Brussels attacks: airport suicide bomber el-Bakraoui ‘caught in Turkey last June’ – live
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Many of Thursday’s newspaper front pages are still focused on Brussels: the mourning and the questions that have followed revelations about the identities of some of the bombers.
En zo ziet de voorpagina van donderdag 24 maart eruit: pic.twitter.com/SJvsmRpw19
The UK’s Daily Telegraph reports that Belgium was ordered to “overhaul” its border force just three weeks ago because guards were failing to check arrivals from high-risk countries against the EU’s counter-terrorism database.
The Telegraph says the European Council gave Belgium “an extensive list of recommendations” on 29 February to address its “deficient” border security:
At Brussels Charleroi airport, which runs budget flights to Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey, untrained border officers were deployed to check passports, and mandatory daily briefings on new security threats did not take place.
The report says that Belgium must “ensure that only the officers who passed the basic border guard training are deployed to perform border checks”.