ISIS has 11,100 blank Syrian passports: report
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 10-Sep-2017

Frankfurt, September 10: Security agencies claimed that Islamic state has 11,100 blank Syrian passports. Notably, Members of the group behind a series of coordinated bomb and gun attacks in Paris that claimed 130 lives in November 2015 were found to have used fake Syrian passports.

According to weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that, the stolen passports are genuine identity papers that have not yet been filled out with an individual's details, making them a valuable tool for forgers.

Investigators have assembled a list of serial numbers of the blank passports and the authorities that issued them, the newspaper reported, citing confidential documents from federal police and the interior ministry.

In total, German security services are aware of some 18,002 blank Syrian passports stolen from Syrian government sites, including thousands held by groups other than Daesh.

"Developments in connection with the refugee situation have shown that terrorist organisations are using the opportunity to infiltrate potential attackers or supporters into Europe and Germany undetected," a spokeswoman for the BKA federal criminal police told Bild am Sonntag.

However, "'Fake or altered passports are mostly used for illegal entry without further motives like carrying out a terrorist attack," the spokeswoman said.