Turkey's Erdogan: Belgium should account for intelligence failures

March 25, 2016 19:18

ANKARA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the Belgian authorities on Friday of being soft on militant groups and said they should account for intelligence failures in the run-up to Islamic State suicide bombings in Brussels.

Erdogan, still smarting from the presence of pro-Kurdish militant protesters near an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels this month, said European authorities had shown themselves "incapable" after Turkey deported one of the Brussels attackers last July but he was subsequently released.

Erdogan has repeatedly equated the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency in Turkey's southeast, with Islamic State, saying both are terrorist organizations and accusing Europe of failing to adequately condemn the PKK.

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