Names of 173 suspected Islamic State fighters ‘trained and ready to strike Europe’

July 22, 2017
| Report Focus News

Interpol has published a list of 173 suspected Islamic State fighters believed to have been trained to orchestrate a terror attack in Europe.

The international police organisation created the list using information discovered through investigating the group’s “hiding places”, according to the Guardian.

The newspaper said the list contains names, the date they were recruited, last address, the mosque they have been praying at, their mother’s name and any photographs.

And that it defines the group of extremists as individuals who 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 list stated.

The information was collected by US intelligence, before it was handed over to the FBI who passed it on to Interpol for it to be shared.

A note attached to the list said suspects have been “identified through materials found in the hiding places” of IS, who “may have manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack”.

Interpol said it “regularly sends alerts and updates” on wanted terrorists and criminals through its secure global police communications network.

A spokesman said: “The purpose of sending these alerts and updates is to ensure that vital policing information is made available when and where it is needed, in line with a member country’s request.”

The paper also reports that there is no evidence any of those on the list have crossed borders into Europe.