A Libyan official told BBC that the Islamic State was attempting to smuggle operatives on migrant boats headed for Europe.
The Islamic State is smuggling operatives into Europe on migrant boats, a Libyan official told BBC. According to the government official, Abdul Basit Haroun, the IS men hide between the many African migrants, who travel to Europe on rickety boats, in order to implement terror attacks on the continent.
The Libyan official’s claims are based on conversations with boat owners in North African regions that are controlled by different terror groups. He alleged that the IS was allowing the boat owners to ship off the boats in exchange for 50% of their income, which is made up of the money of the migrants who seek shelter in Europe.
The UN estimates that over 60 thousand people have attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea over the past year in order to reach Europe and start a new life there. Over 18,000 of them were killed in the journey as many overcrowded boats drowned at sea. Maltese and Italian maritime forces are sent to sea to rescue the lives of migrants daily.
Haroun further stated that the Islamic State was taking advantage of the great amount of people on the boats in order to disguise its operatives. “The European police don’t know who is from IS and who is a normal refugee,” he added.