turkish authorities on Oct. 22, 2014, according to Anadolu Agency.

Replying to this request, Turkish security officials determined that Mostefai, who was not mentioned by France, had been together with the four suspects France asked about and informed the country on Mostefai’s movements and relations a couple times in December 2014 and June 2015.

However, Turkey did not receive a turnabout from French security apparatus requesting further information on Mostefai, Turkish sources noted.

“It was only after the Paris attacks that the Turkish authorities received an information request about Omar Ismail Mostefai from France,” British Guardian reported today, citing an anonymous Turkish official.

Turkish security forces have carried out scores of operations against DAESH terrorist organisation in several provinces of Turkey since late October, following the deadliest terror attack in the modern history of the country, that took place in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 10.

Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office of Ankara issued an extensive statement on Oct. 28, concerning the Ankara bombings, indicating that the attacks were plotted by DAESH terrorist organisation and that the suicide bombers received the order to carry out the attack from DAESH members in Syria.

The bombing targeted a march organised by leftist labor unions and political parties, killing 102 people and injuring more than 500, according to the Turkish authorities.

Furthermore, Turkish media reports claimed that Turkey will launch its comprehensive operations against the DAESH strongholds in northern Syria in mid-December, under closer coordination with the US-led coalition forces, in order to establish a “refugee zone” in the region.  

Turkish warplanes in late October hit DAESH targets, which were located in an area around the Harjalah village between Marea and Azez, where Turkey and US-led coalition forces have long disagreed regarding the establishment of an “ISIS-free zone” following the Incirlik deal between the allies.

French Defence Ministry announced its warplanes struck DAESH's self-proclaimed capital in Syria, the city of Raqqa, on Sunday evening in response to the deadly Paris attacks.

Hollande described the incidents as “an act of war” on Nov. 14, saying that “Faced with war the country must make the appropriate decisions. It is an act of war that was prepared, organised planned outside the country with inside complicity that the investigation will establish.”

"France, because it was attacked in a cowardly, shameful and violent way, will be merciless toward the ISIL [DAESH] barbarians. It will act using all means according to the rule of law, in all terrains - interior and exterior - in accordance with our allies,” he added.

TRTWorld and agencies