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    EU Ignores Terrorist Tracking Tools Provided by US

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    According to FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center Director Christopher Piehota, European Union disregards terrorist screening mechanisms provided by the United States said on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Countries of the European Union (EU) have been disregarding terrorist screening mechanisms provided by the United States, FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center Director Christopher Piehota said on Thursday.

    "We provide them [EU] with support, and I would find it concerning that they don't use these tools to help screen for their own aviation security, maritime security, border screening, visas, things like that for travel," Piehota stated in an interview with CNN.

    The US official explained that European nations have not been systematically using US watch lists to identify suspected terrorists and screen arriving migrants.

    Piehota noted, however, that information sharing with EU countries has improved amid growing threat from the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as Daesh.

    On March 22, two suicide blasts ripped through the departure hall of the airport in the northeastern municipality of Zaventem while another explosion hit the Maelbeek metro station near the headquarters of the EU institutions killing over 30 people and injuring at least 300.

    US media reported that Ibrahim Bakraoui, one of the suspected Brussels suicide bombers, was put on the US terror watch list before the deadly November terrorist attacks in Paris.


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