Brussels Attack Lapses Acknowledged by Belgian Justice Minister

March 24, 2016 5:57 PM

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Brussels Attack Lapses Acknowledged by Belgian Justice Minister

BRUSSELS — Belgium’s justice minister acknowledged Thursday that the authorities had erred by not acting on Turkey’s request last year that they take custody of a Belgian citizen arrested for suspected terrorist activity. The man was one of the Islamic State suicide bombers in the devastating Brussels attacks.

The acknowledgment by the justice minister, Koen Geens, was the first high-level Belgian admission of blunder in the aftermath of the attacks on Tuesday, which have exposed missteps by European security officials and police, just four months after the Islamic State’s assault on targets in Paris.

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