January 12, 2015 7:44 AM EST

ISTANBUL, Turkey — The suspected accomplice of one of the Islamist militants behind last week’s attacks in Paris crossed into Syria from Turkey on Thursday, according to Turkey’s foreign minister.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told a state-run news agency on Monday that Hayat Boumeddiene flew from Madrid to Turkey on Jan. 2. She stayed at a Istanbul hotel and then crossed into Syria on the same day her common-law is suspected of killing a policewoman in Paris, Cavusoglu added.

“We understand this thanks to telephone recordings,” Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency. “We provided [French authorities] with the information as soon as we got it, without them even asking…”

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