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Around 100 French nationals involved with ISIL: Minister

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says around 930 French citizens are either fighting for the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria or planning to join the terrorists.

Cazeneuve presented the figure, which includes 60 women, during an interview with French weekly Le Journal de Dimanche on Sunday.

The French minister added that some 230 French nationals are looking to head to the areas controlled by the ISIL militants and that an estimated 36 French militants have been killed.

Furthermore, at least 70 people have been prevented from leaving France after authorities received alerts that they were suspected militants.

France has adopted a law aimed at stopping suspected militants from travelling, including a ban on foreign travels of up to six months; the law also gives authorities powers to temporarily confiscate and invalidate their passports.

French lawmaker Sebastien Pietrasanta revealed earlier that around 100 militants who have fought in Syria and Iraq have returned to France.

Authorities fear that the French militants will use their combat skills against their countries upon returning home.

The Takfiri ISIL terrorists currently control parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions. They have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.

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