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Islamic State 'has 60-80 operatives planted in Europe'

Published 19/11/2016

Fighting is ongoing in Syria (AP)
Fighting is ongoing in Syria (AP)

The Dutch counter-terrorism coordinator said Islamic State (IS) has between 60 and 80 operatives planted in Europe to carry out attacks.

Dick Schoof said would-be fighters are also heeding messages from IS "asking them not to come to Syria and Iraq, but to prepare attacks in Europe".

One result is that over the last six months the number of "foreign terrorist fighters" has not grown, he said, but the fact that they are not travelling "does not mean that the potential threat of those who would have travelled is diminished".

Mr Schoof said ongoing military operations to oust IS from its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq is also scattering its fighters.

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