Turkey: We deported Brussels attacker to the Netherlands

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ahmet Davutoglu
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Turkish President Erdogan on Monday hailed a big victory for his ruling party in the country's parliamentary election and demanded the world respect the result. (AP Photo/Presidential Press Service, Pool)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says one of the Brussels attackers was caught in Turkey in June and deported to the Netherlands.

Erdogan says Wednesday that the Belgian authorities released the suspect despite Turkish warnings that he was “a foreign fighter.”

Erdogan did not name the attacker. He said the man was detained at Turkey’s border with Syria at Gaziantep and that Turkey formally notified Belgian authorities of his deportation on July 14.

Erdogan says “despite our warnings that this person was a foreign terrorist fighter, Belgium could not establish any links with terrorism.”

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