Europe is facing a new “Isis 2.0” wave of terrorism from radicalised individuals returning from conflict zones in the Middle East to their home countries and jailed jihadists who will be completing relatively short prison terms in the next few years, Interpol’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock told the AAPA.

Speaking to some 30 members on Dec. 19, Mr. Stock remarked that prisons act as incubators for radical ideology. Despite claims that Isis has been defeated in combat, he said, it still poses a serious threat as an underground organisation.

He said Interpol is continuing to build its international database of biometric data to identify criminal and terrorist suspects, who are using fake or stolen ID documents for multiple identities, making it difficult for global law enforcement services to track them down.

This database is increasingly being used to crack down on cross-border criminal activity, notably cybercrime, people and drug trafficking and sex crimes.

Mr. Stock admitted that law enforcement agencies have difficulty penetrating the Dark Net, where 60% of the content involves illegal activity.

-David Pearson


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