Interpol releases Isis terror attack list
5 Interpol circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.
The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by US intelligence from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.
European counterterror networks are concerned that as the Isis “caliphate” collapses there is an increasing risk of determined suicide bombers seeking to come to Europe.
The list, sent out by the general secretariat of Interpol on 27 May, defines the group of fighters as individuals who “may have been trained to build and position improvised explosive devices in order to cause serious deaths and injuries. It is believed that they can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities.”
The data was originally collected by the US intelligence “through trusted channels”. The material was handed over to the FBI, which transmitted the list to Interpol for global sharing.
A note appended to the Interpol list circulated in Italy explains how the terrorist database was constructed from hundreds of elements, mainly gathered when Isis local headquarters were captured.
For each of the fighters, an ID was created to ensure that each member country in the Interpol network could integrate the data with local databases.