Informed Algerian sources have revealed that the International Criminal Police Organisation, Interpol, presented Algeria with a list of 1,500 people believed to be Islamic State (ISIS) fighters of different nationalities.
Interpol warned Algeria of their attempts to enter Algeria with forged passports. The list will allow border control to easily identify them and arrest them.
Algeria’s El-Khabar newspaper quoted a security source saying: “Algeria received detailed information from Interpol regarding the identities of extremists and fighters from 33 countries who are members of ISIS.”
The source added: “The extremists are carrying passports and cancelling them is very difficult, as Interpol was circulating information amongst the offices across the world with great difficulty until they protected their electronic databases last year.”
According to the newspaper report, Algeria was given the names of 1,500 ISIS fighters. Interpol also asked Algeria for permission from the higher authorities to use the Algerian airlines’ database in order to register stolen passports that may be used by terrorist organisations. Algeria also received a database with over 40 million travel documents possessed by Interpol in order to help arrest suspected members of terrorist organisations.
El-Khabar also reported that Algeria’s receipt of this new list of ISIS fighters coincides with its receipt of a smaller list with names of ISIS fighters and extremists after the Interpol General Assembly last year in Monaco. This list was meant to be distributed to all airports, seaports and border control areas in order to arrest anyone who tried to enter the country.