BRUSSELS – The European Union’s top prosecutor said Monday she has been told that smugglers’ boats bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe are also carrying Islamic State group fighters.
Michele Coninsx, head of the EU’s judicial cooperation agency Eurojust, told reporters she received the information as part of the organization’s efforts to help EU nations jointly respond to illegal immigration, terrorism and cybercrime. Coninsx said the agency’s coordination efforts are ongoing and she couldn’t divulge what information EU nations had provided. She told The Associated Press it isn’t yet clear what problem the reported infiltration of Islamic militants may pose for European law enforcement. But she said groups like Islamic State are also using proceeds from people trafficking to fund terrorism.