Oct 11, 2016

Terrorists used Hungary as a 'gateway into western Europe'

According to Hungary's center for counter-terrorism, ISIS set up a 'logistics hub' in Hungary in the summer of 2015 at the peak of the migrant crisis

Following our story last month, where we revealed the journey taken through Hungary by terror groups responsible for the Bataclan shootings and a series of attacks in Belgium, the UK's Daily Mail has today run with a similar story.

The newspaper writes that several of the ISIS jihadis who launched  a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last November - slaughtering hundreds of innocent people - entered Europe through Hungary by posing as refugees.

Seven of the nine Islamist extremists involved in last year's attacks in Paris slipped through the country's borders by using fake Syrian passports and posing as migrants. 

Hungarian security officials revealed how they had gained entry to Europe - and said some of them were also understood to have taken part in the Brussels attacks last March, which claimed 32 lives.

They were among 14 members of ISIS terror cells using Hungary as a gateway to western Europe.

The attacks in Paris on November 13 targeted the Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national stadium, killing 130 people.

According to Hungary's center for counter-terrorism, it is thought ISIS set up a 'logistics hub' in the country in the summer of 2015 at the peak of the migrant crisis, when jihadis slipped into Western Europe through Eastern Europe's Balkan routes.

Paris ISIS attacker Salah Abdeslam is believed to have played a key role in the logistics of the Paris attacks, hiring the cars and renting safe houses for the other members of the ISIS cell. 

He is understood to have made four trips to Hungary in August and October 2015 in which he picked up other militants linked to both the Brussels and Paris terrorist attacks.