Eritrea: Islamic State Militants ‘Smuggled to Europe’

Asmara (HAN) May 19, 2015 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Security News. Hundreds of Eritrean asylum seekers are landing on the shores of Italy, but Sources said, the militants of of Islamic  State (IS) fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean.

Abdul Basit Haroun said smugglers were hiding IS militants on boats filled with migrants mainly from Eritrea.

Officials in Italy and Egypt have previously warned that IS militants from Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen could reach Europe by migrant boat.

Regional Security experts have cautioned that it is very difficult to verify or assess such claims.

Mr. Haroun based his claim on conversations with smugglers in parts of North Africa controlled by the militants.

He alleged that IS was allowing the boat owners to continue their operations in exchange for half of their income.
About 60,000 people are estimated to have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, fleeing conflict and poverty. Since the 2011 uprising, Libya has been without a stable government, and the chaos has allowed trafficking networks there to thrive.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Wow Geeska there you go again reaching into the lows of journalistic credibility.

    “Officials in Italy and Egypt have previously warned that IS militants from Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen could reach Europe by migrant boat. ”

    Why did Eritrea make the headline? you guys are really reaching with your headlines.. now a days. Please just put ethiopian header or djibouti header you certainly don’t represent iGAD or the horn that is for sure.

    Btw where is dijibouti and ethiopia in your list? djibouti is a muslim state for all intents and purposes and ethiopia is the second most populace state in Africa with 50% muslim population… If you can do math then your estimations are stupid to say the least.

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