Trained extremists heading to Europe: security sources

6th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A group of 25 Islamist extremists is planning to return to Europe after combat training in the Afghan-Pakistani border regions, French intelligence officials said on Wednesday, citing a US tip-off.

The warning came at a time of high alert for possible attacks in European countries following warnings by several countries.

"A group of 25 young people trained in combat" after travelling from their homes in Europe to the region, considered a hotbed of violent extremism, plan to head back again possibly via Turkey, one intelligence source told AFP.

The source said US intelligence services alerted their counterparts in Europe to the group's activities "a few weeks" ago and the warning was reiterated by British authorities.

One French official said the group of 25 has experience of fighting in the lawless border region where US-led forces are trying to root out leaders of the Al-Qaeda network, and could be able to organise other extremists in Europe.

© 2010 AFP

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