Turkish official: Brussels attacker was deported from Turkey twice

March 24, 2016 13:15

ISTANBUL - One of the attackers in the Brussels suicide bombings, Ibrahim El Bakraoui, was deported twice from Turkey last year, in July and August, a Turkish government official said on Thursday.

A second senior Turkish official said Bakraoui's initial deportation in July was based on police suspicion that he was a foreign militant fighter, but no crime was committed in Turkey, describing his expulsion as an "administrative deportation".

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