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Belgians, Dutch Point Fingers Over Anti-Terror Intelligence

  • Netherlands had `no suspicions’ on El Bakraoui last July
  • Belgium says no prior notification of deportation by Turkey
Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

Belgian Minister of Justice Koen Geens.

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Belgium said it had no advance knowledge of the deportation from Turkey last summer of Ibrahim El Bakraoui, one of the suicide bombers who struck Brussels this week, as the Netherlands said it had no reason to take action when the man landed there in July.

“We weren’t warned until after the plane landed at Schiphol Airport,” Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens told reporters in Brussels on Thursday. “The only thing we knew before that, by the end of June, was that he had been arrested. He was expelled without further notice and without telling us he was going to be expelled.”