A senior Turkish official speaking to Daily Sabah said Thursday that Turkey deported and subsequently notified French authorities regarding the attacker of Normandy church.
The source said that Turkey was informed by French authorities on May 12, 2015 that Adel Kermiche intended to travel from Geneva to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) under the name "Kevin Kermiche."
Upon examination by terror profilers stationed at the airport, Kermiche was denied entry and deported to Geneva on May 14, 2015. The French authorities were immediately informed about Kermiche's deportation.
"According to our records, he was sent from Switzerland to France on 21 May 2015," the source said.
On 26 May 2015, Interpol dropped the search warrant for Adel Kermiche.
Kermiche and his accomplice Malik Petitjean, who was identified by French prosecutors on Thursday, slit the throat of an 86-year-old priest at the altar of a church located in northern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy region on Tuesday, while nuns were forced to watch.
The two terrorists were shown pledging allegiance to Daesh terror group in a video sometime before they stormed a church.