The terror organisation, also known as Daesh, “may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks” according to the European Parliament document compiled by its political analyst Beatrix Immenkamp in the wake of last month’s Paris attacks.
Hundreds of experts with chemistry, physics and computer science degrees, who are capable of manufacturing deadly weapons from raw materials, are believed to be among the new recruits.
And a staggering 150 cases of nuclear or radiological trafficking are reported annually as ISIS continues to wage war against the West.
The worrying report reveals: “Chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN)substances have been carried undetected into the European Union. Interpol’s monthly CBRN intelligence reports show numerous examples of attempts to acquire, smuggle or use CBRN materials.”
Rob Wainwright, head of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said after the Paris attacks: ‘We are dealing with a very serious, well-resourced, determined international terrorist organisation that is now active on the streets of Europe.
“This represents the most serious terrorist threat faced in Europe for 10 years.”
Police forces across Britain have been carrying out drills to ensure they will be ready if terrorists strike again but the EU report says the Government should “consider publicly addressing the possibility of a terrorist attack using chemical, biological, radiological or even nuclear materials”.
The report also warns: “At present, European citizens are not seriously contemplating the possibility that extremist groups might use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) materials during attacks in Europe. Under these circumstances, the impact of such an attack, should it occur, would be even more destabilising.”
Wolfgang Rudischhauser, director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Non-Proliferation Centre at NATO said: “ISIS actually has already acquired the knowledge, and in some cases the human expertise, that would allow it to use CBRN materials as weapons of terror.”
Nomi Bar-Yaacov, Associate Fellow in Chatham House’s International Security Department, added: “There is a very real risk of ISIS using unconventional weapons in Europe and beyond.”
Governments within the EU have been warned to be on the lookout for “other radicalised individuals, who have access to, or work in, sensitive areas” while intelligence services have been told to screen returning Jihadi fighters for “specialist CBRN knowledge”.