Terrorist-linked migrant sent out of Lithuania – minister

  • 2021-09-28
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The migrant suspected of having had ties with terrorists has been already sent out of Lithuania, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite has confirmed.

"Yes, that person is definitely no longer in the Republic of Lithuania," she told ministers on Tuesday.

In her words, responsible institutions continue to closely monitor the situation and exchange information with other countries and "our institutions are taking necessary action they need to take".

Earlier this week, Polish institutions said dozens of migrants detained by Polish officers had evidence linking them with extremist activity, including ties with the Taliban and the Islamic State. Some of them also used to live in Russia.

In early September, Lithuanian institutions said one illegal migrant was being sent out of the country due to possible ties with terrorists as the person might pose threat to national security.

Nearly 4,200 migrants, mostly Iraqi citizens, have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus illegally so far this year. Vilnius accuses the Minsk regime of orchestrating the unprecedented migration influx, calling it "hybrid aggression".