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Dutch government blamed for fire
Schiphol airport
The immigrants died in a detention centre at Schiphol airport
An independent inquiry has blamed the Dutch authorities for the deaths of 11 illegal immigrants in a fire at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

The report says the Dutch justice ministry had been warned the airport's prison complex was a fire risk.

The building did not meet requirements for fire safety, and there were no guards on duty when the fire broke out last October.

Lawyers for the victims' relatives say they may sue the government.

The leaked report said that the government and the local council were responsible for safety failures before and during the fire.

Opposition MPs said the conclusions of the investigation by the independent Safety Standards Council were shocking.

The document is to be made public at the end of September.

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