The Turkish President revealed this evening that Ibrahim al-Bakraoui, one of the terrorists from yesterday’s Brussels terror attack, was deported from Turkey in 2015. According to Erdoğan, al-Bakraoui was released after the Belgian authorities after failed to prove he was a terror activist. The extensive manhunt for the 3rd terrorist continues.
3rd terrorist who is still at large Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Today (Wednesday), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that one of the terrorists who committed yesterday’s Brussels terror attack, Ibrahim al-Bakraoui, was previously in Turkey. Al-Bakraoui, according to Erdoğan, was deported from Turkey in June 2015. Erdoğan stressed that Turkey sent the terrorist to Holland, at al-Bakraoui’s request, and warned the Dutch and Belgian authorities about him. However, he was apparently released shortly after he arrived in Holland, despite Ankara’s warning and recommendations.
“Despite our warnings that this person was a foreign terrorist fighter, Belgium could not establish any links with terrorism,” added Erdoğan. According to the Turkish President, al-Bakraoui- whose brother was the suicide bomber at the metro station- was arrested on the Syrian-Turkish border and Belgium was updated regarding his extradition to Holland in June 2015.
After ISIS took responsibility for the terror attack in Belgium, the local authorities clarified that there has been another terror threat made against the country.
Meanwhile, the coalition against ISIS is apparently preparing to respond in a significant matter to yesterday’s attack: US President Barack Obama clarified that the US will “continue to go after ISIL [ISIS] aggressively.”
“The world has to be united against terrorism,” said Obama during a press conference in Argentina. The US President also pledge that his country will assist the Belgian authorities in investigating yesterday’s terror attack.