Over 50 ISIS Supporters Already Found to Be Working Inside Brussels Airport Prior to Attack
As the Brussels’ airport remains closed ten days after radical Islamic terrorists with ISIS detonated suicide bombs in the arrival hall killing 32 and injuring hundreds more, the Belgium government and the national police union are engaged in tense negotiations to agree to terms prior to the re-opening the busy international hub.
Airport police have released the shocking revelation that at least 50 ISIS supporters have been employed at the airport in sensitive positions, like baggage handling, which entitled them to security badges gaining them access to airplanes.
“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 an open letter.
The letter went on to note that some of these employees appeared to “celebrate” the Islamic terror attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in coordinated strikes at a sports stadium and concert venue, as well as cafés and restaurants across the city.
“When we checked these people, we were surprised more than once. It was men with a radical ideology and a long police history.”
In fact, the police union had informed the Interior Ministry of Belgium on Friday, March 18 of its intent to order a walkout strike if security at the airport was not beefed up.
The deadly attack occurred four days later.
Relatives of two of the suicide killers, bothers Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui, revealed that the young men had worked at the airport.
In addition to the concerns about inadequate background and security checks on airport employees that have allowed ISIS sympathizers, and possibly members, to work at the airport, the union says they are understaffed and do not have appropriate weapons.
The union has vowed that its members will not allow the airport to re-open unless check-in procedures are moved to a distance away from the terminal building that services all airlines.