4 Apr 2018 13:31

ISIL migrating to Africa, returning to Asia, Europe after defeat in Syria, Iraq - Shoigu

MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax) - ISIL (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) is migrating to other parts of the world having suffered a defeat in Syria and Iraq, which increases the threat of terrorism, including in Africa, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the Moscow Conference on International Security.

"Essentially, the militants are migrating from Syria and Iraq to other regions after the defeat of ISIL," Shoigu said.

"Terrorist activity is intensifying in Africa, and the jihadists are returning to Asia and Europe," he said.

This leads to a growth in cross-border crime and creates a breeding ground for extremist and separatist movements worldwide, Shoigu said.

"Terrorist cells are being formed in most parts of the world, including Southeast Asia. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the terrorist threat is global and not a single state can feel secure," Shoigu said.