NATO security chiefs warn of ISIS plan for nuclear attack on Europe

NATO security chiefs say there is 'justified concern' that Islamic State militants are actively working to obtain nuclear, radiological and biological materials.

April 21, 2016 09:28
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A member of a militia kneels as he celebrates victory next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by ISIS militants. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Islamic State terrorists are plotting to carry out biological and nuclear attacks on Europe, warned NATO security experts on Wednesday, according to reports by the Telegraph.

NATO security chiefs told participants of the Security and Counter Terror Conference in London that there is a 'justified concern' that Islamic State militants are actively working to obtain nuclear, radiological and biological materials.

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According to the experts, ISIS operatives are also developing new ways to avoid security measures to carry out bombings. These methods include planting bombs in human bodies and hacking self-driving cars, reported the Telegraph.

“We know terrorists are trying to acquire these substances,” said NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Dr. Jamie Shea.

It is also feared that ISIS has obtained a stock pile of Iraqi short range missiles.

Dr. Shea warned the conference that the threat is "likely to get worse before it gets better."

Earlier this month,  INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock underlined that, like other forms of terrorism, nuclear terrorism remains an ever-present threat, and must be at the forefront of collective security efforts.

“The terrorist threat of today remains indivisible from the threat of nuclear terrorism tomorrow,” said Stock, speaking at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) before world leaders from more than 50 countries as well as heads of international organizations.

“Any gap in our response represents an opportunity for criminals and terrorists to purchase, smuggle or deploy the materials needed for a weapon of mass destruction. This is why our response must be global, and leverage global networks– a strictly local or regional approach presents security gaps we cannot afford,” he said.

INTERPOL provides a global platform via its CBRNE (Chemical, Biological,  Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) program to strengthen regional capabilities worldwide through investigative support and global operational information sharing with other agencies.

Rosie Perper contributed to this report.

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