- - Friday, April 1, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Belgian airport police are threatening to go on strike due to the existence of more than 50 supporters of the Islamic State who are working as cleaners and baggage handlers at the Brussels airport. These individuals have security badges which gives them access to sensitive areas and aircraft themselves, which could lead to another terrorist attack. In a drastic move, police published an open letter about the situation as their warnings had gone unheeded and the ISIS supporters were still employed. Airport police have also given evidence that individuals have been caught scouting the airport for future terrorist attacks.

The extraordinary claims come after the Mail reported how the family of two of the bombers involved in the attacks last week said they had worked as cleaners at the airport. ‘Some people suspected of having fought in Syria came to the airport as “false tourists”. We reported their presence but we do not know if anything was done with that information,’ the airport police wrote in their letter, reported the Daily Mail UK.

‘When we checked these people, we were surprised more than once. It was men with a radical ideology and a long police history,’ the officers continued. ‘Even today, there are at least 50 supporters of the Islamic state who work at the airport. They have a security badge and have access to the cockpit of a plane.’ Officers also reported celebrations by certain employees after recent terrorist incidents in Brussels. It seems some of the terrorists killed in the airport bombings had worked at the airport, gaining intimate knowledge to carry out the attacks.

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