The attorney general for Australia has warned about the gravitation of the country’s nationals towards the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group, noting a change in the trend of radicalization.
George Henry Brandis said on Saturday that increasing numbers of young women were joining the group.
“At an earlier time, perhaps even six months ago, we were concerned almost entirely about young men,” Brandis said.
“But a more recent estimate by the national security agencies suggests that a growing number of young women are traveling to participate in that fighting as well.”
Brandis said about 90 Australians were now believed to be caught up in the conflict, compared to 70 last year.
The ISIL extremists have been engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control in Iraq and Syria. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.
Also on Saturday, Spain’s police arrested four people in the city of Ceuta, an exclave located on the north coast of Africa, on suspicion of belonging to a Takfiri militant group. Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said the detainees “are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically, and mentally.”
Earlier in the month, Belgian police shot dead at least two suspected militants and left another seriously injured during counter-terror raids in the country’s east.
In a video, released by ISIL militants, three Frenchmen are seen burning their passports and calling on Muslim French citizens to join the Takfiri group and kill “nonbelievers.”
Thousands of people from Europe are said to have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the ISIL militants, which currently control some parts of the two countries.
On Friday, a US court jailed a “radicalized” Colorado teenager intercepted by the FBI when she attempted to join her fiance to fight in Syria.