IS may be trying to exploit refugee debate: German minister

A mother hugs her children as migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 15, 2015Germany’s justice minister on Monday warned against drawing a hasty link between refugees and perpetrators of the deadly Paris attacks, warning that the IS group could be trying to exploit the debate over Europe’s migrant influx. The French police’s discovery of a purported Syrian passport near the body of one attacker in particular has sparked concerns that at least one of the assailants might have entered Europe with the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Syria’s civil war. “We are aware that the IS (Islamic State) is known to leave such false tracks behind to politicise and radicalise the issue over refugees in Europe,” Maas told public broadcaster ARD.

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