ROME – The European Union has started sending anti-terror agents to migrant ‘hotspots’ in Italy and Greece in order to identify and, if necessary, neutralise, possible jihadist fighters exploiting the influx of refugees to enter Europe.
The initiative is being coordinated by the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) established by the EU at the start of the year and it is expected to become fully operational after the summer. The announcement comes from ECTC director Colonel Manuel Navarrete in an interview with Spanish daily El Pais.
The so-called Europol ‘guest officers’ have the task of helping the local authorities to identify possible terrorists hiding among refugees arriving in Europe.
“The danger exists and it is a new concept that we are developing,” Navarrete said.
Well at least they don’t have to travel far.