Interpol detects suspected terrorist fighters in Mediterranean

A maritime border operation coordinated by Interpol has detected more than a dozen suspected foreign terrorist fighters travelling across the Mediterranean, the international police organisation reported on Thursday.

Operation Neptune II was carried out at seven seaports in six countries: Algeria, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia during the summer tourist season. It was focused on the threats posed by suspected foreign terrorist fighters using maritime routes between North Africa and Southern Europe in this period. Supported by an Interpol team on the ground, the intelligence-led operation also targeted criminal networks involved in human trafficking, people smuggling, firearms trafficking and the drugs trade. Officials at the seaports carried out more than 1.2 million searches across Interpol’s databases for stolen and lost travel documents, nominal data and stolen vehicles. Interpol’s databases currently hold details of more than 50,000 foreign terrorist fighters.

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