Turkey hands over suspect of Nice attack to France

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Armed security patrol outside a Jewish School in the Jewish quarter of the Marais district. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – On Friday, Turkish local media broadcasted a videotape showing Turkish policemen deporting one of the suspects of an earlier attack on French soldiers who were guarding a Jewish community center in Nice on January 4. 

A Turkish official told local media that the suspect Moussa Coulibaly, 30, was deported on Friday. 

France has provided the Turkish authorities with information about Coulibaly, in anticipation of his arrival to Turkey.

Turkey is deemed a transit point for many foreign jihadists to cross into Syria and Iraq.

Speaking to ARA News, the Turkish journalist Mohamed Usak said that this is a remarkable development in the new security cooperation between Turkey and France to crack down the movement of jihadists.

A Turkish official told the AP, under the condition of anonymity, that Coulibaly was arrested at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on January 29, 2015, five days before the attack. The official said  she was not authorized to reveal any further information about the case.

Coulibaly appeared in the videotape accompanied with a Turkish security member while taking him to a deportation gate in Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.

The French police had arrested the main assailant who launched the attack against the French soldiers, but they are still looking for the network that helped him in the operation, including Coulibaly, who is considered a prominent suspect of planning the attack, according to the French authorities.

 

Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed

Source: ARA News

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