By Adam Białous
Lithuanian intelligence agencies have reported that ten people who entered the country illegally from Belarus belong to terrorist organizations. Several of these people have already been deported.
Laurynas Kasčiūnas, chairman of the Lithuanian parliamentary committee on national security and defense, informed the media about the terrorists who came to Lithuania with the immigrants. “Ten people who entered Lithuania illegally have been exposed. They are each associated with a terrorist organization or group,” the chairman said. He added that another ten people will be checked for membership of terrorist organizations. They are also likely to be deported.
The people recognized by Lithuanians as terrorists belong to various terrorist organizations. The deported Chechens belonged to Islamic-Caucasian terrorist groups. A Cameroonian national had joined the terrorist organization Boko Haram. An Iraqi citizen associated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has carried out numerous attacks in the past, was also deported.
Since the beginning of the summer, there has been a migration crisis in the Lithuanian-Belarusian border region supported by the regime in Minsk. More than 4.1 thousand people have already crossed the border illegally. Currently, the pressure of immigrants at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border has increased again.
Many people who have entered Lithuania illegally from Belarus manage to enter Poland. They flee Lithuanian refugee centres and are then taken by smugglers to Poland and further west. Recently, officials of the border guard post in Sejny (Seine, Podlaskie) arrested 12 foreigners who had illegally crossed the Polish-Lithuanian border. 4 people who helped them cross the border illegally were also arrested. The arrested foreigners are Syrian citizens who had previously illegally crossed the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. Another large group of Syrian nationals was arrested a few hours later in the village of Hołny Majera near Sejny.
The Polish authorities are failing to detain all migrants. According to the German Federal Police, more than 4,300 migrants have already entered Germany illegally via the new migration route via Belarus and Poland since August of this year. The federal states most affected by the new wave of migration are Brandenburg, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The migrant centres there are already full.