There is no “verified” information suggesting that Hungarian citizens have joined the Islamic State terror group, the Prime Minister’s chief national security advisor has said.
However, there have been cases of Muslims living in Hungary sending cash transfers to ISIS, György Bakondi revealed, stressing that these individuals have been expelled from Hungary.
Speaking on public television station M1’s Wednesday evening programme, Mr. Bakondi said that Europol figures suggest that there are around 6000 terrorists in Europe at the moment, although the figure could be higher. The events in Belgium and Paris have revealed that a large percentage of perpetrators used the wave of illegal migration to enter Europe and there is no information of how many soldiers, coordinative officers, hate preachers or other potential terrorists arrived to Europe with the mass of people crossing several countries uncontrolled.
It has also become clear that in several countries, the integration of Muslims has failed, as several of the perpetrators lived in Europe as second or third-generation immigrants. Stressing that Islam as a religion and Islamic terrorism should not be confused with each other, Mr. Bakondi claimed that authorities have no knowledge of impoverished Muslim living in such subcultures on the fringes of society without qualification or language skills.
His words come shortly after Islamic State terrorists threatened Hungary by name on social media in a video message. Commenting on the events, Mr. Bakondi said in a separate appearance that the country is taking the threat seriously but there is no need to raise the level of terror alert.