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Few Islamic State Group Fighters Return but Homegrown Attacks Rise, Europol Reports

Europeans who have fought on behalf of the Islamic State group have not flooded back in large numbers since losing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Europe’s police agency said on Wednesday, but they’ve inspired a growing number of homegrown attacks.

Manuel Navarrete, head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism Centre, told a press conference at its Hague headquarters that a big influx of returning fighters had not materialized.

“The main threat is coming from foreign terrorist fighters even though the numbers … that are returning are quite low,” he said, referring to outsiders who traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside militants there.

Read more at France24

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