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Turkey warned Belgium about Brussels attacker: Erdogan

Turkish president says Turkey deported suspected attacker involved in Tuesday's Brussels bombings back in June 2015 and warned Belgium he is foreign militant

23.03.2016 - Update : 28.03.2016
Turkey warned Belgium about Brussels attacker: Erdogan Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) hold a joint press conference after their official meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkey on March 23, 2016. ( Aykut Unlupinar - Anadolu Agency )



Turkey deported one of the attackers involved in Tuesday’s Brussels explosions back in June 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Addressing a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Turkish capital Ankara Wednesday, Erdogan said Belgium was warned that the attacker captured in Turkey's southeastern Gaziantep province in 2015 was a foreign militant.

"However, despite our warnings that this person is a foreign terrorist fighter, Belgium failed to detect the terrorist links of this person," the Turkish president said.

Later, Turkish Foreign Ministry sources named the deported attacker as Ibrahim el-Bakroui.

At least 31 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured in multiple explosions at Zaventem airport and a metro station in Brussels Tuesday morning.

Belgian media identified two suspected suicide bombers at the airport blasts as brothers Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakroui.

Erdogan said terrorism could only be overcome through political alliances across the world. "The world needs to redefine terror, terrorist and terrorism," he said.

Iohannis agreed the response against terror threat must be both common and certain. 

He said Turkey is an important partner for solving the EU’s many problems. 

"Turkey hosts numerous refugees in its territories and it has a key role in controlling the flow of refugees, ending human trafficking and humanitarian assisstances," he said. 

"I welcome last week's agreement with the EU and hope that it will help to decrease of the flow of refugees dramatically," he added. 

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