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Terrorists May Have Been to KEF-Airport

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Terrorists May Have Been to KEF-Airport

Keflavík International Airport

From Keflavík Airport. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Individuals with connections to ISIS or other terrorist organizations are suspected to have landed at Keflavík Airport a few times on their way to other destinations, Fréttablaðið reports. This was confirmed by Suðurnes Police Chief Ólafur Helgi Kjartansson. The information was published in a report by the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police

Agents at Keflavík Airport have access to international databases used for border control. The databases include information about people suspected to threaten the security of nations. A warning comes up when such individuals go through passport control.

“But people are not registered in this system unless there is ample reason for them to be,” says Ólafur Helgi and adds, “We participate in Europol and Interpol, so that nations and states cooperate in keeping an eye on criminals when they cross borders.”

“Most of the time,” Ólafur Helgi explains, “we can’t stop people, but we can notify police in their home country, or in their country of destination.” He explains we have certain duties toward other nations. “In particular, attempts have been made to watch whether people are being brought to ISIS forces or coming from them. Then we have sent notifications.”

Suspected terrorists have only made a stopover here, according to Ólafur Helgi. “We’ve seen no indication that terrorists regard Iceland as a final destination.”

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