International police agency, Interpol, has identified at least 173 Islamic State fighters that are hidden throughout Europe, strategically placed by their hierarchy in order to carry out deadly terrorist attacks.
U.S. intelligence cooperated with Interpol, combining documents found after government backed forces took Mosul back from the ISIS terrorists.
The jihadis were picked because they “manifested willingness to commit a suicidal attack or martyrdom to support Islam,” according to Interpol.
The Daily Caller reports:
European authorities fear that the eventual fall of ISIS could flood the continent with jihadis who look for revenge. Nearly 30 percent of European ISIS fighters have returned to the continent, according to the U.S. Department of State’s annual country report on terrorism.
U.S.-based security intelligence advisory firm, The Soufan Group, estimates approximately 5,000 Western European fighters traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS in 2015 alone.
“[Individuals] may have been trained to build and position improvised explosive devices in order to cause serious deaths and injuries,” an Interpol document obtained by the Guardian reads. “It is believed that they can travel internationally, to participate in terrorist activities.”
In addition, the jihadis that were picked also have the ability to travel internationally, so the police are unsure of how many are now on European shores.