Greek officials: ‘Nearly impossible’ to ID jihadists among migrants

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Police in Greece say it is “nearly impossible” to determine if jihadists are among the wave of migrants flooding Europe.

“We don’t really know who is coming through,” one police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.

Migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos.
Migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The admission by Greek police comes after it was confirmed that a second Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terrorist who carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris had entered Europe posing as a migrant.

The first of the two jihadists who passed through Greece as a migrant was one of the men who blew himself up outside the Stade de France on Nov. 13. It was determined through his passport that he had registered himself as Syrian refugee Ahmad al-Mohammad on the island of Leros on Oct. 3.

At Greece’s main registration camp on the island of Lesbos, migrants and refugees line up to give their fingerprints, have a photo taken and be interviewed by agents from European border agency Frontex.

Observers say jihadists have already proven they can easily bypass those security measures.

The Greek police say officers are doing their best under the current guidelines.

“There isn’t a single officer here who would let a migrant through without first taking their fingerprints,” a police official said.

“External borders are checked… the refugees are checked and identified under European rules,” Greek Junior Interior Minister Nikos Toskas said.

Experts, however, said jihadists looking to enter with the migrant wave can easily obtain fake Greek documents from criminal syndicates.

Greek police reported that a gang of suspected forgers, most of them Pakistanis, were arrested on Lesbos on Nov. 18.

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