5,000 jihadists could be at large in Europe


Europol Director Rob Wainwright said that the estimated thousands of returned jihadists “presents EU member states with completely new challenges.”

Between 3,000 and 5,000 EU citizens who were trained by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East have returned in Europe, Europol chief said.

Up to 5,000 EU citizens, trained in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State (IS), have returned in Europe, Europol chief Rob Wainwright said in an interview with Germany’s Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung newspaper.

On 20 February, Wainwright told the German daily that “Europe is currently facing the highest terror threat in more than 10 years.” He said that the EU Member States can expect by the so-called Islamic State (IS) or other religious terror groups to stage an attack somewhere in Europe “with th...

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