Colonel Richard Kemp, who has worked for the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee, said: ‘This is an extremely attractive route for the IS to move people from Syria into Europe’
Islamic State terrorists are sneaking into Europe by mingling with boatloads of desperate refugees.
Asylum seekers who risk their lives on sea crossings are unwittingly shielding the very evil they are fleeing from.
The IS killers are among the surge of 1,000 migrants a day braving the perilous five-mile trip from the Turkish coast to the Greek holiday isle of Lesbos.
An island port officer told the Sunday People: “IS can easily send fighters here to get to mainland Greece and on to wherever they want. It’s a huge and continuing problem.
“What’s happening is incredibly dangerous. The smugglers, who are making lots of money, put too many people on tiny boats. Many have drowned. There will be more.
“The Turkish government needs to stop them coming. We can’t stop them once they arrive. We’re only a small force and there are 1,000 immigrants arriving here every day. The situation is out of control. We need help.”
Lesbos is a particular magnet. The UN estimated that 15,000 migrants arrived in June, more than in the whole of 2014, when 12,187 declared themselves refugees. The Greeks are managing to process 200 people a day and send them to the capital Athens, from where they can seek asylum. But that is far short of the 1,000 a day arriving.
Security expert Colonel Richard Kemp, who has worked for the Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee, said: “This is an extremely attractive route for the IS to move people from Syria into Europe.
“The more people going to Lesbos, the more attractive it is for IS as it’s much easier to send both individuals and small groups of fighters concealed by large groups of so-called refugees. It’s a big risk which needs to be stopped.”
He said Nato should tell Turkey, one of its members, to stop the traffic. Also EU nations should send ships to patrol the waters near the Greek islands to stop the migrants. Australia has done this with Indonesia.
Col Kemp added: “It’s a huge and increasing problem that has to be stopped, not only for anti-terrorist purposes but also as Europe simply can’t continue to absorb such huge numbers of illegal immigrants.