Istanbul Suicide Bomber Entered Turkey As A Refugee

One of the worst fears of the migrant crisis has been realized in Turkey, as officials admit that the Islamic State linked suicide bomber that killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul entered the country as a refugee. From WSJ:

The Islamic State suicide bomber who killed 10 German tourists in the heart of Istanbul registered here as a Syrian refugee without setting off security alerts—even though his brother had blown himself up in Syria, Turkish officials said. The revelation highlighted concerns that extremists are using the migrant crisis to cross borders and carry out terrorist attacks.

Turkish officials identified the Istanbul bomber as Nabil Fadli, a Syrian born in 1988, who was fingerprinted in Turkey last week while registering as a refugee with immigration officials, but wasn’t on any watch list.

Muneef Taaei, a former Syrian opposition activist in the town where Mr. Fadli grew up, said Mr. Fadli was a regular foot soldier in Islamic State whose brother had blown himself up a few months ago in an attack on Syrian regime forces at an airport. Mr. Taaei, who now lives in Kuwait, said he had spoken to relatives, including Mr. Fadli’s cousin.

Turkish officials looking into Mr. Fadli’s background said they also learned Wednesday that his brother had been a suicide bomber at an airport in Syria.

How realistic is it to expect that any country can properly vet refugees when they’ve failed to do so in the past?

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

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